Yet another British import is making its way to the United States, but this time it’s not only science-fiction, but it’s also garnered interest from a major network.
Fox says it wants to produce an American version of the hit BBC series “Torchwood,” the “Doctor Who” spinoff that garnered critical acclaim and mass appeal last year for its “Children of Earth” miniseries. The British series, which stars John Barrowman as Capt. Jack Harkness and Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper.
This follows Syfy’s announcement at the end of last year that it would produce an American version of “Being Human,” showing that British television is still heavily influencing what American audiences are watching.
Many times, remakes of foreign programs get lost in translation. However, Fox is trying to sidestep that by keeping the British series’ producers of “Torchwood” intact. Yes, that means creator and showrunner Russell T. Davies as well as executive producer Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter will be aboard the American version.
Not that they will just be names in the credits. Davies also intends to write the pilot episode, which is being developed by BBC Worldwide Productions, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In fact, the new show — which will take on more of a global feel rather than the more localized Welsh take found in the original — could even include Barrowman, who first established his immortal Capt. Jack in the first season of the modern “Doctor Who,” a British iconic series that was revived by Davies.
This isn’t the first time Davies has had a project he created Americanized. Showtime picked up his “Queer as Folk” in the early 2000s, which ran for five seasons.
Such a project is still in the early pre-production stages, and it’s not clear if this is a pilot order or what Fox has planned for the series.
Unfortunately, Fox hasn’t been entirely friendly to science-fiction shows in the past. Even looking past “Alien Nation” and “Firefly” in recent years, Fox has been under fire from fans on how it scheduled “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” which was canceled last season after just two years on the air, and its recent cancellation of “Dollhouse” from Joss Whedon, which had been banished to Friday nights for its entire run.
“Fringe,” the other Fox series in the genre, was moved to Thursdays this season to try and be the network’s answer to the powerful lineups on other networks, but has been pounded by shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC, and is now considered to be on the bubble.