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Starz has acquired the U.S. television rights to BBC's hit franchise Torchwood, the cable channel announced Monday.

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A new 10-episode season will debut exclusively on Starz in the U.S. and on BBC One in the U.K. during summer 2011. Past seasons of Torchwood have aired in the U.S. on BBC America.

Cast members from the previous versions of Torchwood — including John Barrowman (Capt. Jack Harkness) and Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper) — will return for the new version. Russell T. Davies, who created the Doctor Who spin-off in 2006, will serve as the showrunner.

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The new series will tell a more global story of a team that investigates alien incidents on Earth.

Starz also recently announced a new 10-part series, Camelot, starring Joseph Fiennes and Eva Green.