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Captain Jack Harkness in Desperate Housewives

Posted by LiveFor on April 17, 2010

I knew it was happening but here is Torchwood’s John Barrowman in Desperate Housewives. Never thought I’d have pics from that show on the site, but I do like Torchwood and my Mum and Wife do like a bit of Barrowman.

Apparently Angie (Drea De Mateo) has been on the run and hiding her son from evil ex, Patrick Logan (John Barrowman). Now you know. Would be great if they actually tied it into Torchwood and it was Captain Jack in deep cover.

I wonder if Barrowman will manage to find a way to kiss a bloke in the series. He usually does!

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Torchwood – Fox developing US version and John Barrowman may star

Posted by LiveFor on January 20, 2010

Not sure how I feel about the news that THR recently posted.

The project is from BBC Worldwide Prods., with original series creator Russell Davies writing the script.

A more straight-faced spinoff of “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” is about a covert group that investigates and fights alien activity. Two series aired domestically on BBC America as well as last year’s well reviewed stand-alone miniseries, “Children of Earth,” which broke all ratings records for the network. (If you’re a fan of serious sci fi such as “Battlestar Galatica” and haven’t seen “Children of Earth,” rent it. You don’t need to know anything about the series. And I know the previews for “Torchwood” can look silly. Trust me, it’s terrific. Like “24” with aliens).

Unlike U.S. adaptations that have gone awry, “Torchwood” fans can take comfort that the original producing team is on board. In addition to Davies, exec producers include Davies’ producing partner Julie Gardner (former head of drama at BBC Wales for the show’s first season) and Jane Tranter (another BBC vet, now exec VP programming and production at BBC Worldwide Prods. in the U.S.).

Also, some of the current cast — most likely John Barrowman, who plays the immortal Capt. Jack Harkness — might star if Fox orders “Torchwood” to pilot.

As for the new show’s plot, the U.S. version will contain a global story line compared to the more localized sensibility of the first two BBC seasons.
Tranter might try to reboot “Doctor Who” for U.S. audiences while departing “Doctor Who” star David Tennant stars in NBC’s pilot “Rex Is Not Your Lawyer.” “Torchwood” (which is an anagram of “Doctor Who”) debuted in 2006 on BBC 3 and set ratings records, then was moved to BBC 1. Russell also reinvented “Doctor Who” in 2003 and was writer-creator of the series “Queer as Folk.”

I am really hoping that this is not going to be a reboot of Torchwood, but instead be the next instalment of the Torchwood tale. After the devastatingly amazing Children of Earth it would be a shame if they just go back to the beginning. I am assuming it will be a follow on with a more global feel as having Barrowman back as Captain Jack and Russell T Davis writing it certainly seems that way. Imagine what they could do with a US sized TV budget.

However, one of the main character points of Captain Jack Harkness is his omnisexuality and that he will sleep with just about anything and anyone – in the UK version his main relationship was with a man, Ianto Jones. Would Fox be comfortable with keeping that aspect of the show?

As for the possible Americanised reboot of Doctor Who well I am just not sure about that at all. Maybe it is just me but I always feel as if Doctor Who is a very British kind of thing. The TARDIS is a very British police box and the Paul McGann Doctor was set in America for his one fateful visual outing and that wasn’t too hot. Is it just me? What do any American readers think about the news? If there was an American version of the Doctor who could play him / her? What on earth would the TARDIS be in that version?

How do you feel about Torchwood going global? Would you be okay with a totally new version or would you want it to carry on from the miniseries? How is it going to effect the UK version if Captain Jack is in the States?

Just imagine if Torchwood or the Doctor had cameos in Fringe, Lost, Flash Forward etc.

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Christopher Eccleston to play John Lennon in Beatles break-up film

Posted by LiveFor on November 30, 2009

We’ve had Beatles Rock Band, the original albums reissued and a film about John Lennon’s early years (Nowhere Boy).

Now Variety report that the turbulent and often tragic life of John Lennon is to be the subject of another British film.

In the latest biopic, commissioned by BBC Four, Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who, Heroes, Our Friends in the North, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra) plays the rock star in Naked Lennon.

The film highlights the years from 1967 to 1971 when the Beatle was ending his first marriage to Cynthia as Yoko Ono entered his life, coping with the death of manager Brian Epstein and the group’s own messy and acrimonious disintegration.

Also featured are Naoko Mori, whose credits include “Torchwood” and “Absolutely Fabulous,” who plays Ono, and seasoned British thesp Rory Kinnear as Epstein.

Other cast members include Claudie Blakley, who featured in the BBC period drama “Cranford,” as Cynthia Lennon, and Irish actor Andrew Scott as Paul McCartney.

