Torchwood Set To Hit The States With An American Version of the Show

According to a website titled The Hollywood Reporter an American version of Torchwood is currently in development. Torchwood was originally created as a spin-off from Doctor Who and proved very successful in the states, with Children of Earth breaking all ratings records on the American channel Fox. If the American series gets the go ahead it will be written by Torchwood creator Russell T Davies, who recently departed from Doctor Who after five loyal years as the programme's head writer and showrunner. It is also believed that John Barrowman will play Jack Harkness in the American series, if Fox commission it.

The following text is taken from The Hollywood Reporter and reveals more about the American series:

Huge news for sci-fi fans: Fox is developing a stateside version of the U.K. hit series “Torchwood.”


The project is from BBC Worldwide Prods., with original series creator Russell Davies writing the script.

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. (If you're a fan of serious sci fi such as "Battlestar Galatica" and haven't seen "Children of Earth," rent it. You don't need to know anything about the series. And I know the previews for "Torchwood" can look silly. Trust me, it's terrific. Like "24" with aliens).

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.

As for the new show’s plot, the U.S. version will contain a global story line compared to the more localized sensibility of the first two BBC seasons.

Tranter might try to reboot “Doctor Who” for U.S. audiences while departing “Doctor Who” star David Tennant stars in NBC’s pilot “Rex Is Not Your Lawyer.” “Torchwood” (which is an anagram of “Doctor Who”) debuted in 2006 on BBC 3 and set ratings records, then was moved to BBC 1. Russell also reinvented “Doctor Who” in 2003 and was writer-creator of the series “Queer as Folk.”

Having read the above it would seem that the chances of an American Torchwood are likely with Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner and John Barrowman all likely to be involved with the series. If the series gets the go ahead it will be obviously broadcast in America first, but will most likely be available in Britain soon after. Please be aware that this is not official confirmation of an American version of Torchwood, but is confirmation that the idea is being discussed and will hopefully hit our screens in the near future.

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