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Chicago – With elements of “Pay It Forward,” “The Number 23,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” classic inspirational TV fare like “Touched by an Angel,” and the later seasons of “Heroes,” Fox’s new drama, “Touch,” is an absolute mess. The special preview episode airing tonight, January 25th, 2012 (nearly two months in advance of its actual series premiere), feels like it’s actually trying to set a record for heavy-handed emotional manipulation. 9/11, a single father, child illness, suicide bombing, child death, a school bus crash — if a writer came to most showrunners and said they were going to cram all of these melodramatic devices into One Episode, they would be told to go back to the drawing board. Because the result would be a disaster like “Touch.”

Television Rating: 1.0/5.0

From “Heroes” creator/writer Tim Kring, “Touch” is another piece of fiction that suggests we are all tied together in some interconnected spiritual sense. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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