'Torchwood' might not get renewed anytime soon

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Starz’s Torchwood may have delivered strong reviews and solid ratings, but fans shouldn’t expect the network to renew the Brit import anytime soon.

Before stepping before reporters at TV critics tour, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht told EW he doesn’t envision the cult favorite as an annual event. The show’s 10-episode order was a large and unusual commitment for Torchwood partner BBC, he pointed out, and he hinged the pickup more on whether creator Russell T Davies comes up with a great new idea that can work for both partners.

Torchwood is not one of the show we went into thinking about a yearly return,” Albrecht said moments later to critics. “It’s about Russell T Davies … he has a lot of things on his plate. If Torchwood is at the top of his list, that will effect the future of Torchwood.”

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  • Ripley

    Torchwood will be back when they’re good and ready. And we’ll be right here, waiting anxiously.

  • Eric P

    I’m watching for Gwen, Jack and Rhys. The new characters i don’t care for. They should’ve kept it in the UK where it belongs… Don’t get me wrong i still love it as long as it’s around i will watch.

    • Kezza

      Me, too, Eric.

    • sazzy

      i agree bring back old Torchwood asap to save our loved show !

  • Staci

    Ugh, Starz.

    • Joey

      You should read the article. “Starz’s Torchwood may have delivered strong reviews and solid ratings” “It’s about Russell T Davies … he has a lot of things on his plate. If Torchwood is at the top of his list, that will effect the future of Torchwood.””

      • ikagirl

        @Joey You’re right, no one seems to have read the article. It’s up to RTD. But for now, I’m enjoying it. Even has John Shiban and Jane Espensen writing, and Greg Nicotero for effects.

      • Marie

        Strong ratings? It’s already dropped 11%!

  • KeeKeeDee

    That sucks.

  • filmboym

    that’s because starz wouldn’t know a good thing if it bit them in the ass….

  • Duane S

    Go back to the UK they were better shows and funny

    • Mace Moneta

      Agreed. They definitely lost something in translation.

  • Doctor Who Fan

    Well guess I won’t have to renew my Starz subcripition any time soon after the end of Miracle Day.

  • bonanified

    i liked it in the beginning – first season. sucked on starz. didn’t like it at all. the show tanked big time.

  • googie

    It’s horrible. I WATCHED 2 EPS AND I’M OUT!

  • not from here

    Their loss. I was about to cancel Starz when I heard they were picking up Torchwood. I guess I have an excuse now.

  • Callie

    Starz may not see anything from it but it’s a great series so BBC will definitely keep it around meaning they cab start airing it on BBC America so I don’t have to pay an extra $$ with a stupid starz subscription

  • Flip

    Ugh, it should be on every year for a 13 episode season.

  • Carlotta

    Maybe if you would commit to future seasons, it would gather a bigger cult audience, Starz.

    Hint: It’s like gathering any TV audience. If you commit, you get fans to commit.

    • Kezza

      I couldn’t agree more, Carlotta.

  • Andy

    Eh That’s how it works in the UK. Often years can go by between TV seasons(series in the UK) and then when a show comes back it’s for a miniscule number of episodes. The best show I’ve seen in years from the BBC is last year’s “Sherlock” and it only ran for 3 episodes. There are times that I wish that US producers and networks would take a page from the BBC’s handbook and NOT have 22+ episodes of a given show a season/ It would certainly cut down on the “filler” episodes that so many US series have.

    • Fido

      Maybe 22 eps is too long for some series, but a 3 ep micro-series is just pathetic.

      • diachenko

        Yes, but they were each about 90 minutes. So it actually works out to a more conventional 5-6 episode season if you look at the time devoted to the season. And that’s more in keeping with many Brit series.

      • pastafarian

        Sounds like what we understand to be a miniseries.

    • Jeannie

      Honestly I prefer the longer US seasons, for example why would I bother buying a 13 episode Doctor Who DVD for $70+? It’s a bit of a rip-off to the fans who have to wait all year for 6 episodes, then have a month long break before more episodes roll around. Honestly who’s working harder there, the Yankees or the Brits?

      But 22+ is like Andy said, with too much filler. maybe keep it to 15-20 episodes?

      • Omar

        Really? 13 episodes for $70 is a rip-off? that’s six and a half feature films. For seventy bucks. average new movie is 15-20. do the math.

      • AB

        Not every single one of those 13 episodes is a quality one. There’s filler in those 13 too, so yes, it is a rip off. For example, last year’s “Vincent and the Doctor” episode of Doctor Who was horrible and pointless.

      • Fingerlakes Dave

        @AB: Speak for yourself.
        And the Vincent episode set up the exploding T.A.R.D.I.S. painting in a later episode

  • vj

    I’ve been a fan of Torchwood for years and Starz would be a fool for letting this go. With Torchwood and Spartacus, this station might become destination
    worthy. They need something people are watching to build a “brand”.

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