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U.S. 'Torchwood' Not a Threat -- For Now

by Harley W. Lond, posted Apr 21st 2010 9:36PM
'Torchwood' fans leery of seeing their fav series Americanized can rest easy -- for now.

Fox has given up on developing a U.S. version of the UK cult hit series about a criminal investigation group that battles hostile extraterrestrial threats, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter.

"BBC Worldwide Productions and the Fox Broadcasting Company have mutually agreed not to progress together with a 13-episode serialized 'Torchwood' format," the BBC Worldwide said in a statement.'Torchwood' fans leery of seeing their fav series Americanized can rest easy -- for now.

Fox has given up on developing a U.S. version of the UK cult hit series about a criminal investigation group that battles hostile extraterrestrial threats, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter.

"BBC Worldwide Productions and the Fox Broadcasting Company have mutually agreed not to progress together with a 13-episode serialized 'Torchwood' format," the BBC Worldwide said in a statement.

But the BBC hasn't ruled out a new series entirely. BBC Worldwide executive vp of programming and production Jane Tranter said that a U.S. version was still making progress. "It's very much ongoing and very much alive," Tranter said.

Original series creator Russell Davies was writing the script for the U.S. adaptation, and there was speculation that John Barrowman, who played Capt. Jack Harkness -- a bisexual from the 51st century -- would appear in the pilot.

Also, according to The Reporter, a U.S. edition of 'Doctor Who,' whose recent season premiere set a ratings record on BBC America, isn't in the works. "It may well be confusing to have a British Doctor and an American Doctor at the same time," Tranter said. "There is only one Doctor, so I don't see that happening."

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