Another season of Torchwood? It doesn’t look good.

It seems that Starz just isn’t that big of a fan of Torchwood. At the TCA Press tour, representatives from the network revealed that although they are happy with the show’s success, they may not be happy enough to renew it for another season.

The premiere of Torchwood: Miracle Day posted good ratings for Starz, but it seems the show’s future is still not secure. This year’s 10-episode season was a “large and unusual commitment” for the BBC (really?) and a renewal of the series depends on whether or not Russell T. Davies can come up with another idea that he can sell to both companies.

Torchwood is not one of the shows we went into thinking about a yearly return,” said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. “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.”

Hmmm…. it sounds like they’re trying to blame their decision on the show itself, but still saying that it’s their decision to make. Which is it then?

Honestly, I am not surprised. I haven’t been entirely happy with Starz handling of the show (including turning their noses up at certain cons that have supported the show, in the past) or how they’ve promoted it. I don’t think Starz knows how to handle something like Torchwood. But then again, maybe neither does the BBC.

I think Torchwood thrived better on BBC, as it had access to more of the core science fiction fan-base. It was also available on sites like iTunes and Amazon Video on Demand with that agreement.

2 thoughts on “Another season of Torchwood? It doesn’t look good.

  • August 21, 2011 at 12:45 am

    I agree that the Starz version of Torchwood just isn’t working out for my wife and I. We loved all the earlier Torchwood, but after 7 episodes I am just….bored. It seems that this could have easily been a 5-episode series like Children of the Earth. 

    We are considering canceling Starz on Monday and just waiting until Torchwood reaches Netflix, if it ever does.

    • August 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      Torchwood should reach Netflix 6 months after it airs on Starz, via the new agreement between the two. The series is now picking up a bit and I think there are only a few more episodes to go. We’ll see how it pans out in the end. I agree that it should have been a 5-episode series because some of the episodes have felt like nothing more than filler.

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