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Exclusive First Look: Captain Jack's 'Torchwood: Miracle Day' Makeover

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 25th 2011 11:00AM
When the new season of 'Torchwood' arrives on Starz July 8, Captain Jack Harkness will be sporting a new look.

Not only was most of the sci-fi show's new season filmed in the United States rather than the U.K., other aspects of the drama got a makeover as well.

Creator Russell T Davies commissioned the show's costume designer, Shawna Trpcic (a veteran of 'Dollhouse,' 'Firefly' and 'Angel') to make a new version of Jack's iconic coat. We've exclusively got the first photo of Jack in the new season of 'Torchwood,' wearing his new and improved greatcoat.

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Eliza Dushku Headlining 'Torchwood' Web Series?

by Chris Harnick, posted May 18th 2011 11:30AM
Eliza DushkuTalk about a nerdgasm: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'Dollhouse' veteran Eliza Dushku is rumored to be starring in a web companion series to the new season of 'Torchwood.'

According to BleedingCool, 'Torchwood' writer and 'Buffy' veteran Jane Espenson revealed the online spinoff and teased Dushku's involvement on Twitter.

The first tweet: "We have faith in Torchwood: Web of Lies. #hint"

Then, Espenson tweeted: "It's tru; there's an echo of my past work in #Torchwood: Web of Lies. (I know you already solved my little puzzle, but this is fun.)"

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Charlie Sheen Lawsuit to Go Forward in Arbitration, New 'Torchwood' Season Gets U.S. Premiere Date and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 23rd 2011 6:30PM
Charlie SheenDespite Charlie Sheen's best attempts, the star's lawsuit against CBS will go forward in arbitration.

Sheen had filed an injunction to get the dispute settled in court, but according to Entertainment Weekly, a judge ruled that the case can continue in private arbitration as his contract with Warner Bros. stipulates, saving us from a very public court battle.

Instead, we'll just have to rely on inside sources and Sheen's frequent rants to inform us of the progress.

In other TV news ...

Want more Zach Galifianakis on your TV screen? You're in luck: the comedian has signed a deal with HBO and has also co-written a new show for the network. [Deadline]

'Torchwood: Miracle Day' has gotten its U.S. premiere date. The fourth season of the British series will debut on Starz Fri., July 8. [TV Line]

The 'Modern Family' cast is about to get intimate with James Lipton. The six adult leads will all appear on Bravo's 'Inside the Actor's Studio' in an episode that will tape May 16. [EW]

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'Torchwood's' Eve Myles Talks Gwen, Motherhood and 'Miracle Day' (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 21st 2011 3:30PM
'Torchwood,' which follows the adventures of a tight-knit team fighting alien threats, has gone through a lot of changes over the years, but two things have remained constant: Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper.

The new season of the compelling sci-fi drama, which arrives this summer on Starz, may be the biggest departure yet. Much of the show's fourth season is being shot in the United States, and the events of 'Torchwood: Miracle Day' will transpire in various locations worldwide.

Gwen and Captain Jack will both be back, but their lives will be different. Gwen, for one thing, is a "mum" now, as actress Eve Myles explains in the video below.

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'Six Feet Under' Star Joins 'Torchwood' Cast

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 13th 2011 11:55PM
Lauren Ambrose of 'Six Feet Under' has taken a role in the upcoming fourth season of 'Torchwood,' which will air this July on Starz.

She'll play Jilly Kitzinger, a public-relations maven whose charming demeanor masks a steely will. In 'Torchwood: Miracle Day,' she'll line up the most important client of her career -- and as the season progresses she comes to find out just how important that client is.

Ambrose will appear in seven of the 10 episodes of 'Torchwood: Miracle Day.'

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'Torchwood' Creator Russell T Davies Talks about the Show's 'Miracle' Season (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 12th 2011 1:15PM
Not many shows completely revamp their format midway through their lives, but doing that worked out well for 'Torchwood.'

A couple of years ago, the sci-fi-flavored show, which follows a secretive team that battles threats to Earth, abandoned the monster-of-the-week structure that it had used in its first two seasons. In 2008's 'Torchwood: Children of Earth,' creator Russell T Davies abandoned that format to tell a morally complicated story that spanned five tightly linked episodes.

'Children of Earth' was a critical and commercial success in both the U.S. and U.K., and Davies said in a recent interview in Los Angeles that using a highly serialized format had been a creative breakthrough for 'Torchwood,' which had begun life as a 'Doctor Who' spinoff.

