Kiefer Sutherland, 18 months removed from the end of “24,” returns to Fox television Wednesday with a new series “Touch.”
This time, he plays a blue collar widower who is having trouble connecting with his mute (but incredibly smart) son. This is nothing at all like “24.” His character early on even gets punched in the stomach and he does… nothing.
Meanwhile, film star Dustin Hoffman for the first time enters the world of television with “Luck” on HBO Sunday, created by David Milch (”Deadwood”). He plays a sharp gambler, just out of prison, who jumps right back into the wooly world of horse racing.
“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — Ben and his 13 possible soul mates visit Park City, Utah. Clay Walker guests.
“House” 8 p.m. Fox — House and Foreman butt heads.
“Alcatraz” 9 p.m. Fox — A child killer, who would kidnap his victims and return to their homes, reappears from the past.
“Fear Factor” 9 p.m. NBC — Challenges include navigating an electrified maze and riding on top of a speeding train.
“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” 9 p.m. Bravo (second seasonfinale) — Taylor reveals the truth about her marriage.
“Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” 10 p.m. Travel (seventh season debut) — He tries out unusual foods in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, including duck testicles.
“Cake Boss” 10 p.m. TLC (fifth season debut) — Lisa and Buddy renew their vows on a cruise.
“Castle” 10 p.m. ABC — A popular reality-show star becomes a murder suspect.
“All Star Dealers” 8 p.m. Discovery (new series) — It’s a look at sports-memorabilia auctioneers.
“The Biggest Loser” 8 p.m. NBC — Bob and Dolvett try to push contestants who aren’t working enough.
“State of the Union” 9 p.m. ABC, NBC, Fox, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC — Pres. Barack Obama speaks.
“Extreme Couponing: All Stars” 10 p.m. TLC (third season finale) — The final three battle for couponing glory.
“Justified” 10 p.m. FX — Boyd engineers a showdown with Dickie Bennett, despite Raylan’s effort to prevent it.
“Southland” 10 p.m. TNT — Tang’s and Cooper’s physical vulnerabilities are sorely tested when they’re attacked.
“White Collar” 10 p.m. USA — Neal poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school.
“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — Ratings are down significantly from a year ago. Competitive singing show overload?
“Criminal Minds” 9 p.m. CBS (150th episode) — A serial rapist in Houston resurfaces and assaults previous victims.
“Touch” 9 p.m. Fox (new series) — Kiefer Sutherland stars as a widower who has trouble bonding with his son, who has special powers.
“Only in American With Larry the Cable Guy” 9 p.m. History — Larry explores extreme animal practices such as a Maryland taxidermist who turns stuffed animals into art.
“CSI” 10 p.m. CBS — Marg Helgenberger leaves the show after 12 seasons.
“Hot in Cleveland” 10 p.m. TV Land — Joy’s blind boyfriend thinks she’s 26.
“Royal Pains” 10 p.m. USA — A rock band falls mysteriously ill.
“Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo — It’s been a rather tame season so far. Cat Cora is a guest judge.
“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — Steven Tyler can’t help flirting with cute girls, can he?
“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — Leonard and Penny give dating another try.
“Project Runway All Stars” 9 p.m. Lifetime — The designers are given a mere six hours to create a dress.
“Archer” 10 p.m. FX — Cyril is promoted to field agent. The other agents aren’t thrilled.
“Fat Chef” 10 p.m. Food (new series) — This series follows overweight chefs trying to lose weight. (No Paula Deen jokes here. Too easy!)
“The Firm” 10 p.m. NBC — Ratings are so poor, this show could be dead soon.
“Jersey Shore” 10 p.m. MTV — The gang heads to Staten Island to persuade Vinny to come back.
“Kitchen Nightmares” 8 p.m. Fox — Chef Gordon Ramsay checks back on restaurants he’s previously helped.
“Shark Tank” 8 p.m. ABC — Will Mark Cuban actually invest in a dude who draws cats on request?
“Chuck” 9 p.m. NBC (series finale) — Chuck embarks on his final mission to vanquish evildoer Nicholas Quinn.
“Fringe” 9 p.m. Fox — Olivia is preoccupied by a warning from the Observers.
“Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” 9 p.m. TLC — One bride-to-be channels the spirit of Scarlett O’Hara of “Gone With the Wind” fame.
“Bering Sea Gold” 10 p.m. Discovery (new series) — Introducing four dredging crews who are seeking to find gold at the bottom of the Bering Sea.
“The Pregnancy Project” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — A high-school student pretends to be pregnant for a research project.
“Swamp Volcano” 9 p.m. Saturday Syfy — An oil-drilling operation strikes a magma flow in the Gulf of Mexico, inadvertently creating a volcano in Miami.
“Secrets of the FBI” 8 p.m. Sunday Discovery — But the FBI can’t reveal all its secrets.
“Once Upon a Time” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Sidney asks Emma to help him seek evidence about Regina’s corruption.
“18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday TNT, TBS — A lifetime achievement award is given to Mary Tyler Moore.
“The Good Wife” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS —Wendy Scott-Carr presents her evidence against Will to the grand jury.
“Luck” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO (new series) — Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte star in this series about horse racing.
“A Smile As Big as The Moon” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — A teacher and football coach fight to get students to NASA’s space camp in the 1980s.
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 9 p.m. Sunday Bravo — The ladies arrive in Cape Town and Marlo confronts Sheree.
“The TRL Decade” 9:30 p.m. Sunday VH1 — A look back at the 1990s MTV staple “Total Request Live.”
“CSI: Miami” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS — A skydiver is murdered.
“Kourtney & Kim Take New York” 10 p.m. Sunday E! — Kim’s marriage is just about over.
“Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off” 10 p.m. Sunday Food (first season finale) — The final two celebrities vie for victory.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk