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January 19th, 2010 21 comments

Torchwood America – Maybe not

According to The Hollywood reporter an American version of Torchwood is being developed.

According to reports fox has now stated this will not go ahead although talks with other networks are continuing

Torchwood Exclusive: Huge news for sci-fi fans: Fox is developing a stateside version of the U.K. hit series “Torchwood.”A more straight-faced spinoff of “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” is about a covert group that investigates and fights alien activity. Two series aired domestically on BBC America as well as last year’s well reviewed stand-alone miniseries, “Children of Earth,” which broke all ratings records for the network.

Unlike U.S. adaptations that have gone awry, “Torchwood” fans can take comfort that the original producing team is on board. In addition to Davies, exec producers include Davies’ producing partner Julie Gardner (former head of drama at BBC Wales for the show’s first season) and Jane Tranter (another BBC vet, now exec VP programming and production at BBC Worldwide Prods. in the U.S.).

Also, some of the current cast — most likely John Barrowman, who plays the immortal Capt. Jack Harkness — might star if Fox orders “Torchwood” to pilot.

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21 comments

  • Callum Precious

    December 31st, 2010 - 3:30pm

    In The New Year
    Torchwood Around The World
    May Have One
    3rd March 2011

    Happy New Year
    Everyone

  • king gerbil

    June 22nd, 2010 - 6:50pm

    i dont like torchwood but an american version might be good

  • Marie

    May 30th, 2010 - 2:01am

    I don’t like this American hate. It’s not as if the Brits haven’t taken American shows and remade them.

    Not all of us are bad! Most of us actually don’t WANT this to happen, so get your facts straight people!

  • Ianto

    April 22nd, 2010 - 5:20pm

    Torchwood in us will be okay, but seeming as it orginated in the united Kingdom then in the us it wouldn’t be as good as the uk version.

  • King Ninja

    April 22nd, 2010 - 11:35am

    Love the Americans but I hate it when they take a British show and change it to having an all American cast, set in America and with American themes. It just doesn’t do any respect for the original shows. it’s as if they only will watch it if it’s American.I heard talk of a US Dr Who as well (prob not true). No wonder Brits are always typecast as posh snobs in america…that’s all they ever see of us! And Welsh don’t get any look in at all!Stick to the old Torchwood. It’s great. And if it’s good quality it’s bound to catch on in America sooner or later!

  • MASTER OF DISGUISE

    April 14th, 2010 - 3:31am

    no offence to america but when they amercanise a british show it just dosent work

  • UnitedAngel

    April 14th, 2010 - 1:42am

    Please don´t distroy this wonderful serie and make an american! It´s just not right!! All it´s charm will go away in the american series…please just don´t!

    Love the real Torchwood and the cast that goes with it!!!

  • MPfor flydale north

    April 11th, 2010 - 8:26pm

    Torchwood US could have been started by anyone– more likely Martha Jones (who was in New York in ‘Stolen Earth’ and Mickey Smith, as they were seen freelancing together in ‘Journey’s End’. Wouldn’t be bad to have another companion spin -off!

  • Tim

    April 2nd, 2010 - 6:41pm

    Just one thing to add to my last post.

    Being a Time traveler it’s quite possible for Jack to be in two places at once (as he could easily be slightly older) – the limiting factor for having him in both the US and the UK series would be John Barrowman….

    They could just have Jack as an animatronic version of his distant-future self. Maybe a small head in a jar with the premise that it will get bigger later…

  • Tim

    April 2nd, 2010 - 6:35pm

    For it to still be Torchwood, Still be decent, still fit into the storyline and not detract from the original series then:

    We know of 3 ‘Torchwoods’. Torchwood 3 Cardiff, Torchwood 1 London and Torchwood 2 Glasgow. However it’s not entirely impossible that their emphasis was spread further than that. Britain was still very much an Empire under Victoria. It’s feasible that a Torchwood was planted in ‘The Americas’ to keep an eye on and subvert the ‘former colonies’ or even just to steal alien tech from under their noses.

