Will The BBC Save American Television?

The woman behind Life on Mars and the revival of Doctor Who is about to bring her style of television to the US. Julie Gardner is coming to America, and we couldn't be happier.

Gardner has joined the BBC's new American division as the person in charge of creating dramas and other scripted-programming for the US and international markets. The announcement of her hiring (officially as an Executive Producer under exclusive contract to BBC Worldwide America) came yesterday, after months of speculation that she would be joining her former boss Jane Tranter in the new organization. As the Head of Drama at BBC Wales, Gardner was responsible for greenlighting Doctor Who, Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures and the original Life on Mars, before moving on to become the Overall Head of Drama Commissioning for the BBC until yesterday's move was announced. While it's not yet known what kinds of shows that Gardner will be looking to create for American audiences, her track record with SF should speak for itself... And if it doesn't, the rumor that Russell T. Davies is one of the writers she's looking to bring with her to the States should raise some new hopes.

Julie Gardner in at BBC Worldwide America [Hollywood Reporter]