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Americanized "Torchwood" Scrapped

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 22, 2010 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 22, 2010 |


Fox proved that their habit of taking cult science fiction shows behind the shed could actually be a force for good by canceling their Americanized version of "Torchwood" before it could produce a pilot. Oh sweet Ianto's saucy bum, that's the best negative news I've ever heard outside of a doctor's office.

BBC had this to say: "BBC Worldwide Productions and the FOX Broadcasting Company have mutually agreed not to progress together with a 13-episode serialized 'Torchwood' format. We are currently in discussion with several interested networks."

Oh wait, that's the other foot dropping. Disposable network executive Jane Tranter insisted: "It's very much ongoing and very much alive." So's drug-resistant syphilis, it's not a good idea either.

Look, to beat the dead horse that keeps getting up and trying to shuffle onto my television: JUST BROADCAST TORCHWOOD AS IT IS. There's no need to remake the damned thing for American audiences. Hell, the entire reason that the BBC is convinced that there's an American audience is because a bunch of Yanks keep buying the DVDs and watching the show on BBC America. How exactly is that evidence that it needs to be Americanized in order to broadcast it in the United States? They've also insisted that the show would have the same production team and star Jack Barrowman. I'm just about convinced that the entire "Americanization" is an elaborate ruse to just sell one of the American networks the existing episodes of "Torchwood" at new episode prices.

[Thinks about it]

I bet NBC would bite.

(source: THR)



Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.



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