This week a new show will be coming on the Fox Network...it's called Touch. The show stars Kiefer Southerland as a single father, who is widowed, raising his son that he is unable to connect with. His son, Jake, never speaks, shows very little emotion, and doesn't not allow people to touch him...not even his dad. Jake is obsessed with numbers, much like a savant...writing long strings of them in piles of notebooks. He is also obsessed with cell phones. A social worker becomes involved, believing that this young boy needs care beyond what his father can give him. Unfortunately, Jake is placed in foster care, despite the pleas of his father.
Things change for Martin, the dad, when he meets a specialist on children with special needs; a professor that is an expert on children who possess special gifts, such as with numbers. From this professor, Martin learns of Jake's gift...the hidden ability to see patterns in everyday life that connect every life on the planet. Jake tries to connect with his dad through the numbers, although Martin just cares about communicating with his son. But Jake uses these numbers to send his dad a message and Martin realizes that he needs to figure out what these numbers mean. Martin realizes that his quest to connect with his son will alter the destiny of all humanity.
I can't wait to see this show. There have been other shows that show characters that may or may not have Asperger's or Autism...but not all of the characters are developed well. I'm looking forward to see what they do with this young actor's character.
Will you guys be watching it?