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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11 TV Shows I Enjoyed in 2011

Doctor Who

After posting thoughts about 11 movies I loved and loathed in 2011, I realized I should do the same thing for TV shows. This isn’t a list about “quality” TV – although all the shows on this list are well-made – these are the shows that I enjoyed watching; felt like rushing home to watch; or was willing to actually program the DVR to see. These are the shows I liked the most. These are my opinions, and I feel comfortable with them.
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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 poster

Now this is the kind of poster that makes a person want to watch TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY…

Even if you had no idea what TORCHWOOD was about, this poster looks pretty exciting, even though nothing is really happening. That’s Capt. Jack Harness, played by John Barrowman, looking mighty unhappy that he’s no longer the only immortal in town. And, judging by the palm trees in the background, that town is Los Angeles, not Cardiff, Wales. (However, I’m sure that no one else is a fixed point in time! So he has that going for him. Which is nice…)

Bonus: Alexa Havins, formerly Babe on ALL MY CHILDREN, made the poster. Not her image, of course, but her name. Which is interesting, because her character, Esther, is sometimes left out of synopses of the series. For instance, this one, from 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.

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.

TORCHWOOD: Set photos

Yep, that’s Torchwood 3’s Gwen and Rhys confronting PC Andy in TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY!

SFX is the place to see 10 behind-the-scenes pics from filming of the fourth TORCHWOOD series. They feature John Barrowman as Captain Jack, Eve Myles as Gwen, Kai Owen as Rhys, Mekhi Phifer as Rex and Tom Price as PC Andy.

My question at this early point in production: Which characters will survive bloodthirsty creator Russell T Davies’ story this time? CHILDREN OF EARTH cost us Ianto, while Tosh and Owen bought it in series 2. (Also, will PC Andy finally be detailed to Torchwood this series?)

T:MD is filming in the United States and Wales concurrently, and set to premiere on July 1 in both the USA on Starz and BBC1 in the UK.