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‘Touch’ Beefs Up West Coast Cast

New season will include Said Taghmaoui, Adam Campebll, Ray Santiago


Major casting changes continue for “Touch” as it gets settled into its new west coast home.

Just days after Lukas Haas and Saxon Sharbino joined the Fox series, “Touch” signed on Said Taghmaoui, Adam Campbell and Ray Santiago.

Taghmaoui will join “Touch” as a series regular, playing Guillermo Ortiz, a priest-turned-murderer in the upcoming second season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The French-born actor is probably best known to genre fans for his small stint as “Caesar” in ABC’s “Lost” in 2009. He also appeared in a 2003 episode of NBC’s “The West Wing” as Umar Usef, the Qumari ambassador.

Campbell, who is married to former “Heroes” actress and current “Glee” star Jayma Mays, has signed on to a recurring role opposite Haas as Tony Rigby. Rigby is a friend and business partner to Haas’ Calvin. This will be one of the first major roles for Campbell, who has had guest appearance on several shows in recent years including “Parenthood,” “Up All Night,” and the NBC broken pilot, “Day One.”

Santiago will play a character with the same last name, but a different first name — Reuben. Santiago’s character will interact directly with stars Kiefer Sutherland and David Mazouz on a regular basis. Santiago has appeared in both “Dexter” and the Fox comedy “Raising Hope” as different characters, but the same name – Javier. He played Victa in the 2011 film “In Time” with Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried.

Set in New York for the first season, “Touch” moved to Los Angeles at the end of the season, as part of the story. Mazouz plays a young mute, who can use his knowledge of numbers to see the past, present and future, allowing his father — played by Sutherland — to stop bad events from happening.

The series earned a 4.7 rating/7 share in Fast National overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co., tying for fourth at the network with “Terra Nova,” and finishing No. 46 overall. It was tied for second with “Terra Nova” among genre shows, behind ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” and No. 14 among new shows, just behind “Suburgatory” on ABC and just head of the now-cancelled “NYC 22” on CBS.

“Touch” returns Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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