Kiefer Sutherland admits he had no intention of going back to television after the action-packed “24” ended, but that all changed when he read the script for “Touch.” The U.S. actor was starring on Broadway in a play called “That Championship Season” when he was approached with the script for the science fiction drama. He was ready to dismiss “Touch” until he found out “Heroes” writer Tim Kring was behind it and Peter Chernin, the head of 20th Century Fox when Sutherland started “24,” was producing it. The 45-year-old was lured back to TV because, like “24,” the show gives audiences something fresh and unique: an international outlook. The first episode alone has scenes set in New York, London, Dublin, Tokyo and Baghdad and features actors from several countries. So Sutherland is going from gun-wielding Jack Bauer in “24” to struggling single dad Martin Bohm in “Touch,” which centers on Martin’s relationship with his 11-year-old son, Jake, played by David Mazouz. … In her first interview since Whitney Houston’s death, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown said she’s “doing as good as I possibly can” and recalled the tender last moments she shared with her superstar mother before her sudden death last month. “She’s always with me,” said the 19-year-old, Houston’s only child and sole heir, in a Sunday interview with Oprah Winfrey on Winfrey’s network, OWN. Brown credited her family and God for helping her cope since her mother’s death on Feb. 11 at the age of 48. … A new online programming venture bankrolled by the world’s richest man will launch with the return of Larry King in a new daily talk show for Ora.TV. The new service, backed by Mexican communications billionaire Carlos Slim, will provide programming for tablets, cellphones, computers and Internet-connected TVs. King retired from his nightly interview program on CNN in 2010.
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Posted March 12, 2012, at 4:32 p.m.