BBC Finally Relights Torchwood

By Rob Bricken in TV
Monday, June 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm
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Whew! After some scary delays -- mostly a rumored co-production with serial sci-fi killer Fox -- the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood has officially been picked back up with an order for 10 episodes. From the BBC press release:

BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Worldwide and US premium entertainment network, Starz Entertainment, have today announced a three way co-production partnership that will develop a new series of the hit BBC sci-fi drama Torchwood. BBC Worldwide will also distribute the series to broadcasters globally.

The 10-episode instalment will be written by a team led by Torchwood creator, Russell T Davies, and produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Davies and BBC Worldwide Productions' SVP Scripted, Julie Gardner, return as executive producers with BBC Worldwide Productions EVP Jane Tranter. The series has been commissioned by Controller BBC ONE, Jay Hunt, Controller BBC Drama, Ben Stephenson, and Starz President and CEO, Chris Albrecht.

While previous series were based on location in Cardiff, Wales, this new installment will see storylines widen to include locations in the U.S. and around the world. John Barrowman and Eve Myles will return in their roles as Captain Jack and Gwen respectively, along with new faces.

I'm not 100% why I'm so excited by this. Sure, Torchwood: Children of Earth was great, but the actual episodes of the show -- seasons 1 and 2 -- were slightly better than okay at best and really, really awful at worst. But for some reason, I have an abiding love of Torchwood in my heart, despite the fact it's mostly been kind of terrible. I have no idea why this is. I think it's because of John Barrowman.

Yup. I'm pretty sure it's Barrowman. Thanks to Grace for the tip!

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