US Censors Torchwood's Third Season... Kind Of

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When Torchwood returns for its third season and something seems a little... off, comfort yourself with the knowledge that the reason behind the show's self-censorship is the proud country known as the United States.

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According to the show's star, John Barrowman, the show will be... more subtle in its third season so as not to offend American sensibilities:

We're not swearing or doing anything close to the bone because it's been a huge success in the US and the networks won't accept it with all that stuff in it... I'll still be getting naked and it will still be saucy - but it's done with taste. We'll doing everything so it doesn't have to be heavily edited for the US.

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Has BBC America really been censoring the show that much, or is mention of "the networks" a sign that the Torchwood mini-season might be lined up as a summer special on one of the US broadcast networks?

John Barrowman: I dropped my pantos in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's pool [The People]

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The 'censorship' has nothing to do with the North American market - the BBC has been airing an edited for family version of "Torchwood" since the beginning of season two. And the BBC released a statement earlier this year saying that it was going to cut back on some of the adult content in "Torchwood" season three so that it would fit better (content/audience wise) with "Who" and "The Sarah Jane Adventures", especially since "Who" has a very abbreviated schedule.