FOX Drama ‘Touch’ Losing Actress Maria Bello

The second season of the Kiefer Sutherland-led FOX drama Touch hasn’t even had its season premiere yet and already there are big changes a foot.

Actress Maria Bello, who joined the series at the end of the debut season as Lucy Robbins and then was promoted to series regular for the second season, is leaving the show. Yep, you read that right! She is leaving the show on what is being called a “mutual decision” by the actress and the producers behind the show.

As this point, it is uncertain how or when her character will be written out of the show, but since production wrapped last week on season two, it will be interesting to see how that departure is handled within the show.

For those who need a refresher, ‘Touch’ focuses on Martin Bohm (Sutherland), who is a widower and a single father haunted by an inability to connect to his emotionally challenged 11-year-old son Jake (David Mazouz). But when Martin discovers that Jake can predict events before they happen, everything changes.

While Bello is best known for her roles in box office films like ‘Coyote Ugly’, ‘Assault on Precinct 13’, ‘A History of Violence’, ‘Thank You for Smoking’, ‘The Company Man’ and ‘Abduction’ [among others], she is no stranger to the small screen, appearing in last season’s short-lived reboot of the British hit series ‘Prime Suspect’ as well as a recurring role on ‘ER’ and the short-lived spy drama ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ alongside ‘Quantum Leap’ alum Scott Bakula.

The second season two-hour premiere episode of ‘Touch’ will air on FOX on Friday, February 8 at 8/7c. [Source: TV Line]