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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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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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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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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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