Americanized “Torchwood” Not So American After-All

Talk of an American spin on Torchwood had fans a little concerned from the moment the rumor hit the streets. Torchwood fans are, after-all, closely related to Doctor Who and you do not mess with their mythology. The good news is, the 10 episode run of Torchwood being co-produced by Starz will not only pick up in the wake of the devastating events of Torchwood: Children of Earth, the limited run season will be helmed by Doctor Who and Torchwood producer Russell T Davie, guaranteeing the bonafides of this Torchwood.

The good news for American fans is that this series will air on Starz, although the scheduling has not been confirmed yet. BBC will again carry Torchwood in the UK, it stands to reason that the co-producers BBC and Starz will opt for something as close to simulcasting as they can pull off. Certainly this is not the first time BBC has co-produced with an American counterpart, but it appears there is no precedent where scheduling is concerned.

One clue that Torchwood might appear on US screens sooner rather than later can be found in the release from the BBC themselves. The network is indicating that this run of Torchwood is being written as a more global storyline, possibly a move to make the series more accessible for US viewers who have yet to connect with the Torchwood mythology. John Barrowman (Capt. Jack), and Eve Myles (Gwen) are returning along with “new faces.” Of the direction of the story, the BBC had this to say in a press release “Torchwood will burst back onto the screen with a shocking and moving story with global stakes and locations that will make it feel bigger and bolder than ever.”

More statements from the release indicated a slight tweaking of the Torchwood formula in an attempt to broaden the appeal. “Torchwood has attracted remarkable attention and loyalty in both the UK and U.S., and in this new partnership with Starz, the next chapter will not only reward our current fans, but also introduce new viewers to the most impressive installment yet.”


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