Could be interesting, but not sure on Eccleston as Lennon? Do you think he will be able to be the Working Class Hero?

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Torchwood’s John Barrowman does Beyonce’s Single Ladies

Posted by LiveFor on November 15, 2009

That’s right, Captain Jack Harkness, lover of musical theatre and wannabe Captain America, John Barrowman. Take it away John.

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Captain Jack as Captain America

Posted by LiveFor on July 30, 2009

The Avengers film draws ever closer and we have our Iron Man, Thor, Nick Fury, and a few others. However, there is still no news on who will play Captain America.

Worryingly Will Smith’s name keeps getting bandied about. Don’t get me wrong, I like a bit of Big Willy stylee (hmm a dodgy sentence if ever there was one!) but they should stick with the Steve Rogers set out in the comic. However, another actor, who would agree with the sentiments of my previous sentence but in a whole different way, has said they’d like to give it a go.

During the BBC “Torchwood: Children of Earth” mini-series panel at Comic-Con last weekend, actor John Barrowman revealed that he would like the chance play Captain America in The First Avenger: Captain America and The Avengers films.

“You know what I want to play? Captain America,” he said to the wildly receptive crowd, before adding that it “so won’t happen.”

Barrowman plays the fixed point in time, Captain Jack Harkness and is pretty good at it.

The question is would he make a good Cap? To be honest I think he would. He’s got the looks (my wife and mother love him as do many other men and women), he’s a bit of an unknown for the mainstream audience (only fans of TV sci-fi, musical theatre and 1980’s Saturday Morning Kids TV would know him) which would make them buy into him as the character rather than as a big name playing a part. Although Kevin Feige has said they are looking for a star with international appeal.

Of course, there would be none of the shenanigans that Captain Jack gets up to if he took on the role of Steve Rogers.

I seriously doubt that this will come to pass or that he will even make it to an audition, just one of those things that the Comic Con throws up once in a while. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there are people working away on making vids and pics of Barrowman as Captain America right now.

Would Barrowman be a good Captain America?

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Torchwood – Children of Earth – What did you think?

Posted by LiveFor on July 6, 2009

BBC 1 had the first episode of the new Torchwood series Children of Earth. It was an hour long and it is on all week for a total of 5 episodes.

I thought it was brilliant. It had a great hook, lots of character building, twists, turns and cliffhangers. I won’t go into anymore detail here, but I am curious as to what you all thought of it.

It’s now up to you to post your thoughts, theories, views, ideas, rants, good bits, bad bits, is John Barrowman to good looking to live etc in the comments below.

The comments can contain spoilers so you have been warned. You can watch the first episode on BBC iPlayer.

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Torchwood: Children of Earth – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on June 17, 2009

An ordinary day becomes a world of terror, as every single child in the world stops. A message is sent to all the governments of Earth: “We are coming”.

But as a trap closes around Captain Jack, sins of the past are returning, as long-forgotten events from 1965 threaten to reveal an awful truth.

In one epic story, told over five episodes, the new series promises to be Torchwood’s greatest adrenalin-fuelled, high-octane adventure to date. As they battle against the odds, do they stand a chance of saving humankind?

I do like the look of this. What are your thoughts?

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Dr. Who in Torchwood and the TARDIS gets a facelift

Posted by LiveFor on June 13, 2009

During a preview last night of the all-five-episodes-in-a-week new season of Torchwood: Children of Earth , Russell T Davies talked about future plans for the team and the Doctor.

Davies wants more Torchwood/Doctor Who spinoffs, but would only be drawn to a mention of the Doctor in the last episode of the new Torchwood series. Though he will appear in the upcoming third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

A fourth series of Torchwood is in pre-production but has not yet been greenlit. Russell has no plans to leave Torchwood – that’s if it gets a fourth series. The reception to the third series will determine that.

The TARDIS is getting a more retro look in the fifth series and that the Eleventh Doctor played by Matt Smith, will be facing Daleks in his very first episode.

Source: Bleeding Cool

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Torchwood: Children of Earth teaser trailer

Posted by LiveFor on May 1, 2009

1965: Twelve children are gathered on a deserted moor, before being surrounded by a harsh, bright light …. and then they are gone! Today: all over Earth, children stop moving. Stop playing, stop laughing. Then, as one, they begin to speak with the same voice, announcing the imminent arrival of a new alien threat. “We are coming….” As the British government closes ranks, it issues a death warrant against Captain Jack and Torchwood…
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Torchwood: Children of Earth Official Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on February 9, 2009


In one epic story told over five nights the new series, to be broadcast on BBC One (UK) and BBC AMERICA (U.S.) later this year, promises to be Torchwood’s greatest adrenalin-fueled, high octane adventure yet.

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