Torchwood Returns, on Starz

Interesting, Russell Davies is going to produce the show for the US based network Starz.

Starz Entertainment has acquired U.S. TV rights to the next installment of the BBC’s audience sensation “Torchwood,” developed and produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Starz will debut the 10-episode series exclusively in the U.S., and BBC One will debut it in the U.K., both in summer, 2011. This is a co-production between Starz, BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Worldwide, and BBC Worldwide will distribute the show outside the U.S. The deal was jointly announced today by Starz, LLC President and CEO Chris Albrecht and BBC Worldwide Productions EVP Jane Tranter.

The stars of the previous versions of “Torchwood,” notably John Barrowman (Capt. Jack Harkness) and Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), will return for the new version. Additional key cast, reflecting the more international scope of the series, will be announced soon.

I like the show overall, though I thought they were too heavy handed on the sexuality at times. It felt forced and not very realistic. But I liked some of the characters. Too bad they killed off most of them.

It’s set in the same universe as Doctor Who, and crosses over with him on occasion, but is about an X-Files-ish paranormal investigation agency. They deal mainly with alien threats. So it has a little Men in Black element as well.

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