Exclusive Interview: Julie Gardner and the Future of TORCHWOOD – Part 2

BBC Worldwide's Julie Gardner | ©2011 BBC

Julie Gardner one of the executive producers on TORCHWOOD, has always been a fan of its parent series DOCTOR WHO. So when she and Russell T Davies brought WHO back in 2005, it was a dream come true. The pair then went on to create the successful spins of THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES and TORCHWOOD. TORCHWOOD MIRACLE DAY has finished airing now, but our exclusive interview with Gardner continues as she tells ASSIGNMENT X a bit about the future of the series, and responds to criticism the series has gotten for portraying homosexual relationships. ASSIGNMENT X: So at San Diego […]Read On »

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TV Review: TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY – “The Blood Line” – Review #2 – Season Finale

Lauren Ambrose in TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY | ©2011 BBC Worldwide Limited

Stars: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Kai Owen, Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose, Candace Brown, Sharon Morgan, William Thomas, Marina Benedict, Paul James, John De Lancie, Tom Price, Teddy Sears, Frances Fisher Writer: Jane Espenson and Russell T. Davies Director:  Billy Gierhart Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: September 9, 2011 The latest TORCHWOOD series MIRACLE DAY has drawn to a close at last with “The Blood Line”. I’m not sure how I feel about it. I have very mixed emotions involving not only the wrap-up of the series, but also about various character’s fates and plotlines […]Read On »

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In Memoriam: SPARTACUS star Andy Whitfield passes away at 39 – plus an excerpt from one of his final press interviews

Andy Whitfield in SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND - Season 1 | ©2010 Starz

It’s always tough to hear about the passing of an actor from a beloved TV series or movie, but when that person is as young as Andy Whitfield, it makes things all the more tragic. The 39-year old actor best known for playing Spartacus in the hit Starz series SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma cancer 18 months ago which delayed the start of Season 2 of the series. He went through treatment, but it went into remission and returned. Ultimately, he lost this battle and passed away on Sunday in his home of Sydney, Australia leaving […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Julie Gardner on the Evolution of TORCHWOOD – Part 1

John Barrowman in TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY - "The New World" | ©2011 BBC Worldwide Limited

Julie Gardner is a name that most DOCTOR WHO and TORCHWOOD fans are familiar with. She is one of the people directly responsible for the resurrection of the WHO franchise in 2005, and the subsequent spin-offs TORCHWOOD and THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES. Gardner’s list of series she has been involved with is as extensive as the awards she has won for her work in television. In 2009 Gardner relocated to Los Angeles to become the Senior Vice President of Scripted television for BBC Worldwide Productions. She and WHO producing partner Russell T Davies have continued to create new television, and […]Read On »

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TV Review: TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY – “The Blood Line” – Review #1 – Season Finale

Eve Myles and John Barrowman in TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY | ©2011 BBC Worldwide Limited

Stars: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Kai Owen, Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose, Candace Brown, Sharon Morgan, William Thomas, Marina Benedict, Paul James, John De Lancie, Tom Price, Teddy Sears, Frances Fisher Writer: Jane Espenson and Russell T. Davies Director:  Billy Gierhart Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: September 9, 2011 In the tenth and final episode of the all-new BBC/Starz co-production of TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY, “The Blood Line,” the mission to track down the Blessing in Shanghai and Buenos Aires runs into complications. Betrayal comes from without and within, Rex (Mekhi Phifer) and Esther (Alexa Havins) […]Read On »

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TV Review: TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY – “The Gathering” – Review #2

Alexa Havins, John Barrowman, and Eve Myles in TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY | ©2011 BBC Worldwide Limited

Stars: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Kai Owen, Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose, Arlene Tur, Jonathan Spencer, Frederick Koehler, Jason Brooks, Tom Price, Marc Vann, William Thomas, Ciera Payton, G. Lane Hillman, Lena Kaur, Liz Jenkins, Ernie Hudson Writer: John Fey Director:  Guy Ferland Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: September 2, 2011 It’s been an interesting ride for the BBC Worldwide and Starz co-production of TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY, and as we head into the home stretch with the ninth (of ten) episode “The Gathering” some things get explained and still more questions are raised. First off […]Read On »

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TV Review: TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY – “The Gathering” – Review #1

Lauren Ambrose in TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY | ©2011 BBC Worldwide Limited

Stars: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Kai Owen, Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose, Sharon Morgan, William Thomas, Marina Benedict, John De Lancie, Paul James, Teddy Sears, Frances Fisher Writer: John Fay Director:  Guy Ferland Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: September 2, 2011 In the ninth episode of the all-new BBC/Starz co-production of TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY, “The Gathering,” the Torchwood team finds itself making an unlikely and uneasy alliance with Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman) as they begin to piece together the truth behind the Families and the Blessing. A mission to two locations on opposite sides of […]Read On »

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TV Review: TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY – “End of the Road” – Review #2

Alexa Havins in TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY | ©2011 BBC Worldwide Limited

Stars: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Kai Owen, Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose, Arlene Tur, Jonathan Spencer, Frederick Koehler, Jason Brooks, Tom Price, Marc Vann, William Thomas, Ciera Payton, G. Lane Hillman, Lena Kaur, Liz Jenkins, Ernie Hudson Writer: Teleplay by Jane Espenson & Ryan Scott, Story by Ryan Scott Director:  Gwyneth Horder-Payton Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: August 26, 2011 One of the last three episodes of the BBC Worldwide and Starz co-production of TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY and the ball is still rolling and gradually picking up steam. Last week’s episode was one of the […]Read On »

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TV Review: TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY – “End of the Road” – Review #1

John De Lancie and Mekhi Phifer in TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY | ©2011 BBC Worldwide Limited

Stars: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Kai Owen, Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose, Candace Brown, Sharon Morgan, Marina Benedict, John De Lancie, Wayne Knight, Paul James, Teddy Sears, Nana Visitor Writer: Ryan Scott and Jane Espenson Director:  Gwyneth Horder-Payton Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: August 26, 2011 In the eighth episode of the all-new BBC/Starz co-production of TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY, “End of the Road,” Jack (John Barrowman) is reunited with a long-lost love that may have discovered a way to defeat the Miracle, Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman) learns of his intended fate and lashes out at […]Read On »

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TV Review: TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY – “Immortal Sins” – Review #2

Eve Myles in TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY | ©2011 BBC Worldwide Limited

Stars: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Kai Owen, Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose, Arlene Tur, Jonathan Spencer, Frederick Koehler, Jason Brooks, Tom Price, Marc Vann, William Thomas, Ciera Payton, G. Lane Hillman, Lena Kaur, Liz Jenkins, Ernie Hudson Writer: Jane Espenson Director:  Gwyneth Horder-Payton Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: August 19, 2011 The latest episode of TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY should have been titled “Redemption”. This is where things finally move forward towards our inevitable conclusion, which is odd, because it really feels like a lot of what we spent time watching in the middle doesn’t  really […]Read On »

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