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