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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

because Fox really, really hates ‘Torchwood’ fans

The American television network Fox is developing an American version of Torchwood.

The Hollywood Reporter has the gall to frame it:

Huge news for sci-fi fans: Fox is developing a stateside version of the U.K. hit series “Torchwood.”

Yeah, “huge news” like Hitler invading Poland is “huge news.”

It gets worse:

Unlike U.S. adaptations that have gone awry, “Torchwood” fans can take comfort that the original producing team is on board. In addition to Davies, exec producers include Davies’ producing partner Julie Gardner (former head of drama at BBC Wales for the show’s first season) and Jane Tranter (another BBC vet, now exec vp programming and production at BBC Worldwide Prods. in the U.S.).

No: this is not comforting. BBC folks were involved in the ridiculous 1996 Fox TV attempted American reboot of Doctor Who, and that didn’t make it suck any less.

What is the point of this? What the fuck is the point? Just make more Torchwood at the BBC, Davies, which at least has demonstrated that it knows how to do it right.

Also, some of the current cast — most likely John Barrowman, who plays the immortal Capt. Jack Harkness — might star if Fox orders “Torchwood” to pilot.

Sorry, but that’s not good enough. That’s really, really bad, actually. They’re gonna force us to watch Our Hero sell out.

It gets worse:

Tranter might try to reboot “Doctor Who” for U.S. audiences while departing “Doctor Who” star David Tennant stars in NBC’s pilot “Rex Is Not Your Lawyer.”

*sob* Can’t they just leave well enough alone?

This has been your WTF Thought for the Day.

(Thanks to reader Kim for the heads-up.)

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