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BEVERLY HILLS — John Barrowman is a major star in the United Kingdom, but he's actually an American who cut his teeth performing in Tennessee.

"I credit the start of my career with Opryland," says Barrowman over lunch at a bar in the Beverly Hilton Hotel recently.

He's come a long way since dancing and singing along side Barbara Mandrell and Minnie Pearl. Now, after being cast as the swashbuckling John Harkness in "Dr. Who," he's starring in that show's first spinoff, "Torchwood" (9 p.m. Saturdays, BBC America).

"Jack is a charismatic, romantic, withdrawn hero," he said.

Once a military man who lived in the early 1940s, the immortal Harkness is the head of an elite group of para-normal investigators who use futuristic and alienist weaponry and other technology to solve crimes. As Harkness warns a new recruit in the opener, their services are needed to arm mankind for a looming disaster.

"Torchwood" is stylistic, graphic and has a shadowy sense of whimsy. It's a little like "The X-Files" and "Angel."

"The idea was that they are a really young, sexy, fun, clever team who every single week risked their lives trying to save the world and in that kind of ... pressure-cooker environment," said executive producer Julie Gardner.

Unlike "Dr. Who" which travels both space and time for stories, "Torchwood" will remain on Earth in present day.

"In 'Torchwood; Jack is the leader. Everyone follows him so it's played very differently that way," Barrowman said of the differences between his show and "Dr. Who." "It's a little darker."

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  • APA 6th ed.: Morrow, Terry (2007-09-02). Ex-Opryland dancer stars in Torchwood. The Knoxville News-Sentinel p. 3.
  • MLA 7th ed.: Morrow, Terry. "Ex-Opryland dancer stars in Torchwood." The Knoxville News-Sentinel [add city] 2007-09-02, 3. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: Morrow, Terry. "Ex-Opryland dancer stars in Torchwood." The Knoxville News-Sentinel, edition, sec., 2007-09-02
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