The Starz pay channel just announced that it has picked up the U.S. rights for a new 10-episode season of Torchwood with all the key players returning. This new version of Torchwood is expected to air during the summer of 2011 on Starz in the U.S. and on BBC One in the U.K.
John Barrowman will return as Captain Jack Harkness and Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, along with new cast members, as the series takes on a more international scope.
Behind the scenes, the show's creator Russell T. Davies and Julie Gardner will return as executive producers, with Davies taking on show-running duties. According to Carmi Zlotnik, Starz Media managing director, Davies and his team have a "compelling vision for the evolution of the Torchwood saga that really takes the story into whole new areas."
The show, which focuses on a covert branch of the government that deals with aliens and alien artifacts, had three seasons that aired on BBC and in the U.S. on BBC America. Earlier in the year, Fox had been toying with picking up the series but eventually dropped the project.
That's good news, no doubt, for fans of the Doctor Who spinoff, considering how some of our other beloved shows were treated by Fox in the past. Considering the other Starz fare, including the naked, bloody and violent Spartacus: Blood and Sand, it's a good bet that the new Torchwood will go sexier and more edgy to take advantage of the pay-channel status.
When last we saw Captain Jack and Gwen in the devastatingly good Torchwood: Children of Earth in the summer of 2009, he was leaving Earth after the horrifying decision to sacrifice his own grandson to save the Earth's children, and she was pregnant. Most of the other regular characters were killed off either before Children of Earth or during it ... well, except for one important character, Gwen's husband Rhys, played by Kai Owen. No word yet whether we'll see him again.
So ... will you pay to see Torchwood?