‘Torchwood’ Comes To America With ‘Miracle Day’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated April 28th, 2011 at 2:50 pm,

torchwood miracle day starz Torchwood Comes To America With Miracle Day

Doctor Who spin-off and sci-fi favorite Torchwood is getting a fourth series, and cable network Starz is bringing it to the US. Not only will the show get a first-run airing in the United States, but Captain Jack and his team will be working on our fair shores.

The fourth Torchwood series, subtitled Miracle Day will air on the network in July. The premise of the new series is simple and undeniably intriguing: one day, no one dies. The next day, no one dies. The next day, no one dies, and so on. Not one person expires, from causes natural or otherwise. The Earth experiences an instant and irreversible population boom.

The pilot focuses on convicted American murderer and pedophile Oswald Danes (played by Bill Pullman) who inconveniently fails to die after being given his lethal injection. CIA agent Rex Matheson (Mekhi Phifer of ER and Lie To Me) investigates Danes’ case and the worldwide emergency, leading him to the clandestine Torchwood Institute.

Much like Torchwood: Children of Earth, the fourth series of the show will play out more like a miniseries than a monster-of-the-week paranormal investigation. The season will span  ten episodes (double that of Children of Earth), all of which focus on the mystery surrounding worldwide immortality.

Check out Starz’ teaser promo below:

Starz took over Fox’s stake in Torchwood‘s production when the latter declined to reboot the show for American audiences. Marcile Day will be co-produced the American network, BBC Worldwide and BBC Cymru Wales. The majority of the series will be set in Los Angeles. The more mature nature of the show’s content, compared to Doctor Who, should play well with Starz’ adult-oriented schedule.

Since its debut in 2006, Torchwood has gained solid ratings in the UK. But the first and second season were put to shame by Children of Earth, which scored over six million viewers for all five of its sequential episodes.

In other franchise news, Doctor Who‘s same-day UK/US premiere did well in the States, scoring BBC America’s highest ratings ever. 1.26 million people tuned in for “The Impossible Astronaut“. In a strange flip, British ratings were down by 1.5 million viewers versus the 2010 opener.

Torchwood: Miracle Day premieres July 8th on Starz.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. the video won’t work for us here in the uk. annoying since its a uk show. lawls.

    • Didn’t work for us in Berlin either :-(

  2. looking forward to this, Children of Earth was incredibly creepy and powerful, it’ll be interesting to see Captain Jack and Gwen in the US, wonder what the twist will be this time and if/how this will tie in to Captain Jack’s travels amongst the stars.

  3. Dont shoot me. I tried to like this. Even tried to watch Dr. Who and I just couldnt get into it.

    I may have to peek in on this with Bill Pullman playing a murderer and pedophile as his role in Surveillance was kind of whack.

  4. Torchwood is the Xfiles on crack!

    Love this news!

  5. Mixed emotions on the “News”. It could be good, Children of Earth was a great series, but it could become horribly convoluted. IMO where most shows seem to fail is when they don’t put enough leeway in the show for an episode to stand up on it’s own as being good and interesting without relying on “context” to plug open holes in the plot. There’s absolutely nothing worse than trying to “catch up” on a show after you’ve managed to miss a couple of episodes, much less start a series in the middle and then figure out what the hell is actually going on.

  6. Season1 was on BBC3 and did so well that Season2 went to BBC2 and it did so well that it went on BBC1 where obviously it did better as it was BBC1. Hence for sure S3 got more viewers…
    At the end of the day I loved S1 and S2 and hated S3.
    As we are told now that S4 will be more on the creepy side like S3 and that Ianto Jones will not be back I for sure will not watch and stick to my S1 and S2 dvd.
    Good luck for the new viewers and be careful, don’t get attached to the characters as they will die for shock value at some point…

  7. I so love this show and have been waiting so long for this show to come back. I’ve been watching it from the start. I’m so excited for it to come back. Come on July needs to hurry and get here already.

  8. I’m a huge Doctor Who fan, and I must admit a very reluctant Torchwood fan. The first season was, in my opinion, very hard to watch, the second was better, but the show didn’t reach it’s height until Children of Earth in my opinion. Yes, yes, yes, I miss Ianto to death, everyone misses Ianto, but they weren’t afraid to take things seriously and show the real affect of death and mistakes on the characters. If that makes Torchwood far more darker and cynical than Doctor Who, so be it. Sounds like Miracle Day will be more of the same, and so I’m looking forward to it.!

  9. I personally enjoyed season’s 1 & 2 more than 3 even though 3 had a more grand scale and epic feel to it. I can see that Miracle Day will just be season 3 stretched out longer, but I’m uncertain how they’ll do that over 10 episodes. children of earth was almost feeling a *bit* long, and I’m also concerned that bringing it to America will water down some of the feeling taht it got from British television.

    but i hope i’m wrong.

  10. So the US audience get to see trailers and the UK audience does not? What a slap in the face to all of us loyal UK Torchwood fans.

    Shame on you Torchwood makers.

  11. ohh i have saw each episode so many times, watch it in a loop all the time, cant wait until july, i neeeeed to see it sometime soon, soo july…. Hurry up

  12. I love Torchwood, and I live in the States. I’ve been watching it since series 1, then again, I’m obsessed with Dr. Who as well. That being said, I love the fact Torchwood is back. Yet, the channel it will be on, I don’t know ANYBODY that has it.. the channel cost about 20-30$ MORE a month in addition to my regular cable package since it’s a “premium” station. I think this is bad news for viewership, because how many people actually have this channel? I think it should stay on BBCA for US viewers.