Bill Pullman Joins Torchwood

By Tim Surette

Dec 16, 2010

... Game over, man! Oh wait, that's Bill Paxton. The U.S. adaptation of Torchwood, the little sci-fi show that could, just picked up some heavy firepower. Bill Pullman, Independence Day's alien-ass-kickin' presidente, has joined the cast as a regular. Pullman will play a murderer who gets off "on a technicality and quickly becomes a media sensation." Ooooookay. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Jessica Alba is jumping on the Twitter-to-TV-show trend and developing a show with CBS that's based on the Twitter feed and life of Kelly Oxford, a stay-at-home mom. A sample Tweet: "I've been to two U2 concerts. Not really a fan, I just like to feel like I'm in a really long Coke commercial." Jessica, you look awesome in a bikini, but please do not produce television shows. [NY Mag]

... History Channel found a way to boost its audience by a whopping 35 percent: Fill the schedule with reality programs! Ax Men and Pawn Stars have helped the historically historical channel reap record ratings this year. Why do cable stations even try to be niche if they're all going to end up cluttered with reality programs in the end? [LA Times]

... Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry has often toyed with the idea of leaving the hit show to start a new one, and now it looks like he's one step closer to doing just that. Cherry is developing Hallelujah at ABC, a drama about a small town that is "being torn apart by the forces of good and evil"... until a stranger shows up and helps the town regain its faith. [Variety]

... True Blood has made two more casting decisions: Dane DeHaan (In Treatment) will play one of the troubled teens that Jason Stackhouse takes care of, and Rebecca Wisocky will play Queen Mab. [Deadline Hollywood]

... AMC is riding the wave of period piece revivals, but will go even further back in time than its competitors. While everyone else putzes around the 1900's, AMC's Hell on Wheels will be set during the 1860s and focus on the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. [Deadline Hollywood]

... PaleyFest, Hollywood's new love fest for television, is coming up in March and this year has two sweet reunions. Judd Apatow's cult favorites Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared will both be featured in a reunion panel. That could mean Jason Segal, James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Charlie Hunnam will be on the stage at the same time. Also getting panels this year: The Walking Dead, True Blood, and American Idol. [Some Paley Center press release]

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  • BoobTubeMania Dec 20, 2010

    Can't wait for Torchwood to be back, although, I'm still mad as hell over Ianto.
    That Jessica Alba thing sounds just awful!! Much love to True Blood .

  • PatouGravitul Dec 18, 2010

    I still think they should bring back Ianto Jones to Torchwood.

  • saxyroro Dec 17, 2010

    Torchwood = Any decent casting equals sold. Especially Bill Pullman. I should have tolf my buddy it was Paxton and he would've gone ape.

  • staind47 Dec 17, 2010

    Why even call it the history channel anymore? And the Jessica Alba thing sounds awful.

  • W0NK042 Dec 17, 2010

    It's not an adaptation/remake you idiots. Series 4 is being recorded in the US because that's where it's set.

  • mmm122 Dec 16, 2010

    It's not a US adaption. It's a continuation. Three of the episodes still take place in Cardiff. At least.

  • Whedonrules Dec 16, 2010

    The "Torchwood" Season 4 cast is shaping up nicely. I just hope Gwen's baby doesn't end up an enormous distraction. Is there room for children on "Torchwood"? Starz is doing drama well now so not worried. They did the sprawling epic mini series "Pillars of the Earth" and "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" which was the best drama on television last year and completely ignored at awards time because Emmy only honors shows that fit a certain mold (usually outdated and unoriginal). This network seems to have a knack at great casting as well so not worried at all about "Torchwood". (As long as they figure out how to bring back James Marsters "Capt. John Hart" because he is completely wasted on "Hawaii 5-0")

  • RickC21 Dec 16, 2010

    Call me crazy, but I was under the impression that Torchwood was set up to monitor the rift (which was in Cardiff, originating from a Dr.Who episode)? So....what the F are they going to do here? Sounds like they just want to make a Fringe rip-off on Starz so it can also have nudity and swearing. And I'm betting Capt Harkness and Gwen only show up like every once in a blue moon.

  • fatfreeoreos Dec 16, 2010

    I have a bad feeling about the Torchwood remake.

  • KevinG87 Dec 16, 2010

    I thought you were talking about Bill Paxton too at first. ha. I don't see what a murderer has to do with aliens, Torchwood, and the Doctor Who universe? Hope us Americans don't ruin the show now that Starz is part of it. The Jessica Alba twitter thing is horrible, and AMC's new show doesn't interest me

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