Starz picks up British show "Torchwood"

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - British cult TV favorite “Torchwood” is getting a U.S. upgrade courtesy of Starz.

The premium cable outlet will share production costs on the show’s upcoming season in exchange for domestic distribution rights.

The 10-episode run will debut on BBC One and Starz next summer and take on a more international scope. The bulk of the story will shift from the U.K. to North America, and key U.S. actors will join the cast. Stars John Barrowman and Eve Myles will return.

The show chronicles a group that keeps Britain safe from hostile aliens, and is led by an immortal named Captain Jack (Barrowman). The most recent edition was a five-episode miniseries titled “Children of Earth.”

Like “Children of Earth,” but unlike the show’s two previous seasons, the international edition of “Torchwood” will be serialized rather than using the show’s original “monster of the week” format.

“It’s not a new version, it’s not a reboot,” creator Russell T. Davies said. “It’s not going to be ‘Lost’ and take 20 years to find out what’s going on. It’s going to have a most remarkable conclusion after 10 episodes.”

“Torchwood” previously aired in the U.S. on BBC America. The idea of boosting “Torchwood” into a co-production with a major network partner was previously developed at Fox, which recently passed on the project.

Along with its freshman hit “Spartacus,” the upcoming “Camelot” series and its “Pillars of the Earth” miniseries, Starz is carving out a niche as a genre-friendly network.