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'Torchwood: Miracle Day' Finale: Captain Jack Can Bring Death Back (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 12th 2011 4:45PM
Captain Jack dies on 'Torchwood'Longtime fans of 'Torchwood' (Friday, 10PM on Starz) know that you get attached to a character at your own peril. They weren't particularly happy with the massacre in the BBC season three mini-series, 'Children of Earth.' But the one character who seemingly couldn't die, mostly because he is actually immortal, was Captain Jack, a good friend of some guy called The Doctor.

But in the Starz version of the show, 'Torchwood: Miracle Day,' everyone is immortal, except Captain Jack. And as it turns out, his blood holds the key to reversing that immortality. The only other remaining original 'Torchwood' character, Gwen, must shoot him and release his blood.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for September 6 - 11

by Stephanie Earp, posted Sep 6th 2011 8:40AM
9/11: Ten Years Later -- Sunday, September 11, 8PM ET/PT, CBS/Global

Of all the specials airing this week, this one, narrated by Robert De Niro, may be hard to watch, but not as hard as others (like the hour on History playing all the phone calls out of the towers). This is an update to a special that aired not long after 9/11, and told the story of Engine 7 Ladder 1. It's also the only special that has footage of the first plane hitting Tower One. As astounding as it may seem, there is a whole generation of young people out there who did not see it happen the first time and are old enough now to watch and understand.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for September 5-11

by Laura Prudom, posted Sep 4th 2011 3:00PM
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' (8PM ET, ABC Family)
summer finale
Whether you watch unironically or just want to pinpoint the scenes that Joel McHale is likely to mock on 'The Soup' this week, 'Secret Life' season 4 reaches its midpoint this week: It's graduation day and Ricky has some important duties to attend, to while the rest of the students get ready for a party they will never forget.

'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' (9PM ET, Bravo) season premiere
All six original housewives -- Taylor Armstrong, Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof, Kim Richards, Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump -- are back. Though not official "housewives," this season the ladies are joined by two new friends: Brandi Glanville and Dana Wilke. In the wake of Russell Armstrong's suicide, a special introduction to the episode will be broadcast with interviews from cast members, as well as suicide prevention PSAs.

'The Glades' (10PM ET, A&E) season finale -- special night
Two ex-con brothers seize control of Callie's hospital, resulting in a tense hostage situation that Jim and Callie must work together to solve in the second season finale.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for August 15-21

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 14th 2011 3:00PM
Bachelor PadMONDAY, AUGUST 15

'Bachelor Pad' (8PM ET, ABC)

TV's most trainwreck-y reality show is back for the summer, and after last week's eventful season premiere, things are only going to get messier. This week sees our 'Bachelor/ette' alums competing in a Q&A contest where they'll throw paint-filled eggs at targets on each others' backs to answer questions like "least attractive" and "least deserving of $250,000" in the hope of winning immunity for the week. Ouch.

'Gloria: In Her Own Words' (9PM ET, HBO) special presentation
This engaging and important documentary on iconic women's rights activist Gloria Steinem documents her rise from troubled Midwestern child, to dissatisfied New York writer, to public face of the feminist movement.

'The Lying Game' (9PM ET, ABC Family) series premiere
This mysterious drama series lands somewhere between 'The Parent Trap' and The CW's new thriller 'Ringer,' centering around two separated-at-birth twins who meet for the first time in their teens and trade identities as they search for their biological mother. But when privileged Sutton fails to return to her old life, foster kid Emma must decide whether to keep up her sister's charade.

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Further Thoughts on 'Torchwood,' Plus Podcast Chat on 'Falling Skies,' 'The Hour' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 5th 2011 6:30PM
I'm a bit behind in posting updates about the last two podcasts, but we've got packed edition of Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan this week.

In this week's podcast, Ryan McGee and I talk about TNT's 'Falling Skies,' which has its season finale Sunday, 'Torchwood,' which hits the midpoint of its Starz season tonight, and 'The Hour,' an interesting new drama that arrives on BBC America Aug. 17. I am not sure if I'll get a chance to write a full review of 'The Hour' this month, so if you're interested in the period drama, which stars Dominic West of 'The Wire' as a news anchor in mid-'50s London, you might check out our non-spoilery discussion of the show.

In the last segment, I talk about some of the things that have transpired at the Television Critics Association press tour, which I've been attending for the last two weeks.