In the 'Torchwood's' first two seasons, which featured mostly standalone episodes and an array of one-off villains, "we were always upstaging ourselves by the fact that 'Doctor Who,' [which Davies had revived in 2005] did that on a much bigger scale, and that's why 'Torchwood' struggled sometimes."

"I loved those first two years, but when I hit on the idea of 'Children of the Earth,' when I said, 'Let's not do weekly story, let's do one long story,' it sort of came of age for me in my head, and I discovered the potential to go anywhere and do anything, and then I thought this [show] could run and run and run," Davies said.

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Suze Orman Gets OWN Show, 'Lost' Actress Lands 'Grey's' Role and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 6th 2011 3:10PM
Suze OrmanSuze Orman must've made a good impression while filming 'Ask Oprah's All Stars,' because the financial guru has just gotten her own show on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Tentatively titled 'Money Class,' Orman will help families, couples and individuals set finance goals and task them with challeges to help them learn how to manage their money responsibly.

The new show will debut in the fall of 2011, but you can catch Orman on 'All Stars' Jan. 9, 16 and 23, and on the third episode of 'Your OWN Show,' airing Jan. 21 at 9PM ET.

In other TV news ...

TLC has picked up 'Extreme Couponing' for a full season. More than 2 million viewers tuned into the December special, which followed money-saving experts who take advantage of coupons -- one spent less than $3 for more than $600 worth of goods. [Entertainment Weekly]

'Torchwood' has landed a pair of actresses for its new season. Former 'All My Children' star Alexa Havins will be a new series regular, while 'Dollhouse' actress Dichen Lachman will guest star in the premiere. [TVLine]

'Seinfeld' star Jason Alexander is returning to TV. He'll avoid the 'Seinfeld' curse as a guest star on TNT's new legal show 'Franklin & Bash.' [TV Guide]

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BBC America Revamps 'Supernatural Saturdays' and Signals Move to Original Programming

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 6th 2011 7:30AM
'Doctor Who logoIs BBC America angling to become the new TV home of serious sci fi? With the recent cancelations of 'Caprica' and 'Stargate: Universe,' and the fate of 'V' and 'Fringe' hanging in the balance, it hasn't been a great winter for fans of ambitious, scripted sci fi series.

Now, however, comes news that even though it won't be showing the new season of fan favorite 'Torchwood', BBC America has decided to champion the sci fi genre, and is adding a daytime block of sci fi programming pairing 'The X Files' with with 'Doctor Who' reruns. We also hear exciting news that the channel is moving toward making its own original programming for the first time.

The New Year has brought a revamp of BBC America's primetime "Supernatural Saturdays," which the channel says demonstrates its commitment to sci fi. In this slot, the channel is rolling out three all-new co-productions: 'Primeval', 'Outcasts' and 'Bedlam.' It will also be home to new seasons of 'Doctor Who' and 'Being Human'.

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Desperate Housewives,' 'The Simpsons' and More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 17th 2010 2:00PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo 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 e-mailing us at tvsquad@gmail.com. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Chuck,' 'CSI: Miami,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Glee,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'House,' 'No Ordinary Family,' 'The Good Wife,' 'The Event,' 'The Simpsons,' 'Torchwood,' and 'White Collar.'

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AMC Picks Up Period Western 'Hell on Wheels,' Bill Pullman Joins 'Torchwood' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 15th 2010 6:30PM
Anson MountTake note of the new pilot AMC just picked up, 'Hell on Wheels,' because it's probably going to be the highly respected new period drama you'll be talking about this time next year.

The show follows a former Confederate soldier (Anson Mount, pictured) as he heads out West, searching for vengeance while helping to build the First Transcontinental Railroad, Deadline reports. Rapper Common also stars as a freed slave.

This is the sixth out of six AMC pilots to get a full season order. Its 10 episodes will air sometime in 2011.

In other TV news ...

Bill Pullman has joined Starz's 'Torchwood' as a series regular. Season 4 of the show will feature the actor as a convicted murderer who just barely escapes life in prison due to a technicality. [Deadline]

A Fox rep confirmed to Time's TV critic that the final episodes of 'Running Wilde' will air this month. "Word from Fox: Final #RunningWilde eps WILL air this month: 12/19, 12/26 and 12/28," James Poniewozick tweeted. [Twitter]

'Sesame Street' is heading back to China. A shorter, Shanghai-centric version of the series will be broadcast in Mandarin to Shanghai TV sets starting Dec. 22. General Electric sponsored the show's broadcast from 1998-2001. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Mekhi Phifer to Star in 'Doctor Who' Spinoff, 'Torchwood: The New World'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 14th 2010 7:45AM
Mekhi PhiferAfter a tumultuous year of rumors about remakes and reboots, cancelations and crazy casting ideas, it seems as though things are finally coming together for Starz's 'Doctor Who' spinoff, 'Torchwood.'

