Another freshman American drama starts tonight: Touch, with Kiefer “Jack Bauer” Sutherland as the father of a mute (possibly autistic) boy who sees patterns everywhere and can predict the future. Created by Tim Kring, and with music by Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, it has a bit of a familiar feeling about it. Whether it will be a faux-Heroes just for one day remains to be seen: in America, Fox repeated its Glee trick of showing the pilot months ahead of the rest of the season, so having seen the first episode in January Stateside auds haven’t yet had a chance to see the second. This makes it difficult to gauge critical and public reaction, although the reception given to the first episode was moderately positive. We might review it here, or we might not, particularly given that Mad Men, Justified, and Dexter all start next week (Tonight, 8pm, Sky 1).
Then on Wednesday it’s the return of the only reality show you’ll see mentioned on Unpopcult, with the first of the new series of The Apprentice. There’ll be weekly episode threads immediately after someone gets fired, or whatever it is concludes each episode of the show. As you can tell I’m not the best person to be previewing it, so for something more in-depth head on over to Slouching towards Thatcham, where Tim’s got a detailed rundown on this year’s egomaniacs (Wednesday 21 March, 9pm, BBC1, and You’re Fired, 10pm, BBC2).