I've got a bit more to say about the new season of 'Torchwood' further down in this post, and there are running times for the podcast below as well.

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EXCLUSIVE: The 'Torchwood' Cast Will Be at Tonight's Comic-Con Screening

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 21st 2011 6:00PM
TorchwoodComic-Con is a magical place where famous people dress up in costume to walk the convention center floor (ahem, 'MythBusters' Adam Savage!) and stars do autograph signing sessions for their biggest fans.

But to actually get to sit in a room with the stars of a show as you're watching a never-before-seen episode of their show? Well, that's just a fan's dream come true.

I've just learned exclusively that the cast of Starz's 'Torchwood: Miracle Day' will be coming to the screening of the season's third episode tonight (Thurs., July 21, 9:30PM PT in Room 6DE).

So not only will fans get to see the episode early -- it doesn't air on Starz until tomorrow -- but they'll also get to see which parts make cast members John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman, Alexa Havins and writer/EP Jane Espenson smile, laugh and catch their breath.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for July 18-24

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 17th 2011 3:20PM
Ashley and BenMONDAY, JULY 18

'The Bachelorette' (8PM ET, ABC)
It's hometown week for our blushing 'Bachelorette' and her four remaining suitors -- which means kooky family members, tough questions and, knowing Ashley, probably a tearful meltdown or two. But the more important question is ... what is your water heater doing right now?

'Hell's Kitchen' (8PM ET, Fox) season premiere
If you like your reality with a little more realism (and probably just as many tears), Gordon Ramsay returns with 18 masochistic new contenders competing for a head chef position at BLT Steak in New York. Just to spice things up, expect a battle of the sexes that will have tempers flaring.

'Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story' (8PM ET, Lifetime) original telefilm
If you're still on a Harry Potter high following the release of 'Deathly Hallows Part 2,' Potterites might want to check out the tale of how J.K. Rowling (Poppy Montgomery) brought the boy wizard to life whilst struggling to support her kids as a single mother on welfare. Magic!

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'Torchwood' Returns With Immortality for Everyone Except Captain Jack (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 11th 2011 1:13AM
'Torchwood: Miracle Day' - 'The New World'After a two-year hiatus, another global incident means it's time to reassemble 'Torchwood' (Fri., 10PM ET on Starz) to figure out what's going on. This time, it looks like the gang is being forcibly relocated to the United States by a dead man.

But then again, that's the problem. 'Miracle Day' is the subtitle of this series of 'Torchwood.' Where 'Children of Earth' had every child on the planet impacted, this one affects every living person. And every living person is every person on the planet ... no matter what.

No one is dying, even the people who should be dying, including our friend who surrounds Gwen, Jack and Rhys at the close of this premiere. There's some strange connection to Torchwood and this global crisis.

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Review: 'Torchwood' Fights a Frightening 'Miracle' & a Chat With Star John Barrowman

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 8th 2011 10:00AM
There's a place on the television landscape for shows that cater to the casual science-fiction fan -- the kind of person who enjoys fantastical premises and way-out ideas, but doesn't necessarily want to see spaceship battles or is put off by the kind of baggage that invading aliens often arrive with.

'Fringe' has its share of freaky occurrences, but it's so well grounded in thoughtfully created characters and complicated emotional dilemmas that it's managed to (just about) stick around for four seasons.

'Torchwood,' which might well be thought of as 'Fringe's' saucier British cousin, unveils its fourth season Friday (10PM ET on Starz), and it's interesting to note that, as they've matured, both shows have gone full bore into serialized stories that revolve around big ideas. The writers behind these shows have recognized that those who want genre-flavored entertainment want to plunge headlong into those kinds of evocative tales; not even the casual sci-fi fan has much time for a procedural, watered-down 'X-Files' wannabe.

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Talking TV Podcast Talks 'Torchwood,' 'Fringe' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 7th 2011 1:30PM
In this week's Talking TV podcast, Ryan McGee and I talk about the new season of 'Torchwood,' which arrives on Starz Friday.

But 'Torchwood' (which I'll review later today or tomorrow morning) is not all we talk about -- Ryan and I also took on several reader questions in the final third of the podcast. Running times are below.

Don't forget that you can still leave questions on this blog post or email them to me here. I'll be doing an Ask Mo column in a week or so, so please shoot me your TV-related queries!

