Weekend TV: 'Mad Men' season 5 premieres Sunday
BY RITA SHERROW World Television Writer
Thursday, March 22, 2012
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Original Print Headline: Time to tune in for 'Touch,' 'Mad Men' premieres
What a weekend for TV with the premiere of the new Kiefer Sutherland drama "Touch," the season premiere of "Mad Men" (finally!) and vampire love on "Being Human." Time to tune in.
Get in 'Touch'
You didn't know this but "1 + 1 = 3" on Thursday's premiere of "Touch" on Fox.
If you remember the pilot episode, which aired again last week, Sutherland is playing Martin, the widowed father of an incredible boy who gives no indication that his father exists. He doesn't speak, or look his dad in the eye, and his toy of choice is a cellphone. Martin's wife died in the World Trade Center on 9/11, and his life has been reduced from having a successful career at a newspaper to handling baggage at an airport. And, as we found out in the pilot, the father and son may have found sort of a way to communicate using numbers. Numbers when connected predict a coming event. Only the child (and the audience because of narration) knows what the numbers mean. Sutherland's character has to figure it out.
At its heart, it's a drama but with elements of science fiction, thrills and suspense, Sutherland said in a recent interview. The series debuts at 8 p.m. Thursday on channel 23, cable 5.
What do a mysterious briefcase, a large metal capsule and an assailant in a warehouse have in common? Sorry, I have no clue, but they all figure into Friday's "A Short Story About Love" episode of "Fringe." It airs at 8 p.m. on Fox, channel 23, cable 5.
P.S. No word yet on whether the series is being renewed for next season. Talks are said to be under way, and a 13-episode season is a possible consideration.
On 'Being Human'
Teen vampire Adam (Craig Roberts) is back, and he's in love with head teacher Yvonne (Selina Griffiths) on "Being Human," airing at 8 p.m. Saturday on BBC America, cable 176. The press sees the relationship as a scandal, and the housemates are afraid Adam will get photographed - but vampires can't be captured in a photo. So they force him to confess what he and they are to Yvonne who will also discover why she can see Annie (Lenora Crichlow) the ghost.
It's later in the 1960s, but exactly when is up for discussion in the two-hour season premiere of the much-anticipated "Mad Men."
This series, after 18 months off, returns Sunday to AMC with ad man Don Draper and other characters marching along with time. Draper still doesn't know what he wants in life, and he is finding change too constant and time moving too quickly for him. Work is no longer the end all and be all for him but, for the up-and-comers, it's still everything.
"Mad Men" premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday on cable 48. And don't look for Betty (January Jones) in the premiere. She isn't there, and I'm sure we'll find out why.
Peter (Joshua Jackson) finds a capsule in a new episode of "Fringe," airing at 8 p.m. Friday on Fox, channel 23, cable 5. LIANE HENTSCHER / Fox