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‘Torchwood’ Doesn’t Quite Get Airdate Just Yet

PLUS: ‘Dollhouse’ star Dichen Lachman joining the series

This story was updated 1/8/11 to reflect an information change. This story originally reported that a premiere date for “Torchwood” had been set.

One of the reasons “Torchwood” has proven to be such a popular series is its constantly changing format.

For two years, the show was a 13-part series that worked tremendously hard on BBC Three to prove it was a hit in its own right, and not just a spinoff of “Doctor Who.” Then, in a bittersweet move, the show was promoted to primetime television on BBC One as a five-part miniseries.

Now, the show is going Stateside for a 10-part epic adventure which will see Capt. Jack (John Barrowman) and Gwen (Eve Myles) cross the Atlantic to face a new kind of threat. And it now has an airdate … for the United Kingdom at least.

Despite reports to the contrary, BBC has not yet confirmed when “Torchwood: The New World” will premiere on BBC One. Although Starz, the American premium cable channel that picked up the show, has yet to confirm when the series will air in the United States, the broadcast dates are expected to be relatively close thanks to the joint production deal between both channels.

News outlets, including Airlock Alpha, originally reported on Friday that a premiere date had been set for July 1. However, BBC reportedly told Doctor Who News Page that no date has been set. A Facebook page that was said to be from BBC announcing the premiere date is in fact not an official page, according to the site.

According to TV Line, Filming will begin next week, with former “Dollhouse” star Dichen Lachman appearing in at least one episode of the show. She joins an ever-expanding cast of American talent signing up to appear in the series, including Bill Pullman, Mekhi Phifer and Arlene Tur.

Both Phifer and Pullman are expected to be regulars in the new season with Tur confirmed to be appearing on a recurring basis. Lachman is said to be making a guest appearance in the opening episode.

The show is said to be based around the premise of “Miracle Day,” according to Zap2it. A day occurs that no one dies. But it’s not just one day, it happens over and over. And Torchwood has to figure out why.

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