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oh thank the gods: Fox says no to American ‘Torchwood’

We dodged a bullet. Fox — known mostly for killing innovative science fiction such as Firefly (The X-Files would never have survived on Fox today) — has passed on a redo of the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood (via the Hollywood Reporter blog The Live Feed):

Fox has decided not to pursue a U.S. version of the UK cult hit. The network was developing a stateside version of the “Doctor Who” spinoff, a prospect which divided fans.

“BBC Worldwide Productions and the FOX Broadcasting Company have mutually agreed not to progress together with a 13-episode serialized ‘Torchwood’ format,” said BBC Worldwide in a statement.

But wait: We’re not clear yet. That BBC Worldwide statement continues:

“We are currently in discussion with several interested networks.”

As to that last part, BBC Worldwide executive vp of programming and production Jane Tranter reiterated that a U.S. version was still making progress.

“It’s very much ongoing and very much alive,” Tranter said.

Ugh. Why not just air proper-Torchwood on NBC?

(Thanks to reader Clay for being the first to send me this news.)



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