First, it got a new name. To differentiate it from the first three, BBC-produced, seasons, Season 4 -- which is a joint production between Starz and the BBC -- will henceforth be known as 'Torchwood: The New World.'

Now we hear that 'ER' alum Mekhi Phifer has signed on to star as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson. According to deadline.com, Matheson is "a fast-tracked high-flyer with a lethal sense of humor who starts to feel his mortality when his life is put in danger." So, a possible replacement for previous 'Torchwood' fan favorite, mild-mannered Welsh police officer PC Andy Davidson, then?

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Gene Shalit to Leave 'Today,' IFC Readies Facial Hair Competition Series and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 9th 2010 6:00PM
Gene Shalit Gene Shalit is leaving NBC's 'Today.' According to Variety, Shalit, who has been with the show for 40 years, will depart the morning program on Thursday.

"It's enough already," Shalit said in a statement.

The film reviewer said he will still be active in the media scene, but focusing on publishing, Web work, radio and commercials. Look for 'Today' to air a special retrospective about Shalit's lengthy career on his last day, Nov. 11.

In other TV news ...

Steven Weber and D.L. Hughley has been tapped to star in a new TNT pilot. Weber and Hughley will play police officers, Weber's character is newly widowed and Hughley's a newlywed. The project comes from 'Wall Street : Money Never Sleeps' writer Allan Loeb and is based on Marshall Karp's novel "The Rabbit Factory." [Deadline Hollywood]

Shohreh Aghdashloo will guest star on 'Law & Order: SVU.' The Emmy-winner will play Sunny Qadar, an investigator in the Brooklyn district attorney's office. [Movieline]

HBO is not going forward with 'Miraculous Year.' The star-studded pilot had Frank Langella, Lee Pace and Hope Davis attached and was directed by Kathryn Bigelow. [Deadline Hollywood]

IFC is developing 8 new shows. The new projects vary from reality and animation to comedy. The network has tapped creators such as Thom Beers, Alan Spencer, and David Wain. Look for 'Whisker Wars,' a reality series about facial hair competitions. Yup. [Hollywood Reporter]

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Kristin Davis Returns to TV With 'Happiness Project,' Fox Orders More 'Human Target' Scripts and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 22nd 2010 6:00PM
Kristin Davis'Sex and the City' star Kristin Davis is returning to TV in 'The Happiness Project.' The single-camera comedy has a script commitment at NBC.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Davis will star and executive produce the series based on Gretchen Rubin's memoir. Rubin started a blog about her year-long journey to find happiness. She employed scientific studies and other tips in her quest.

Kristin Newman of 'Chuck' and 'How I Met Your Mother' fame is in negotiations to write and executive produce.

In other TV news ...

'The Whole Truth' may have just one more week left. ABC has scheduled a country music special in the ratings-challenged show's timenslot on Nov. 3. The following week all of ABC's regular Wednesday night schedule will be put on hold for the Country Music Awards. [Entertainment Weekly]

Former 'One Tree Hill' star Chad Michael Murray and 'Dollhouse' veteran Enver Gjokaj are in consideration for a new role on 'Torchwood.' 'Greek' star Amber Stevens is also being considered for a new role when the series launches on Starz. [Ausiello Files]

Omari Hardwick of 'Dark Blue' fame will guest on NBC's 'Chase.' Hardwick will play Chris Novak, a criminal who escapes and seeks revenge on the people who betrayed him. [TV Guide]

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Part of New 'Doctor Who' Season Will Be Filmed in America

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 11th 2010 10:30AM
Americans, prepare for an alien invasion. 'Doctor Who' is coming.

A couple of months ago, we learned that part of the upcoming 'Torchwood' season will be shot in America. On Sunday, the BBC announced that 'Doctor Who,' the series that spun off 'Torchwood,' will be filming in the United States as well.

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Happy Techie Day! Our 10 Favorite Techies

by Sharon Knolle, posted Oct 3rd 2010 11:00AM
Chuck - Buy MoreHappy Techie Day!

In celebration of the day (sadly, it's not a national holiday), we drew up a list of some of our favorite hackers, forensics specialists, mad scientists, and gadget-wielding experts. They have all, in their own heroically geeky way, saved the day from serial killers, demons, vampires, global conspiracies, rogue spies or just boring old computer meltdowns.

Read on for our list of the smartest, savviest (and occasionally ass-kicking) techies to ever grace the airwaves. Don't see your favorite techie listed? Tell us your own!

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