'Torchwood's' John Barrowman says show is being 'punished'

Johnbarrowman_torchwood_290 The BBC is selling the upcoming "Torchwood: Children of Earth" miniseries as a TV event. Series star John Barrowman doesn't believe the hype.

Barrowman, who plays Capt. Jack Harkness on the "Doctor Who" spinoff, believes that the five-episode miniseries -- which will air Monday to Friday next week in the United Kingdom and later in July in the United States -- is in fact a punishment after two successful seasons that each ran for 13 episodes.

"The five episodes, the miniseries as I call it, are incredible --- I have no doubt about that --- but personally, I felt like we were being punished," Barrowman tells the U.K. magazine Radio Times. "Other shows move from BBC3 and 2 to 1, and they don't get cut. So why are we? It felt like every time we moved we had to prove ourselves."

The show has proved its worth across the pond, scoring strong numbers for its first season on BBC3 and even better ones when it moved to BBC2 for its second season. "Children of Earth" will mark "Torchwood's" debut on the flagship BBC1; it airs July 6-10 there and July 20-24 on BBC America.

"Torchwood" creator Russell Davies, however, says he's been on board with the changeup from the start.

"Part of us thought, 'We could do another 13 episodes, we've learnt how to do that, and the second series was better than the first.' But why not change it?" Davies tells the Guardian newspaper. "... BBC America, who show 'Torchwood,' are furious that we've changed the format. But they're not our paymasters. It's the British audience we make these for. And I don't think audiences are remotely lost by a change in format."

Barrowman will be at Comic-Con on Sunday, July 26. What do you bet someone will ask him about his remarks?

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