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'Torchwood' Enters World Stage, Fourth Season Ordered

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  • pfyre
    [] Torchwood Enters World Stage, Fourth Season Ordered Production will now become a global partnership of BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Worldwide and Starz
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 7, 2010

      'Torchwood' Enters World Stage, Fourth Season Ordered
      Production will now become a global partnership of BBC Cymru Wales,
      BBC Worldwide and Starz Entertainment
      By MICHAEL HINMAN Jun-7-2010
      Source: Airlock Alpha

      "Torchwood" was never dead. It was just ... well, sleeping for a bit.

      But no more. The "Doctor Who" spinoff is coming back not only to
      British and American audiences, but viewers worldwide with a fourth
      season order that will include 10 episodes, and feature the return of
      both John Barrowman as Capt. Jack Harkness and Eve Myles as Gwen.

      Following the short-lived plans at the American Fox network that
      ended earlier this year, BBC Worldwide shopped the series around and
      developed a production partnership that will include BBC Cymru Wales
      and American premium cable channel Starz Entertainment.

      "'Torchwood' has attracted remarkable attention and loyalty in both
      the U.K. and the 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," said
      Jane Tranter, executive vice president of BBC Worldwide Productions,
      in a release.

      Following the highly successful "Children of Earth" miniseries that
      aired last year, fans thought a renewal of "Torchwood" was a given.
      However, at San Diego Comic-Con last summer, both executive producers
      Russell T. Davies and Julie Gardner were non-committal. Last fall,
      when Fox announced it would develop an American version of the show
      with Davies and Gardner, fans shared mixed feelings about how the
      show may lose its soul if transferred from its Welsh home to the United States.

      When Fox decided to not pursue the series any longer, fans were even
      more concerned that the run of
      "Torchwood" had ended. Instead, BBC is looking to making the show
      into a worldwide phenomenon.

      Unlike the first three seasons, "Torchwood" will no longer be based
      in Cardiff, Wales, where it's filmed. Instead, production will be
      on-location in various places throughout the world, including
      locations in the United States.

      "We have a long history of working with many U.S. networks, but it is
      incredibly exciting to be working with Starz for the first time, as
      well as to be reunited with the best of British in Russell, Jane and
      Julie," said Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC Drama Commissioning,
      in a 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."

      Davies will return to showrun his creation, being joined by Gardner
      and Tranter as executive producers.

      It's likely the American run of "Torchwood" will first be aired on
      Starz or sister channel Encore, which would make "Torchwood" a
      premium cable series, much less accessible than its previous home of
      BBC America in the United States. The release did not state where
      "Torchwood" would air, but it's highly unlikely Starz would be
      involved unless they were getting broadcast rights.

      The cable channel Starz was launched in 1994 while Encore is a little
      older, coming in 1991.

      Like its competitors HBO and Showtime, Starz has been pushing itself
      into high-end original series, beginning with "Crash" and continuing
      with shows such as "Gravity," "Party Down" and "Spartacus: Blood and
      Sand." It will premiere "The Pillars of the Earth" later this year.


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    • Leanne
      No word about Kai or Tom?
      Message 2 of 2 , Jun 7, 2010
        No word about Kai or Tom?
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