Travelling to the STARZ: Torchwood Finds a New Home

Torchwood
Torchwood Credit: BBC America

Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper will be back next summer, but with a few changes.  Torchwood, a spin-off of the widely acclaimed Doctor Who, follows a British government team specializing in alien activity.  After two seasons and a well received mini-series, the Torchwood show runners have decided to up the ante. Starz, a major American cable network, will be replacing BBC America as the broadcaster of British series.

What does this move mean?  For one, publicity.  Starz is quickly becoming a go to station for science fiction/fantasy Television.  With last year’s Spartacus, and up-coming projects including Camelot, Ken Follet’s Pillars of Earth mini-series, and the Spartacus prequel, Starz may be able to land a wider audience for Torchwood.  Partnering with Starz also gives show-runners financial support.  While the show made good with what it previously had, larger budgets mean bigger opportunities.  It will be interesting to see what changes take place because of it.  Finally, the press release suggests “[the partnership] will allow [show-runner Russell T] Davies and his writing team to tell a more explosive and global story.” Does this mean Jack and company will venture out from their home in Wales?  Only time will tell.

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