Saturn Awards Relish Torchwood, Diss the Doctor

DOCTOR WHO

The nominations for the 38thAnnual Saturn Awards were just announced, and while I was glad to see a lot of love for TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY, I was shocked that DOCTOR WHO garnered only one measly nomination — and that for best youth-oriented series.

Now, I’m not going to reopen the age-old question of whether DOCTOR WHO is really a children’s program; it was created to be one, but quickly morphed into something entirely different — something truly sui generis. And, to the Saturns’ credit, judging by the competition, “youth-oriented” here refers to teen-agers, not toddlers.
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The 38th Annual Saturn Awards Nominations

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced its nominations for the 38th Annual Saturn Awards, bestowing the most accolades – 10 – on the films Hugo and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. In the television category, BREAKING BAD somewhat inexplicably lead the pack with six nominations, edging AMERICAN HORROR STORY’s five.

The television category was a real head-scratcher because I have no good understanding of why BREAKING BAD (a show I love, by the way), LEVERAGE (which I do not love) and THE KILLING are in this competition. I guess they are all fantasies because…um, they’re made up?

The awards will be passed out on June 20 in Burbank, Calif. The complete list of nominees in film and television follows after the cut.
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Bill Pullman’s No-Miracle Day

I don’t want to bore people by going off on another awards-season rant here, but today I am gritting my teeth with rage over the Hollywood Foreign Press Association‘s announcement of its Golden Globe nominations — specifically, the failure to acknowledge the splendid job Bill Pullman did playing Oswald Danes in the Starz miniseries TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY. When I was watching the 10-part British/American co-production this summer, I was certain that Pullman would vacuum up all the awards for his shattering work. But I was wrong, and I’m pretty upset about it.
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TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY – the first teaser

Hey, check it out! Follow this link to the first teaser trailer for TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY! at least it sounds interesting…

Well, this really is just a tease! Nobody knows much about what happens in this series, which is pretty remarkable in this modern age of the spoiler. All anybody knows is that one, everyone stops dying; not a single human being on the planet Earth dies. This is not as good as it sounds. After watching this non-spoilery clip, we barely know much more than that. However, we do catch mention of the last death on Earth…

Here’s how the Starz TORCHWOOD Web site describes the series:

One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging — they get hurt and sick — but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight. With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four month’s time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?” he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever.

TORCHWOOD, premiering July 8, stars John Barrowman (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) as Captain Jack Harkness, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, Mekhi Phifer (ER) as Rex Matheson and Bill Pullman (Independence Day) as Oswald Danes.