Exclusive Interview: Tim Kring on the DAYBREAK web series

DAYBREAK poster | ©2012 AT&T

DAYBREAK begins with a wild vehicle chase – not too surprising, as it’s directed by 24 veteran Jon Cassar – then flashes back to show us how Ben (Ryan Eggold), living in a mobile home park after turning his back on conventional success, gets entangled in a web that involves his late father, a twelve-sided dodecahedron and a secret society. The far-reaching themes are a hallmark of DAYBREAK’s co-creator/executive producer Tim Kring (TOUCH, HEROES). What is most unusual about DAYBREAK, with its high production values and pedigree on both sides of the camera – besides Eggold (ENTOURAGE, 90210), stars include […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Ryan McPartlin on DAYBREAK, the end of CHUCK and CSI: MIAMI

Ryan McPartlin in CHUCK - Season 2 - "Vs. The Sensei" | ©NBC/Greg Gayne

Captain Awesome is back – and a badass. Ryan McPartlin, who endeared himself to five seasons of CHUCK viewers as the title character’s brother-in-law Devon, aka Captain Awesome, has a new gig. However, neither the role itself nor the venue for the show is typical. DAYBREAK, produced by Tim Kring of HEROES and TOUCH and directed by 24 veteran Jon Cassar, looks exactly like a pilot episode of an action mystery TV series, but instead of airing on network or cable television, it is running – one ten-minute episode every Thursday night at Daybreak2012.com. The Web series is sponsored by […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: TOUCH Season 2 news from creator Tim Kring and what HEROES Season 5 would have been – Part 2

Gugu Mbatha-Raw in TOUCH - Season 1 - "Tessellations" | ©2012 Fox/Isabella Vosmikova

In the second part of our exclusive interview with TOUCH creator/executive producer Tim Kring, he talks about what we can expect in TOUCH Season 2 and what Season Five of HEROES would have been about. ASSIGNMENT X: What can you say about your plans for Season Two of TOUCH? TIM KRING: The season finale changes almost everything [from] the first season. We end in a place where the slate is wiped completely clean. Jake [David Mazouz] and Martin [Kiefer Sutherland] are now in a new life, in a new part of the world, with no ties to their former life, […]Read On »

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TV Review: TOUCH – Season 1 Finale – “Gyre” – Pt. 1 and 2

Kiefer Sutherland and David Mazouz in TOUCH - Season 1 finale -

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Mazouz Writer: Part 1: Teleplay by Carol Barbee & Robert Levine, Story by Jonathan I. Kidd and Sonya Wilson; Part 2: Tim Kring and Rob Fresco Director: Part 1: Nelson McCormick; Part 2: Greg Beeman Network: Fox, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: May 31, 2012 The thing about TOUCH is that you get the feeling that this is the show HEROES could have been if Tim Kring (and/or his writers) hadn’t hooked into their darker sides. There’s a dark side to this show, what with the big, bad conspiracy by Aster Corps. to use Jake for its own purposes […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: TOUCH creator Tim Kring chats about Season 1

David Mazouz in TOUCH - Season 1 - "Gyre" | ©2012 Fox/Isabella Vosmikov

TOUCH creator/writer/producer Tim Kring has a fundamental attraction to storylines about things that bring people together. In Kring’s HEROES, which ran for four seasons on NBC, people from all over the world discovered they had different abilities that caused them to seek one another out and join forces. In Fox’s TOUCH, which has its first-season finale tonight, young Jake Bohm, played by David Mazouz, has the ability to see hidden patterns and probabilities that are unknown to most people. Jake’s father Martin, played by Kiefer Sutherland (a producer on the series), tries to follow the clues given him by his […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Bodhi Elfman has the TOUCH

Bodhi Elfman in TOUCH - Season 1 - "Tessellations" | ©2012 Fox/Isabella Vosmikova

In TOUCH, the series created by Tim King which has its first-season two-hour finale tonight on Fox, Kiefer Sutherland (who is also one of the show’s producers, plays Martin Baum, the father of eleven-year-old Jake (David Mazouz), an extraordinarily gifted child who does not speak and cannot bear to be touched. However, Jake sees crucial connections between seemingly unrelated events. Most actors get roles and then research their characters. In a serendipitous twist that echoes the themes of inevitable outcomes arising from apparent random happenstance, actor Bodhi Elfman researched his character before he even knew the series TOUCH existed, much […]Read On »

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TV Review: TOUCH – Season 1 – “Noosphere Rising”

Martin (Kiefer Sutherland) finds Teller's mysterious workshop in the Noosphere Rising" on Fox's TOUCH | (c) 2012 Isabella Vosmikova/FOX

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Mazouz, Danny Glover Writer: Tim Kring & Carol Barbee Director: Gwyneth Horder-Payton Network: Fox, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: April 26, 2012 One of the toughest challenges the writers of TOUCH must have is making sure all the different story lines intersect organically while all we viewers have to do is keep track of them. In “Noosphere Rising” the connections aren’t quite as clear, but here goes. On the main story front, Martin Baum (Kiefer Sutherland) is trying to make sense of Arthur Teller’s (Danny Glover) death, as is Clea (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). While going over the surveillance video of […]Read On »

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TV Review: TOUCH – Season 2 – “Entanglement”

Danny Glover and Kiefer Sutherland in TOUCH - Season 1 - "Entanglement" | ©2012 Fox/Kelsey McNeal

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Mazouz, Danny Glover Writer: Chris Levinson Director: Milan Cheylov Network: Fox, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: April 12, 2012 One of the realities of TOUCH is that there’s generally a lot going on as the story paths weave and interchange. “Entanglement” may be this episode’s title, but it could just as easily have been the series title, as well. Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland), who lost his wife when the World Trade Center came down during the 9/11 attacks, is trying to raise his autistic son Jake (David Mazouz) who can’t speak. The trick is that Jake “sees” and apparently “feels” […]Read On »

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TV Review: TOUCH – Season 1 – “Safety In Numbers”

Danny Glover in TOUCH - Season 1 - "Safety in Numbers" | ©2012 Fox/Kelsey McNeal

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, David Mazouz, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Danny Glover Writer: Carol Barbee Director: Stephen Williams Network: Fox, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: March 30, 2012 Every time a show proves to be as good out of the gate as TOUCH, you almost fear that the inevitable downslide is coming. SMASH and ALCATRAZ are perfect examples of first season series that started off strong and faltered quickly. I’m hoping the bigger picture of TOUCH, since it has proven to be so focused, will be the exception to the rule. It appears it has a pretty detailed plan all mapped out in […]Read On »

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TV Review: TOUCH – Season 1 – “1+1=3”

Kiefer Sutherland and David Mazouz in TOUCH - Season 1 - "1+1=3" | ©2012 Fox/Kelsey McNeal

Stars: Keifer Sutherland, David Mazouz, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Danny Glover Writer: Tim Kring Director: Ian Toynton Network: Fox, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: March 23, 2012 I was a big fan of the pilot presentation of TOUCH. It brought Kiefer Sutherland back to Fox after his long stint on 24, it had a compelling, positive story from HEROES creator Tim Kring and it proved that challenging, interesting and different storytelling does have a place on network television. However, delivering in a pilot and delivering on a week to week basis are two separate things. Thankfully, the official series premiere of TOUCH, […]Read On »

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