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think the Americanized ‘Torchwood’ sucks? brace for more

Torchwood: Miracle Day might be awful, but as with lots of other awful television, people are watching it. So prepare yourself for more terrible TV produced as joint Starz-BBC projects. From C21Media.net:

Torchwood ignites Starz, BBCWW pact

US-based Starz Entertainment and BBC Worldwide Productions have signed a multi-year production/distribution pact following the success of Torchwood.

The pair will co-develop and coproduce new series, comprising one-hour episode dramas that will debut on Starz’s networks in the US and English-speaking Canada. BBCWW will sell the resulting output internationally.

The pair used the model for the latest season of Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, which was stuck in development hell till Starz came onboard as co-finance partner.

The agreement will see BBCWW Productions lead production on the new shows, working in partnership with Starz’s Original Programming team. Details of the new series will be announced at a later date and, according to the pair, could total more than 100 hours.

If Miracle Day is any indication, these new projects will be the definition of “lowest common denomination”: dumb it down to appeal to the perceived stupidity of the American audience. Don’t expect the American audience to show it is capable of enjoying something just a bit smarter… never mind that it has already demonstrated as much with the purely BBC Doctor Who and the purely BBC Torchwood doing well in the States. Dumb it down some more in order to grab the mainstream audience, which couldn’t possibly cope with timey-whimey and Welsh accents.

*grrrr*



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  • It Needs To Die

    Torchwood was unwatchable sludge from the get-go. Given that American writing, both North and South, is currently kicking the UK’s writers in the teeth and wiping the floor with them, I’d actually wonder if the yanks might *improve* this dreadful series. But everything I’ve heard about Miracle Day sounds very, very dire.

  • michael

    fuck you. uk writers are way better than you stupid dumb cunt mericans. americans can’t write for shit

  • fbdgtz

    america: the country that turns television into complete shit. they have no quality

  • Kitt Meridoc-Stratten

    You’re missing the point.. but then.. so are a lot of the people here. The shows you named are great.. and are thought provoking. A lot of American shows are. I love American TV – it’s so different from British TV. It’s a different feeling and culture. And THAT’S the real point. Americans do American TV really, really well. They just don’t tend to do British TV particularly well. When American’s try to do British shows they tend, in most cases, to follow one of two trends – the shows either take on a very specific American-y feel (as in the American Office) – or they try to keep it as it was, and completely miss the feel they’re going for and it falls flat (as they did with Red Dwarf). Americans tend to really like British TV for the same reason that we love American TV – it has a totally different feeling and culture behind it. Torchwood felt, in Miracle Day, like a cross over between Torchwood and CSI-something. It just didn’t feel like you were watching a British show any more. It lost the essence that made it what it was – the reason you guys loved it in the first place. That’s not Starz fault – that’s the BBC’s fault for not doing what was best for the series in the first place. Instead – they were just thinking commercially when they *really* don’t need the money. The BBC are in no way poor.

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