FOX develops U.S. Torchwood: John Barrowman could star - Featured

From SciFiWire:


"Bad news with some good news: Fox - the TV network that killed Firefly and Dollhouse and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - is developing a U.S. version of the hit Doctor Who spinoff series Torchwood.



The good news is: Doctor Who revitalizer and Torchwood creator Russell T Davies is writing the script for the pilot. And Capt. Jack Harkness himself - John Barrowman- might star!


How bad can it be?


Here's how The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed blog reported it:


"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.


The story goes on to say that the U.S. version would be more globally focused, with stories that go beyond the more localized stories of the original, which centered on Cardiff, Wales, and the United Kingdom.


Who's betting Fox soft-pedals Captain Jack's omnisexuality? Or his relationship with Ianto? Or any sex at all?


And this raises the tantalizing question: Since Torchwood exists in Doctor Who's universe, would we eventually see an Americanized Doctor? Traveling in what, a Bell-Telephone-booth-shaped TARDIS?"


What do you think of a U.S. Torchwood? On Fox?


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Jan 19, 2010 4:45PM EST

.. I don't know if I could see this working.I could appreciate seeing Jack outside of Cardiff- but I really can't believe that Fox would really let it go outside of America. I can't see them actually allowing the show to be globally-focused.The fact that they may bring BBC vets with them does give me some hope, but I can't believe that Fox would be willing to compromise on doing stories outside the US. And there are already enough shows which never move out of the US.And if this goes through, and Fox does eventually get it's hands on Dr Who. Then... It will be a sad day. A very, very sad day.

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Jan 19, 2010 5:51PM EST

doctor who in america, oh crap end of days

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Jan 19, 2010 6:46PM EST

Torchwood in the US- fine. Captain Jack can fit in anywhere. Fox has done racy sex scenes even if minimal ones compared to the BBC (remember Buffy's 6th season episode "Wrecked"?) If the storylines are wonderful the show will be great. It can stand on its own and doesn't need an americanized (Heavens forbid) Doctor Who.The Doctor there- NOOOOOOO!Keep the shows seperate. Make sure it's damn creative and wonderfully executed- and they'll have a hit that hopefully they won't axe too soon...then again, this is Fox- I don't believe they've ever kept a good show on for more than 2 seasons.

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Jan 19, 2010 8:31PM EST

I'm american and I love doctor who and I love Torchwood. Part of the reason I love them is because they are british. I can't help it, british tv compared to American tv is just so much awesomer. Having Jack as an american character sure, but making the show owned by fox... ohmygod the world is ending. As for doctor who... it would be a very sad day indeed if they let America take over it, even though letting David Tennant leave was a very sad day already... they can't change the doctor and send him to america too. That is just so wrong D: I have a feeling my heart is going to throw up D: oh well, hopefully they don't screw up Torchwood too much... oh wait they already killed off 60% of the characters.... nevermind then....

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Jan 19, 2010 8:48PM EST

If I'm honestl I don't really care what happens with torchwood. It's a mediocre spin off at best, and the lead is american anyway. I couldn't see it lasting long regardless of how good the remake is considering the network that is helming it. Fox won't likely have a clue how to market the show and will run it into the ground within the first season. (Can you tell I was a fan of firefly, dollhouse and TSCC? lol)
Mostly I'm just sick of americans taking our shows and remaking them in awful ways. We don't have a problem watching US shows, they were designed to be filmed that way, but I can't understand why americans would have such a huge problem watching british acting. Our shows are brilliant smetimes a lot better than stuff US networks churn out.
But one thing the US should never touch is Dr. Who. He is such an iconic british character, and changing his nationality, or even setting would damage the character that is so loved by the british public. It would basically be like taking superman and making him british, it just wouldn't work and would be a disgrace. Frankly I say if the US can't appreciate Dr. Who without having to re-film it so it is more 'American' then they don't deserve to have the show aired there at all.

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Jan 19, 2010 11:54PM EST

To be honest, this article kind of makes me laugh. I mean, come on! They put the words "FOX" and "Torchwood" together in the same sentence. That's just hilarious. And my mind OF COURSE instinctively remembered the fact that FOX canceled Firefly, Dollhouse, and TSCC. So really, at least if FOX does decide to pick up Torchwood (which I instinctively prefer to be kept British, even though I barely care about it. Seriously, they made Captain Jack boring! How'd they do that?), but anyway, at least if FOX picks it up, it'll die off really soon. Seriously, FOX + quality science fiction = show death. Actually, American TV in general and quality science fiction or fantasy is automatic death.
I'm surprised they're even considering it, when we all know they'll just air it on Friday nights and then go "oooh, noo, it's soooo sad!" when the ratings fall so pathetically that have to cancel it. What in God's name is FOX thinking trying to do more science fiction stuff?
Oh, and the idea of Doctor Who in America is also incredibly funny to me. Seriously, if they do that Russel T Davies will be the one of the most hated men around. (Up there with Jay Leno and Kevin Reilly).

