As reported last month, Captain Jack and the rest of the team will be returning for a third season of Torchwood, putting an end to swirling rumors of the cancellation of the British science-fiction drama. At the time, a single five-episode story arc was proposed as an alternative to the usual 13-episode run. And while this was certainly confirmed to air on BB1, there was no word yet on when BBC American will run the mini-series until now.
Yesterday, BBC America finally announced the acquisition of the third season of Torchwood at the Comic-Con in San Diego.
“Captain Jack is coming back to BBC America and we can’t wait! Torchwood really represents the essence of the channel -it’s sexy, action-packed, and a little bit subversive. Clearly, our viewers love it as much as we do,” BBC Worldwide America senior vice president Richard De Croce said.
The award-winning series is expected to premiere on BBC America shortly after the U.K. premiere in the spring of 2009.
A spin-off from the 2005 revival of the long-running science-fiction program Doctor Who, Torchwood centers on the activities of the Cardiff branch of the fictional Torchwood Institute that deal mainly with incidents involving extraterrestrials. The Torchwood team is led by Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) with Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) as the “new girl” who joins up in the first episode and acts as a point-of-view character for the viewer. Additionally, the show also features Burn Gorman as Owen Harper, Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones, and Naoko Mori as Toshiko Sato.
Torchwood premiered on October 22, 2006, on BBC Three and BBC HD and received mixed reviews for its controversial characterization and portrayal of sex. The series eventually earned critical acclaim, which ensured the show a second season, as well as the highly anticipated third season.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: BBC America
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