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Gugu Mbatha-Raw Will Not Be Returning To Fox's 'Touch' For Season 2

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 24, 2012 10:30 AM
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Gugu - Touch

I gave this series (Touch) a shot last season, its debut, but I just wasn't engaged enough to want to stick with it. But enough of you watched because Fox renewed it for a second season; however, 2 of its co-stars won't be returning.

We already know about Danny Glover's early exit; his stint on the new Fox drama was a temporary one, as series creator Tim Kring said earlier this year (after Danny's last appearance) that the actor had signed on to only appear in the show's first six episodes.

But in addition ot Danny, I learned over the weekend that Gugu Mbatha-Raw will not be returning for season 2 (which debuts on October 26).

Why? Apparently her role was no longer as important as it was early in season 1, playing social worker Clea Hopkins, and also the actress is pursuing other roles, like (one project we've reported on) British actor/writer/director/producer Amma Asante's period drama about the trials and tribulations of a mixed-race girl titled Belle, which begins production today at Pinewood Studios in the UK. 

Mbatha-Raw is playing the lead role, Belle, with Miranda RichardsonTom Wilkinson, Sarah GadonSam ClaflinMatthew GoodeTom FeltonSam ReidJames Norton and Penelope Wilton rounding out the cast.

She also co-stars in te thriller Odd Thomas, which stars Anton Yelchin, due out in the first half of 2013.

Glover and Mbatha-Raw co-starred in Touch alongside Kiefer Sutherland and David Mazouz.

The series centers on a father (Martin, played by Sutherland) who discovers that his genius son (Jake, played by Mazouz) is communicating with him through a complex series of numbers and may even be able to predict events before they happen.

Mr Glover played a character named Arthur DeWitt, a college professor who's an expert on "gifted" children, who works with father to reach his son.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw played the female lead - Clea Hopkins - a social worker who is evaluating Martin's living situation to determine whether or not his son Jake should remain in the home.

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  • Bea K. | December 5, 2012 2:12 PMReply

    I also was blown away by the show from start to finish, but once I heard that Gugu was not returning (she helped get me to watch, as well as the fact that Kiefer is an excellent actor, and the 'three' of them had great chemistry by the way), I've decided that neither will I. It's very sad what they're doing to this woman can her acting be that bad, that NO Producer, Director, etc. will allow her to finish out what she starts? Any way it was good while it lasted.

  • sofia | September 28, 2012 12:49 AMReply

    i agree with Linda, i was blown away by this show. I dont really follow many tv shows but this one left me speachless everytime i watched it. I really can't wait for the 2nd season!

  • kelly | September 24, 2012 12:46 PMReply

    I'm surprised that show was renewed, it was very boring.

  • starry118 | September 26, 2012 11:56 PM

    I agree Kelly. I was interested in the show before it aired, based on the synopsis. While the premise is intriguing, the writing is everything but. Like you, I'm surprised the show made it to season 2...perhaps some of that "24" nostalgia played a part? People love Jack Bauer...

  • Linda | September 25, 2012 6:44 PM what says that EVERY show has to be action-packed! This is a show that you have to think about.

  • Natalie | September 24, 2012 11:12 AMReply

    Any news on the official release date, trailer or something of Odd Thomas movie?. I can't wait to see it.

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