Fox Walks Away From U.S. Version of Torchwood

You can exhale now, Torchwood fans — Fox Broadcasting Company has pulled the plug on its plans for a U.S. version of the U.K. sci-fi series. However, BBC Worldwide Productions insists an American remake is still “very much ongoing and very much alive.”

“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 reported by The Live Feed. “We are currently in discussion with several interested networks.”

Announced in January, the U.S. adaptation features a script by original series creator Russell T. Davies, and executive producers Julie Gardner (former head of drama for BBC Wales) and Jane Tranter (a BBC veteran who oversaw the resurrection of Doctor Who) — all of which offers some comfort to fans anxious about what changes Torchwood might undergo in its trip across the Atlantic. There’s also talk that John Barrowman might reprise his role as Captain Jack Harkness.

A spin-off of Doctor Who, Torchwood — an anagram of “Doctor Who” — debuted in 2006 on BBC Three. It focuses on the Cardiff, Wales, branch of the Torchwood Institute, an organization established by Queen Victoria to defend the Earth against extraterrestrial threats. The series’ third, and to date final, season premiered on BBC One in July 2009. The show was broadcast in the United States on BBC America.

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