Maria Bello is leaving Touch.
Bello, who joined the Kiefer Sutherland drama at the end of the first season and was upgraded to a series regular for season 2, will no longer be appearing in the series, TV Line reports.
Representatives for Fox and 20th Century Television did not comment on Bello’s departure, but several sources have confirmed that her departure was a mutual decision between her and the producers.
For the time being, it is unclear how Bello’s character will be written out of the series. Her character, Lucy Robbins, is the mother of a girl named Amelia, who has a similar gift as the son of Martin Bohm (Sutherland). Martin’s 11-year-old son, Jake (David Mazouz), is mute, but is able to see the past, present, and future in numbers.
Touch was renewed for a second season on May 25, 2012, with the season premiere set for October 26. However, Fox moved the premiere back to February 8, 2013. It will now air as a two-hour event on February 8 starting at 8 pm. The following week, it will settle into its new Friday 9 pm time slot.
Prior to joining Touch, Bello starred in the NBC police procedural Prime Suspect. The series was a “re-imagining” of a British series with the same name. Bello played a homicide detective named Jane Timoney, who transfers to a new unit and has to “make her bones” in a male-dominated precinct. The show ran for one 13-episode season, with its finale airing on January 22, 2012.
Do you watch Touch? Are you sad to see Maria Bello leaving the series?