Bill Pullman Joins Torchwood

... 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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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 .
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I still think they should bring back Ianto Jones to Torchwood.
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Torchwood = Any decent casting equals sold. Especially Bill Pullman. I should have tolf my buddy it was Paxton and he would've gone ape.
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Why even call it the history channel anymore? And the Jessica Alba thing sounds awful.
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It's not an adaptation/remake you idiots. Series 4 is being recorded in the US because that's where it's set.
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It's not a US adaption. It's a continuation. Three of the episodes still take place in Cardiff. At least.
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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")
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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.
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I have a bad feeling about the Torchwood remake.
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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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sweet for true blood, and worried for torchwood, that is going to be a flop.
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It is NOT a "U.S. adaptation of Torchwood." It is the fourth season of Torchwood, complete with John Barrowman and Eve Myles, set in the United States. Quit printing that line about "U.S. adaptation," as it's incredibly misleading and it tends to freak fans out.
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Awesome news about TORCHWOOD, iD4 is my favourite movie of all time thanks in part to BP and I think he'll fit in well with John and the rest of the cast, I just hoped they change his character from a paedophile to straight out murderer that would be much easier to follow.
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usa version of torchwood? i've seen the original torchwood all 3 seasons and it's pretty good but i don't know how well a american version will work... the only americanized series from the uk i thought was really well done was "worst week"
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I can't believe they are making another twitter comedy....... and that people will probably watch it.
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