Captain Jack is back! No, we’re not talking about Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, we’re referring to Jack Harkness from “Torchwood.” He’s the main character on the popular sci-fi series, who travels back in time to spearhead a renegade criminal investigation group that hunts down extraterrestrial and supernatural threats. For those of you who thought you’d seen seen the last of Jack and his misfits, relax because the Starz cable network just bought the U.S. TV rights to the show!
Starz will be taking over for BBC America who aired the previous “Torchwood” seasons, where it earned solid numbers. With this new distribution deal, a 10-episode cycle is slated to air in summer 2011 on both Starz (in the U.S.) and BBC One (in the UK). The network says that we can expect a “more explosive and global story” with the new season, and they plan to “take advantage of the unlimited narrative opportunities of a premium television service like Starz.”
It sounds like they want to up the language and sexual content. With shows like “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” on their roster it’s not shocking that they want their latest program to follow suit. Whatever they do, we hope it’s not too extreme because “Torchwood is an awesome series that doesn’t need its story drowned out by gratuitous content.
Stars John Barrowman and Eve Myles are slated to return for next season as well as creator Russell T. Davies, who will reprise his role as executive producer and showrunner for the series.
What do you think of Starz taking on Torchwood? Is this a good or a bad move?