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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/10/2012

Fox re-ups ‘Touch,’ abandons ‘Alcatraz,’ embraces serial killers, mob doc [Updated]


Jimmy Fallon’s comedy got picked up by NBC. (Cindy Ord - GETTY IMAGES)

Kiefer Sutherland’s back for another season of number crunching on Fox’s “Touch,” but no one will be around to police the hellhounds of “Alcatraz.”

On the bright side, Fox has retained Kevin Bacon, playing a former FBI gent, to hunt down a serial killer who is now head of a cult of serial killers.

And Jordana Spiro will star in a new Fox drama as a doctor with mob ties.

NBC, meanwhile, picked up a new comedy from its late-night star Jimmy Fallon called “Guys With Kids,” about guys in their 30's who can't believe they are dads.

Both NBC and Fox are scheduled to unveil their new-season schedules to advertisers in New York on Monday.

Unlike the other comedies NBC has picked up so far — dysfunctional First Family comedy “1600 Penn,” gay-couple-having-baby comedy “The New Normal,” Anne Heche talks to god comedy “Save Me,” Matthew Perry needs therapy comedy “Go On,” and veterinarian
hates people comedy “Animal Practice” — Fallon's new comedy is an old fashioned multi-camera affair, with audience and laugh track.

NBC wants to be back in that business in a bad way, what with “Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men” doing so well, for CBS and Warner Bros. TV, on the network and in syndication.

Fox also needs a couple comedies.

“Ned Fox is My Manny” stars Nat Faxon as a fun slacker guy with a tightly wound sister who becomes manny to her daughter – his niece. “Mindy Kaling Project” stars “The Office” alum as a doctor juggling her personal and professional life. “The Goodwin Games” stars Scott Foley and Becki Newton as two of three siblings who are thrown back together when Dad dies.

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