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'Torchwood' Star Eve Myles Talks 'Miracle Day'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 7th 2011 11:10AM
Weird things happen on 'Torchwood,' which kicks off an intriguing new season Friday on Starz. But no matter how strange things get on the genre-flavored drama, the eminently relatable Gwen Cooper remains grounded, practical and even dryly witty.

Despite the terror that can accompany working for the 'Torchwood' team, which investigates otherworldly threats to Earth, you get the impression that the former cop wouldn't have it any other way.

I recently spoke to Eve Myles, who plays Cooper, about Gwen's journey from Welsh cop to alien investigator to mother. Through it all, Gwen has remained the best friend of Captain Jack Harkness, which isn't exactly an easy gig -- and it sounds as though that role gets even tougher in 'Torchwood: Miracle Day,' which depicts what would happen if people on Earth were to suddenly stop dying.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for July 4 - 10

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jul 4th 2011 10:39AM
Friday Night Lights - Wednesday July 6, 9PM ET/PT, Global/NBC

The series and season finale of one of the finest pieces of television ever made airs tonight. Like any other epic ending, there are engagements, reunions, job changes, and plenty of nods to the very first episode. Basically, you're going to need an entire box of tissue to get through this. In the end, you'll probably feel that each of the characters winds up where you'd hoped they would -- or at least that they made the best of things. The real tears come from realizing that from now on you have to live without them.

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Mekhi Phifer Previews 'Torchwood: Miracle Day' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 28th 2011 6:30PM
Mekhi Phifer talks 'Torchwood' on 'The Talk''Torchwood' fans, rejoice. We're less than two weeks away from the stateside debut of 'Torchwood: Miracle Day,' which premieres on Starz July 8. John Barrowman and Eve Myles are slated to return as Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper, joined by 'Torchwood' newcomers Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose, and Mekhi Phifer. Tuesday on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS), Phifer shared a clip from the 'Doctor Who' spin-off and also divulged a few details of the plot.

In the clip, Phifer's character is shown getting impaled through the chest with a rod that flies off the back of a truck ahead of him. But, as he explained, he doesn't die. "Basically there's this phenomenon that happens throughout the world where no one is dying," he said. "I play a C.I.A. agent named Rex Matheson, and so I make it my mission to try to get to the bottom of what this phenomenon is and who's behind it. Is it aliens? Is it a conspiracy group?"

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EXCLUSIVE: 'Torchwood' Creator Russell T Davies on Captain Jack's Dangerous Secret and Much More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 6th 2011 2:45PM
Some writers tinker around the edges with their shows, but Russell T Davies, the creator of 'Torchwood,' is not one to play it safe. For the acclaimed 'Torchwood: Children of Earth,' which aired in 2009, Davies redesigned the sci-fi thriller as a short-run miniseries to make it more accessible to newcomers. It worked: The propulsive 'Children of Earth' was a hit for the BBC worldwide.

This season, the drama will change networks in the U.S. -- it debuts on Starz July 8 -- and creatively speaking, Davies is not letting 'Torchwood' rest on its laurels. In the interview below, Davies speaks in depth about the changes he'll unveil in 'Torchwood: Miracle Day,' which stars John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Lauren Ambrose and Bill Pullman.

There's a doozy of a surprise involving Captain Jack Harkness, but don't worry, I've put that very spoilery stuff at the end of the interview, in case you don't want to see it. If you've never seen 'Torchwood' but want to know more about the show, or if you're a fan of past seasons, it's safe to read on.

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Eliza Dushku to Guest Star on 'White Collar'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 1st 2011 7:35AM
Eliza DushkuThe 'Dollhouse' may be closed for business, but its star Eliza Dushku is as busy as ever. It's been reported that she will guest star on an upcoming episode of 'White Collar' and, that if all goes well, she could be back for more.

'White Collar' creator Jeff Eastin told 'The Hollywood Reporter' that Dushku will appear in the ninth episode of Season 3. Her character will be working for Matthew Keller (Ross McCall) and will be "obviously very sexy," said Eastin.

He added that, if things go his way, Dushku's appearance may not be a one-off. "We did it in such a way that if it works out, we could bring her back," Eastin revealed.

Read more after the jump, but be warned: !!!SPOILER ALERT!!!

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