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Jan 20, 2010 12:29AM EST

I'm American, and I have a huge problem with Americans remaking British shows as well. I feel like American TV is often far too dramatic for my tastes. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of American TV shows that I really enjoy. However, when it comes down to choosing between the British version of a show or the American, I'll always go for the British one. Then again, I've often felt like I was born in the wrong place, even though I am proud of my country.
As for Torchwood being made in America, I say they're welcome to give it a shot. I think it would be really interesting if they made it a global show, because it always did seem a bit odd that aliens were only ever interested in England. Why shouldn't there be a Torchwood base in America, one that focused on defending earth against aliens that didn't land right on their doorstep? And it can't be that bad with Davies on board, can it? And, or course, good old Captain Jack. I don't think Torchwood would work without him.
But they'd better not touch Doctor Who. It would be wrong on so many levels. The only way I would even consider watching it is if David Tennant played The Doctor, and I highly doubt that would happen. I just wouldn't be the same to have an American Doctor.

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Jan 20, 2010 1:49AM EST

The US version probably wont last longer than a year or two. What everyone doesnt get is it is fox's "thing" to have a scifi show on for a short period of time and cancel it even tho it was really good. Fox knows everyone is going to say oh we hate fox but the next scifi show they make everyone is going to check it out to see if it is good. It will last for a couple of seasons after which they will make a killing in the dvd sales cause the fans miss the show. Its AMAZING marketing if you really think about it.
Now that ive imparted all of you with some wisdom Im going to go read and marinate my mind ;D hehe

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Jan 20, 2010 5:39AM EST

Whatever, they'll just cancel it like every show they do:(

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Jan 20, 2010 4:38PM EST

Hi there,
I can't see torchwood working over in the US, it is being made over here in wales and should stay here in this country, loads of people love torchwood and will miss it. want it to stay here.
M James

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Jan 21, 2010 6:07AM EST

It won't work. The reason why certain shows work has a lot to do with the setting. Just like the UK remake of Law and Order. It is far more boring, and has lost the grittiness and humour that the NY setting brought. (And don't worry, I won't go on about Kath and Kim again...) Torchwood is British, and more specifically Welsh humour through and through. It focuses on events within Cardiff from the occasional murder to mysterious disappearances. Like Doctor Who, it isn't flashy, and it doesn't try to be something it isn't. Even if the remake does manage to get John Barrowman as Captain Jack, I can tell you the sexual side of him will definitely be far more repressed. When I first watched Torchwood, even I was shocked with how omnisexual he was portrayed by the BBC (definitely miles away from Doctor Who). He shares innuendos with the entire cast, and it quickly became a part of the show. With Russell T Davies on board then it has a fair shot, but at the same time I can't help be skeptical. Some shows just shouldn't be touched. And the Doctor Who universe is one of them. Please, JUST AIR THE ORIGINAL!

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Jan 25, 2010 9:13PM EST

I can see a Torchwood branch in the U.S., but Doctor Who should stay British.(Remember the movie with Paul McGann) Most of the time American producers get hold of non-US shows, they ruin it quickly. (see Coupling and Godzilla just to name a couple)

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Feb 4, 2010 6:02PM EST

NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's not right! Torchwood is a (amazing) spin-off of Doctor Who (duh) and Doc. Who is part of the UK's history! And that's how it NEEDS to stay!!!!

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Mar 14, 2010 2:57PM EDT

this spells out catastrophe Captain Jack's omnisexuality will be repressed for sure im American and i seriously think America shouldn't touch Torchwood or Doctor Who(for heavens sakes please not Doctor who it would be like making a British Smallville just wouldn't work) and i watch Torchwood and Doctor who on the part that they are British shows looove thier accents haha xD i just cant see an American Torchwood working out at all :( i agree with everyone who says it will be canceled scifi and fox don't mixand if there is going to be an americanized version of Ianto that will break my heart his shoes are really really hard to fill i miss Ianto D': so much ): but i doubt there will be an Ianto character as Jack's love interest at all because homosexuality is still a hot topic in the US and people just go crazy over it if you mention it. thats why Torchwood and Doctor Who should stay in the UK let BBC handle everything!

