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Watch the New Torchwood Teaser, Ponder What Would Happen If No One Died... Ever (VIDEO)

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One of the more interesting business partnerships to come about in the last year is the one between the BBC and American premium-cable outlet Starz. The two networks have put their heads (and wallets) together for the fourth season of Torchwood, the popular Doctor Who spin-off/anagram. Torchwood: Miracle Day premieres July 8 on Starz (the BBC airing schedule is yet to be announced), and the network has released a new teaser for it.

Though I've never seen Torchwood (feel free to tell me how stupid I am), the premise of Miracle Day makes me want to jump on-board, pronto. The concept of the planet seeing its population only tick up is two-fold: For one, hooray! Grandma Jones is going to live to see her 100th birthday! But, her primo apartment is never going to be available for rent. Add that to the chain reaction of depleted natural resources, overall congestion, and an increase in gross elbow-touching on public transportation, and you see how this "Miracle Day" is actually one of the worst things that can happen to our rock.

We've yet to see any real footage from the series, but we do know this: Torchwood players John Barrowman, Eve Myles, and Kai Owen are reprising their roles, and Lauren Ambrose, Mekhi Phifer, and Bill Pullman are all joining the cast. Pullman's character is especially intriguing; he's a high-profile convicted murderer who survives his death sentence because of Earth's unusual new no-death policy. Set for guest appearances are Dichen Lachman, Ernie Hudson, C. Thomas Howell (he's still alive?), and Wayne Knight.

Though Miracle Day is technically the series' fourth season, its being primed as a reboot of the series to introduce American audiences to Torchwood while simultaneously moving things forward for longtime fans. Which brings me to my next question: Are those of you who are longtime fans worried about the quality of Miracle Day? Or do you think it will help the series overall?

Follow writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

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