    As 2 of the Torchwoods are, as far as we know, gone and the 3rd operates pretty much under its own rules since 2000 there’s always the possibility that, if it had an America-based branch, it went ‘rogue’ when Torchwood 3 did, or even long before.

    Can’t see anything else believable while still calling it Torchwood. The series would have to have at least Cameo roles by Jack Harkness but everyone seems to be intent that Jack is the UK series so I can’t see how he could also be in the US one full time. Russel Grant seems totally convinced there will be another UK run for 2010 so that makes a US full-time role for Jack even less likely. Unless they REALLY plan to overwork John Barrowman.

    On series 2 I was quite looking forward to a series without him. Not that I don’t think he’s a well written character. Just that I like the realism of the death and drama of Torchwood in amongst the complete unreality of the sci-fi premise. Having almost any character ‘droppable’ was quite a cool way to keep you guessing (of course Owen could always come back ‘sans-body’ but it’s highly unlikely). ‘Children of Earth’ certainly couldn’t have been done without him and his backstory is interesting. If he doesn’t play a MAJOR role in both the UK & US series then I wonder what kind of character the US one could replace him with. Someone more normal I hope, in a way. It’d be quite nice for Russel Grant to write a Sci-fi character that was a bit more normal. I mean I remember when the Doctor used to have companions instead of earth-shattering lynchpins that the whole of reality revolves around. Hopefully Moffat will have a slightly lighter touch on the new, new Doctor Who whilst still keeping the drama.

    I would say that Gwen is slightly more central than Jack to Torchwood. But that’s just me.

    Oh and I think the bit about ‘rebooting Doctor Who’ might just mean that the interest caused by the US Torchwood series might spark an associated interest in ‘Doctor Who’.

    Personally I think if we’re going to have a spinoff Torchwood it should be set some time in the past in Glasgow. Victorian Era Torchwood would be genuine Steampunk and quite interesting to watch.

  • liam

    March 12th, 2010 - 10:52pm

    sarah jane smith old friend marla join capt jack and adoio

  • TARDISCOMMANDER ( SIMON )

    March 6th, 2010 - 4:37pm

    What Next :
    Fox transporting the whole of Wales to America.
    I thought the whole point of Torchwood was that it was set in Cardiff Wales UK. Not Cardiff America.
    Russell Dont Spoil This For Us.

  • who’who95

    January 21st, 2010 - 8:23pm

    i actually hope Jack is’nrt in this series. but if he is it should just be a one episode thing

  • Omega

    January 20th, 2010 - 10:39am

    I though the whole idea of Touchwood was that it was set up by the Monarchy to defend the UK.

    Fox’s track record at reinventing TV shows isn’t that great, hope RTD knows what he is doing.

  • Torchwood America

    January 19th, 2010 - 8:21pm

    So what happened to John Barrowman saying it would be back with its 13 episode format?

    Are will still getting a UK version

  • the 3rd doctor

    January 19th, 2010 - 6:14pm

    Hope its continued from Jack with Alonso

  • Sam

    January 19th, 2010 - 6:12pm

    Will reserve judgement on this until there is more info. Fox hasn’t been great in the past at this sort of thing.

  • Korwin

    January 19th, 2010 - 5:07pm

    This could be a complete departure i suppose and not feature any on the original cast.

    we need a press release…

  • 1

    January 19th, 2010 - 4:31pm

    maybe it will be about a torchwood in america and not jack’s torchwood so then we will still have a series here i hope

  • Cpt Jack Sparrow

    January 19th, 2010 - 4:28pm

    should be Ok with RTD writing and may be big budget, Not sure what that bit About Doctor Who means though

  • Simon

    January 19th, 2010 - 4:26pm

    I really don’t know what to make of that article, i assume this will be instead of any Torchwood made here?

    And whats that about a reboot of doctor Who in the USA, surely not there own version

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