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Spoilers Anonymous: 30 Rock, Desperate Housewives, and much more!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jan 29th 2010 6:00PM

This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us at tvsquad at gmail dot com, or call and leave a message at (775) 640-8479. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 30 Rock, 90210, Bones, Castle, Desperate Housewives, Fringe, Glee, Gossip Girl, How I Met Your Mother, Smallville, Supernatural, The Big Bang Theory, and Ugly Betty.

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Fox to develop U.S. version of Torchwood

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 19th 2010 4:00PM

TorchwoodWe can classify this under "train wrecks waiting to happen." Fox has picked up the rights to produce an American version of the BBC sci-fi spin-off of Doctor Who, Torchwood.

Series creator Russell T. Davies is writing the pilot (and several other former executives of the original are behind the show), so there will likely be many similarities and possibly even nods to Doctor Who continuity. Critics who haven't seen the original will likely pigeonhole the show as The X-Files with more ostentatious sci-fi elements.

The question is, how will the show be handled? Will it be a complete reboot? Will it be an American branch of the institution? Most importantly, will John Barrowman star as Captain Jack Harkness (hey, he's already got the American accent)?

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Fox Plans to Import Sexy Sci-Fi Series 'Torchwood'

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 19th 2010 3:00PM
Is American network television ready for the sexually freewheeling sci-fi of 'Torchwood'?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox is developing an imported version of the popular British sci-fi series (seen in the U.S. on BBC America) about a super-secret agency charged with protecting Earth against alien threats. It's like '24,' with tentacles and sex. Lots of sex, and especially lots of same-sex sex.

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Barrowman signed for Torchwood season four

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 2nd 2009 10:01AM
TorchwoodJohn Barrowman, best known as Captain Jack Harkness on the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood, has confirmed that he has signed to play the character again in the series' fourth season. Unlike the mini-series of the third season, Barrowman claims that the fourth will have a full 13-episode run.

Given that the majority of the cast was killed off during seasons two and three, this would represent a good opportunity for Russell T. Davies and whichever other creators are involved to re-invent the series. Whether the new series will involve the newest Doctor Matt Smith is anybody's guess, however given Davies' departure from the source program (which, granted, was amicable) and his likely desire to similarly remove Torchwood from Doctor Who continuity as much as possible, I doubt it.

So here we have Captain Jack returning to Earth and assembling a new team. Will Gwen be involved as well, child in tow? Are you looking forward to a new season of Torchwood?

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Angry Torchwood fans threaten writers with bodily harm

by Hemal Jhaveri, posted Aug 3rd 2009 8:57PM
Torchwood: Children of EarthIf you're a regular viewer of the BBC sci-fi series Torchwood, you're more than aware of the recent dust up between fans and writers over a major character death in this past season's finale. Angry fans immediately ran to message boards to express their displeasure with the direction the show has taken, but now, that angry fan reaction seems to have taken a sudden and serious turn for the worse.

Before we get too far into this, I'm putting a spoiler warning on this post, even though the episode in question has already aired in the U.S. For anyone still saving it on their DVR, beware. It's a biggie.

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Torchwood star could be moving to Wisteria Lane

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 31st 2009 6:03PM
BarrowmanShow of hands: how many people here watch both Torchwood and Desperate Housewives? Well, your dreams might be answered. Torchwood star John Barrowman revealed on a British talk show this week that he is going to Los Angeles to meet with the producers of the ABC drama for a role. Though he didn't say what role it would be.

Maybe he can play the same character he plays on Torchwood, add a little sci-fi to the show. Wouldn't that be unbelievably wild? That's why it would never happen.

[via TV Tattle]

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Torchwood approved for full fourth season - Comic-Con Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 27th 2009 9:33AM
John Barrowman will return for a fourth season of Torchwood.A Torchwood panel headlined by Russell T. Davies and John Barrowman was the last big event of Comic-Con International this year. While it didn't pack any huge revelations, it did come with good news for fans. The show will return for a full season in 2010.

The BBC decided to make the show's third season, "Children of Earth," into a week-long miniseries event. It was a huge ratings success in the U.K. and fared well on BBC American in the U.S. So, the Beeb is giving it a longer run.

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Torchwood is back for another season

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 26th 2009 12:03PM
Torchwood picked up for season fourOnline sources have been informed that Torchwood has been picked up for a fourth season. This is not surprising considering the excellent ratings received by the BBC for Season 3, despite relegating that season to a five-episode mini-series.

Spoilers follow. You have been warned.

The brilliant thing about the next season of Torchwood is that the creators have a chance to start from scratch. Ianto is dead. Jack is gone. Gwen is pregnant. Gwen could decide after the baby is born to start a new team. Or, Jack could come back. Or Ianto could return from the dead (it's happened on the show before).

The powers that be could even decide to start a new team from scratch, although I think something would be missing without at least Captain Jack around. Torchwood (the organization, not the show) has gone through many incarnations and survived much worse than the slaughter or dissolution of a particular set of members. Whatever is decided, I look forward to it.

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Torchwood: Children of Earth: Day Two (U.S.)

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 22nd 2009 1:56AM
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Gwen is a badass. And that Ianto sure is one clever boy. With Captain Jack busy growing back his body parts, Torchwood's non-super-powered players took center stage in Children of Earth's fast and furious second hour.