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Apr 3, 2010 11:26AM EDT

Fox and Sci-fi shows don't really mix. I mean torchwood is better than dollhouse and terminator in my opinion, but nothing will ever rival firefly and it was cancelled 12 episodes in so yea..... Also there is no way fox is going to be k with Jack being... um..... well screwing everything and anything he wants! I don't know the word but let's from now on refer it as Harkness! Third, I know that with russell writing the pilot you might think it's going to be amazing and it might be, but FOX holds the rights to decide when the episodes air and if they don't like the pilot as a pilot then they will pick another episode to show fucking up the order (see firefly for example). All i am saying is Torchwood may finally die at the hands of FOX just like many great shows.

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Apr 3, 2010 5:45PM EDT

Im sorry but how could torchwood be in america it just doesn't make sense why there would be a branch there it was set up by the queen of england and was designed to collect alien technology for the british empire, its just not american i don't think it would have the same effect in america. I will probably still watch it tho but it just doesn't make sense.

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Apr 7, 2010 4:18AM EDT

I've spent a few moments screaming, "Nooo!" to my family. How much worse can it get? Really?
In this case, the bad news is so epicly BAD that no amount of good news can fix it.
No! No no no no! (Can anyone hear us up there?)

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Apr 7, 2010 8:30AM EDT

if it does take off, it won't last. There's certain things that clearly people won't take to. I have a fondness for british sitcoms because they're just that....BRITISH sitcoms. If it does take off, the only reason it would is because Jack Harkness already has an American accent. It' sad, but that's all it's got going for it. I don't even like the American version of the Office. Ricky Gervais is the original and the best.if you've ever watched Sanctuary, they've got sanctuaries for abnormals all over the world, but the show only focuses on the New York base.

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Apr 9, 2010 12:35AM EDT

If there is an American Doctor Who how exactly would they do that? would it not be the doctor and be something else maybe its a female time lord? I would actually like to see a female one that isn't his daughter. but if they do make one here in America he still needs to be British or From the British Isles. I would like to see David Tennant as the Doctor again he was the best!!

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Apr 14, 2010 11:46AM EDT

Not much to add that my fellow Torchwood fans have not already said but I must vent just a bit.FOX if you take this on... DON'T SCREW IT UP LIKE YOU DID FIREFLY!!!!!!I still go back over the old shows and wish for more.But life is not fair. But I do hope that perhaps with all the past blunders that FOX may actually do something right and make it work...I can only Hope and Pray FOX does the Torchwood Justice. I wish there was some way to also keep Gene and Reese but I am sure that is asking to much.So I wait for the latest news on Torchwood and watch a lot of reruns.
I have been watching the New Dr. Who and loving the transition. WELL DONE. It is British and I pray that it stays that way. I don't think the Brits will let it go.
Till we meet again, in time, space, multiuniverse, I wish you adventures and happiness.
Mo3 (the 3 is silent, just to frustrate the English Majors)

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May 5, 2010 11:00AM EDT

What I love about Torchwood is that BBC has no problem showing two guys making out or interracial couples and pretty steamy sex scenes, regardless of gender. In the Network TV of the USA the only homosexual kissing is between lesbians. Gay men on shows can have relationships, we just can never see them kiss or cuddle...maybe a hug. For all the "America is great" speech, there are far to many conservatives who are not comfortable with sex. If lets say Torchwood was going to HBO or Showtime...hell even Starz I would be excited but Fox? The network who keeps buying good shows and putting them on shitty time slots? It boggles my mind that they would keep doing this over and over and over again! Still in the end I will probably see it as a man who sees a car wreck just to see how bad it really is going to be.

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May 11, 2010 10:13AM EDT

Is the pain never going to end? I'm sorry for liking the series, I know that must make me a very bad person. But is it necessary to keep punishing me? A Fox remake on top of the season 3 disaster (the least I ask of TW is the humour, 3 jokes in 5 chapter isn't going to cut it).Isn't torture covered by the Geneva convention or something?
Hum... on the other side, Fox probably would never allow 3 main chapters to die in 6 chapters... Series may get cancelled, loose all its fun and make Jack asexual... but at least if you do get attached to a character, it may survive.

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Jun 24, 2010 3:17PM EDT

-lol- good lord, yet another successful show taken and made american. tsk tsk...what's wrong that the americans have to keep taking perfectly good and successful shows and make a hatchet job of them when they remake them?
point in case...the office.
as for an american torchwood? cant see it working too well over there.
leave well enough alone FOX you've basterdised enough decent shows without getting your grubby hands on something unique.

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