Fox Developing ‘Torchwood’ Series For U.S.

torchwood-john-barrowman-eve-milesIf you’ve been hoping for more Torchwood, the quirky and sexy British series about a group of investigators who fight aliens, you might be in luck – sorta. In the fine tradition of bringing British TV shows to the U.S. market, Fox has announced they are developing a version of Torchwood with original series creator Russell T. Davies.

According to the article, fans of the original series need not worry it will be somehow ruined by coming to the States because the original producing team is on board. In addition to Davies, exec producers include Julie Gardner (former head of drama at BBC Wales for the show’s first season) and Jane Tranter are going to be there to ensure the new show stays true to its origins.

Also, some of the current cast, which most likely will include John Barrowman (who plays the immortal Capt. Jack Harkness), might star if Fox decides to order a Torchwood pilot. No word yet on Eve Myles or Gareth David-Lloyd, but hopefully they would be involved as well. The U.S. version will involve a global story line compared to the more localized one of the first two BBC seasons. In addition, you can expect the budget to be higher as well, which will allow for more cool aliens and such.

So what do we think of this? Good idea or terrible idea?

  • msanthropy
    May 23, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    No. Just. No. You know they’ll have to sanitize the hell out of it to show it on American television.

    However, it will be interesting to see which city The Rift is located in. Sedona, AZ is too small. Salt Lake City is almost too crazy (and obvious). New York or San Francisco would be a cliche. Maybe a place with interesting latitude/longitude numbers?

  • Patrinia
    May 15, 2010 at 5:10 am

    I would absolutly LOVE it if they brought it here. Just those 5 days, I was hooked and want MORE. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE

  • Can't wait
    April 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    While i think that it will not be half as good as the bbc torchwood it will still be really good. My vote: a giant YES!

  • Missing Cardiff
    March 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I loved the genuine connection the characters had with each other. Without Jack and Gwen, there would be nothing remarkable about the program. I’m also concerned that, due to our misplaced American morality,they will scrub the characters and situations so thoroughly the show will be devoid of the spark that made it special in the first place. Please prove me wrong!

  • Scot
    March 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I am glad that the series Torchwood will be made here in the US. I want to let Russell T Davies, & Julie Gardner, know that it would be a real thrill and a privilage to be in an episode. Please email me. I would love to be a part of this historic venture.

  • Danielle
    February 20, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I actually could see this work if Captain Jack started a Torchwood site in the U.S. The way they ended the British series could lead to him starting over in a new location. Not that I don’t love Gwen, but to me it would be okay to start without them, but get international help during the show.

  • Jenn
    January 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    The only way I’d even consider watching would be if they restored what drew me to the show in the first place: the characters. Restart with Ianto, Tosh and Owen and don’t go killing them off this time. What we were left with at the end (2/5 of the original cast) is not a strong enough base for a program.

  • DJ
    January 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I agree with the previous poster, as long as the original team retains creative control then I would gladly watch it(providing you have Gwen Cooper and Captain Jack). My only concern with Torchwood going global is that they i.e. Fox would try and make it a Stargate knock-off.

  • redsonja1313
    January 19, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    If Russel retains creative control and they get John and Eva this may not suck on an epic level. But should they wrangle this away from Russel T and Julie G and NOT cast Gwen and Captain Jack I suspect it will be like so many other shows we have pirated from the BBC and it will be awful awful awful !!

  • Andrew Littler
    January 19, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    For a format trying so hard to save money (see: Jay Leno is still on TV) would it not be a lot more cost efficient to just… you know, air the British series here? The only reason to create a Torchwood series would be to milk and ruin it later on

    so yes, bad idea

  • Cat
    January 19, 2010 at 11:04 am

    What an amazingly BAD idea! Torchwood was great because of the cast. And, frankly, RTD has completely lost it and is far past his prime. My vote.. a GIANT NO.

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