Kiefer Sutherland's Return To Television Gets Cautious Praise

Kiefer Sutherland can't have felt anything but pressure as his first major TV role since 10 phenomenal years spent on '24' aired for the first time last night (26 January 2012).
Fans and critics were certainly eager to see how the Canadian actor was going to follow up what has come to be known as one of the iconic TV characters of the 21st century in secret agent Jack Bauer.
'Touch,' which sees Sutherland playing a single father of a mute son who sees things other cannot, aired last night for the first time - and the answer to whether he's managed to follow up what may be career defining role successfully?
A cautious yes, according to the critics.
Newsday was effusive in its praise, saying the program was "A bit melodramatic, a bit manipulative, Touch is still one of the best pilots of the 2011-12 season to date," and others were similar praiseworthy though understandably a little more cautious given it was the pilot episode.
"It's Mr. Sutherland's portrayal of the father--unyielding in his effort to break through to his mute child and grasp what he's trying to say with his numbers--that is the heart of this story, the power likely to sustain this promising enterprise," said the Wall Street Journal, whilst
TV Guide said "[Touch is] emotionally compelling but wildly fantastical and undeniably manipulative."Not all were enthused though, The New York Times commented "The 11-year-old boy at the center of the story has never spoken and is also the show's narrator.
It's a perfectly acceptable device, if not a particularly interesting one in this case," whilst the Los Angeles Times weren't fans at all, stating "Ironically, given a show that so clearly wants to touch its audience--from that weighty one-word title on down--we have met, apart from Martin, hardly a single character who incorporates more than the hint of an actual person.

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Friday, November 7, 2008

"24" Exhibit

On the first day of a 15-day shooting schedule, two local South African stuntmen wait patiently in the rain for the next take. Persistent rain and incredible winds dogged the production for much of the cast and crew's time there.
For the South Africa shoot, the cast and crew of "24: Redemption" brought their own cameras and a hobbyist's enthusiasm for capturing anything and anyone who might wander into view, in this case series star Kiefer Sutherland.

These cars submerged in a rain-filled lake at the bottom of an abandoned quarry were supposed to be used as set dressing, but unfortunately the location was obscured by fog and rain on both days that producers tried to film there.

Life is rarely boring for agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland, who does most of his own stunts), and the excitement followed him abroad for "24: Redemption." The photo was selected from about 35 that were taken of the scene by various cast and crew.

In this photo taken with an infrared camera by producer Michael Klick, agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is on the run during the filming of "24: Redemption." The South Africa location actually is standing in for a fictional foreign country in the throes of a violent military coup.

Director Jon Cassar, center, director of photography Rodney Charters, right, and camera operator Guy Skinner set up a shot during the filming of "24: Redemption."

A kneeling Kiefer Sutherland and Siyabulela Ramba prepare for a scene during filming of "24: Redemption," in Cape Town, South Africa. The two-hour special, which airs Nov. 23 on Fox, will kick off Season 7 for the hit series, but this photograph is one of 48 taken by cast and crew that will be on display beginning Monday at Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.
(Kelsey McNeal / Fox)
November 6, 2008
Actor Robert Carlyle rehearses his first big scene with Kiefer Sutherland during a glorious break in the inclement weather in South Africa. This photograph and the other roughly four dozen that are part of the exhibit at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, have been reproduced in medium-to-large-scale prints for display. The exhibit runs from Monday through Jan. 11.
(Rodney Charters / Fox)
November 6, 2008,0,
The Story Behind The Pictures.
When Kiefer Sutherland and the crew of Fox's "24" traveled to South Africa earlier this year to shoot the two-hour opener to Season 7, they brought cameras and a hobbyist's enthusiasm for capturing anything that wandered into view.The results -- literally thousands of digital photos -- have been culled into an exhibition that will open Monday at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Featuring about 48 medium- to large-scale prints, the show contains many behind-the-scenes shots of Sutherland working on "24: Redemption," which airs Nov. 23.But the photographers said they are proudest of their non-"24" images -- the intimate portraits of the population and wildlife while on location around Cape Town. (In "Redemption," South Africa stands in for a fictional foreign country in the throes of a violent military coup.)"We shot there for six weeks in the winter, which was not a good idea," said Jon Cassar, executive producer and "Redemption" director. "It was a hard winter -- cold, rainy and windy. And you'll see it in the pictures.""24" producer Michael Klick ventured into the townships surrounding Cape Town with the goal of photographing local children."The townships all seem the same at first glance -- overcrowded, dirty and poor," Klick said. "But as you're there, you discern details and different levels of existence."During location scouting in the neighborhood of Sir Lowry's Village, the producer photographed four children walking down a rain-slicked street with a stop sign painted in front of them on the pavement. "It captures the flavor of the place but also begs the question: What's the future for these kids?" he said.At one point, Sutherland organized a trip to a wildlife preserve north of Cape Town. (Along for the ride were Cassar, Klick, director of photography Rodney Charters and others.) Their visit yielded images of elephants, giraffes and other animals. Another set of photographs focuses on local people working as extras on the set. In one, "rebel soldiers" use colorful children's umbrellas to protect themselves from a sudden rainstorm.Perhaps mindful of the "24" fan base, the show also contains photos of the show's trademark pyrotechnics.One image shows an explosion that propels Sutherland's character, Jack Bauer, through the air. The photo was selected out of 35 images taken by people during the filming of the scene.In that sequence, enemies fire a rocket-propelled grenade at the counter-terrorism agent, who manages to leap to safety -- and Sutherland performed his own stunt. A patch of dirt can be seen in the photo, where he is about to land; it was softened (with the help of a pad buried under the ground) to lessen the impact.

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