Day two started out with a rush of action movie awesomeness as Gwen blasted her way out of a scary situation. I don't remember the danger ever feeling so immediate and real in Torchwood. The opening minutes were edge-of-your-seat tense, and the swift pace rarely let up.

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Torchwood's John Barrowman on the Jack-Ianto relationship, the new Doctor

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 20th 2009 9:01PM
john barrowman torchwoodLike I mentioned earlier today on SciFi Squad, Torchwood: Children of Earth finally makes its U.S. premiere tonight with a gripping first hour on BBC America. We'll be covering the five-part miniseries through Friday with news and daily episode reviews.

Torchwood's own Captain Jack Harkness, John Barrowman, talked to Pop Candy's Whitney Matheson recently. The interview is a good read with Barrowman talking about the show, his career, his love of sci-fi (he's a Space: 1999 fan!) and his thoughts on the new Doctor Who, Matt Smith. Here are some highlights:

When asked which Torchwood agent is the best kisser, Barrowman responded: "It depends how you're looking at it, because Jack kisses them in different ways. Jack will kiss Ianto very passionately ... He would kiss Gwen on the cheek, but with a little bit of trepidation, because there's almost a sensuality there that he doesn't want to go to. And with Toshiko, it's more of a kind of a playful, pecky kiss. So I'd still have to say Ianto's the best kisser."

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BBC America serves up first seven minutes of new Torchwood

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 15th 2009 7:04PM
The Children of Earth announce a new challenge for the Torchwood crew.Following its smash hit run on BBC1 in the U.K., Torchwood: "Children of Earth" is heralding its U.S. arrival next week by presenting the first seven minutes of the first episode, "Day One."

The week-long, five episode mini-series has already generated enough spoilers here at TV Squad and around the web, so we'll take care to avoid repeat performances here. For now, stateside viewers can visit BBC America's video page to watch the first seven minutes of the third season's first show in which Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) dies of Ptomaine poisoning.

The first 20 minutes of the same episode were already available on the BBC America On Demand channel included with some cable services.

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Torchwood burning up the UK weekly ratings

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 10th 2009 1:00PM
John Barrowman stars as Captain Jack Harkness in the BBC's Torchwood: Children of Earth.Premiering to an audience of almost 6 million viewers and holding fairly steady all week long, the BBC's "event programming" of Torchwood: "Children of Earth" looks like a success.

Series star John Barrowman griped last week about the BBC producing only a five-episode series for Torchwood's third season. But, the week-long mini-series turned the 2009 appearance of the Doctor Who spinoff into a TV phenomena desperately awaited by its fans.

Torchwood's move to BBC One more than doubled the show's season two ratings, and there's no telling how high those numbers could go for tonight's mini-series finale.

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Barrowman blasts BBC for Torchwood miniseries

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 1st 2009 10:05AM
John Barrowman took a shot at his bosses over the short Torchwood season.With the premiere of Torchwood: Children of Earth closing in at BBC America, John Barrowman is picking an unusual time to kick BBC executives in the pants.

The leading man and variety host told the British papers that he feels like the BBC is punishing him and Torchwood by cutting the show down to a week-long, five-episode mini-series run.

Barrowman's timing is odd, as there were no reports of dissatisfaction before, during or after filming on the short run. Meanwhile, there's plenty of positive publicity buzzing around the new season, and there was no desperate need to get people interested via a complaint.

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Where is The Next Doctor?

by Brad Trechak, posted Jun 2nd 2009 5:05PM
Doctor WhoBBC Video will be releasing some new DVDs in North America come July that includes Torchwood: Children of Earth and Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead. I immediately took note of the fact that nobody mentioned releasing the last Doctor Who Christmas special which was broadcast in England in December 2008, The Next Doctor.

Way back in 1996, the BBC co-produced a Doctor Who television movie with Fox in the United States which starred Paul McGann as the Doctor. Since then, the rights regarding reproduction or broadcast of that movie in North America has been somewhat convoluted at best. In the last Christmas special, a clip of Paul McGann from that TV movie was shown, and I cannot help but wonder if that clip is holding up release of the video.

Of course, it could simply be a case of the BBC waiting until Christmas or any one of a dozen other reasons. But I have a suspicious mind and I cannot help but think that it was a mistake for the BBC to ever co-produce Doctor Who with an American company if it is such a hindrance to the American release of their own DVDs.

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Captain Jack stars in a very special Doctor Who episode

by Brad Trechak, posted May 25th 2009 11:02AM

Doctor WhoJohn Barrowman isn't just Captain Jack Harkness on Doctor Who and Torchwood. He also is a variety show host for a BBC series called Tonight's The Night which allows contestants to live out their performance dreams. Using his association with the former, he actually gave a contestant on the latter the chance to live out his dream of appearing on Doctor Who.

It's a cute scene which obviously doesn't fit into any sort of show continuity (or as much continuity as Doctor Who can have). David Tennant himself makes a special appearance in the episode and steals the show. Watching Tennant's brief cameo in this show, I'm even more convinced that Matt Smith has big shoes to fill when he eventually takes over the role.

On the other hand, if your dream is to appear on an episode of Doctor Who, why would you allow your face to be covered by a blue mask? Watch the video after the jump.

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