Fox Reveals Trailer for ‘Gracepoint’ Starring David Tennant

Published 3 months ago by , Updated May 14th, 2014 at 4:39 am,

Fox’s remake of ITV’s small town-murder mystery, Broadchurch, is a bit of a gamble for the network. On the one hand, Broadchurch really was a runaway hit for ITV, a success later duplicated when it was rebroadcast on BBC America. But with the series having already aired – even here in the U.S. – and the identity of the murderer revealed, how will Gracepoint recapture the original’s suspense?

Easy: Gracepoint‘s murder of a young boy won’t have been committed by the same character as on Broadchurch. Much of the intrigue surrounding the murder mystery at the center of Broadchurch was in how deftly the series continued to point its finger at different suspects. At one point or another, almost any character was a prime candidate, and it’s that air of mystery and possibility that Gracepoint is hoping to capitalize on.

Still, in order to ease fans of the original series and entice them to tune in to Gracepoint, Fox smartly cast Broadchurch‘s David Tennant as the lead investigator, this time an American - Emmett Carver. Joining him is Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) in the role originally played by Olivia Coleman - Detective Ellie Miller. Broadchurch‘s creator, Chris Chibnall, is an executive producer along with Dan Futterman (Capote, Foxcatcher) and Anya Epstein (Homicide). Chibnall also wrote Gracepoint‘s pilot episode.

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Changing the identity of Danny’s murderer must surely alter some of the setup as well as a few characters in order to make all the details fall neatly in to place. Yet, a surprising amount of footage shown in the very first trailer (above) appears almost identical to scenes from Broadchurch. That being said, a lot of the scenes in this trailer come from the pilot episode, so perhaps Gracepoint won’t be diverging much from the original early on.

No matter how closely Gracepoint adheres to Broadchurch‘s first season, if it can recapture even a little of the fervor that surrounded the original’s  gripping and slow reveal of the murderer’s true identity, Fox will almost certainly have a hit with this 10-episode miniseries event.

Has this trailer ensured you’ll be checking out Gracepoint when it airs in the fall? How different will it manage to be from Broadchurch? Tell us what you think in the comments below! (But please, clearly mark your spoilers for those who haven’t seen the original series.)

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Gracepoint will air Thursdays on Fox in Fall 2014.

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  1. David Tennant with an American accent. It’s so weird.

    • With the beard and the accent, he reminds me of Eric Bana.

    • He did a good job with the accent, especially since this was the beginning of filming and he only had about a month of coaching. I love the brogue and it’s weird to listen to him with a North American accent but it looks and sounds good!

  2. So weird to hear Tennant doing an American accent.

  3. This show has some amazing talent behind it. I, for one, am really looking forward to this. Awkward American Doctor or not…

  4. Allons-y!

  5. Interesting. David Tennant is the lead role, it’s awesome and strange hearing the american accent. As far what this mini series show is about, I think it’s good to have it only 10 episodes. Yeah this is a remake of the UK’s Broadchurch which is also a mini series and David Tennant is in that one. Glad that this show will cover for only 10 episodes. Can’t wait to see this.

    • I find it weird that you call our version of Broadchurch a “mini-series” with only 8 episodes when people over here wondered why they needed so many episodes to tell the story (while also being completely gripped by the plot and the acting on display from heavyweights of British TV, mainly Tennant and Olivia Colman, who really doesn’t get as much recognition overseas as she deserves).

  6. I find it very strange that they would remake a British show, change the title and the plot, but keep the same lead actor. What? I’m a huge fan of Tennant and this looks good, but just a very odd casting strategy. I guess that they figured he was better than anyone else.

    • They did it with Low Winter Sun last year, which had Mark Strong play the role he played in the original British version.

      Plus Richard Ayoade in the US version of The IT Crowd in the same role as the English version.

      It’s weird but hey, guess it works.

  7. Yup, I’m in. I love small coastal town settings, so that alone has won me over. It doesn’t hurt either that the drama seems to be well done and that Tennant is awesome. ;)

  8. I am a fan of the original and i just hope this wont disappoint.

  9. Why? Just saw the trailer and it looks shot for shot like the british one, except in this one, the american actors are found wanting. Do americans really find it hard to watch british series, i mean why not do an american version of Luther? I’d like to see that, that way it could be different with each killer of the week episodes.

    • I was thinking the exact same thing in regards to the trailer being practically IDENTICAL to Broadchurch. It would be one thing if Broadchurch hadn’t played over here, but it did so why keep it so similar. Yeah the ending will be changing, but everything else literally looked exactly like Broadchurch.

      That said, I’ll be watching it because of how amazing Broadchurch was, and because I’m a big fan of both Tennant and Michael Peña. Hopefully they change it up a lot more than the trailer eludes to.

      • I think the trailer looks similar because all the footage is from the first episode….which sets up the murder and MAIN characters. It makes sense to keep that episode the same, then introduce new characters and plot lines later as the story develops. Plus, while it did how in the US on BBCAmerica, only about 800,000 people watched it……so the potential audience of people who have never seen it is massive. It will appeal to people like my mother and my sister, who will LOVE it and have no idea that it is even a remake. Plus they have no idea who David Tennant is,so they will not even know that he is not from the US.

    • at what point do the major networks just put the towel down and admit, “hey we’ve ran out of ideas”, let’s capitalize on the fact that americans don’t know there’s a world outside the borders and remake every movie/tv series that is a hit from mexico to sweden. And don’t get me started on the current trend of not giving numbers to sequels anymore, so the young kids and the ADD generation doesn’t know there was a Rambo/Die Hard or Star Trek before it?

  10. What I think would be cool at times like this (when an american show remakes a British show with the same actor) is that instead of it being a complete remake they would do something different. They should use the same actor and character and have him come over to help out with the investigation at Gracepoint since he worked a similar case in Broadchurch. You can keep a similar story and be able to have a good explanation as to why you have the same actor in two different but similar shows. I’ve not seen Broadchurch but that idea just sounded better to me than doing a complete remake.

  11. Being 100% serious. Am I the only one that’s been having a bad experience with playwire, since… forever? I have a 50Mb down connection and still cannot stream playwire while all other stream flawlessly. It is infuriating. Please. Stop.

    • Nah, Playwire is crap. Jerky playback and very bad image resolution. Perhaps good enough for mobile devices, but utterly useless on a desktop PC with a halfway decent monitor. I don’t know why Screenrant insists on using it all the time.

  12. It seems stupid to remake a Brittish show shot by shot. I was also a fan of the original (although yes, it could have been 1 or 2 eps shorter) and I enjoyed it, but watching it again with different actors seems pointless. Even if the ending is different.

    Also, yes, Screenrant, please use youtube like normal people, I hate playwire.

  13. It sounded like a silly idea when they first announced this, and this preview just makes it seem even more pointless. If I want to watch “Broadchurch” all over again, I’ll just watch the actual “Broadchurch”. Good luck bringing in some new viewers, but I’ll be passing.

  14. Broadchurch was an amazing series. The trailer for Gracepoint looks very similar, but sucked me right in as well. David Tennant is an absolutely amazing actor and anything he is in is quality TV. Watching the trailer absolutely had me hooked to watch Gracepoint. Can’t wait!

  15. I live in Victoria and will tune in to see the locations they did for the shoot. Am looking forward to all of it.

  16. I might have watched it if they had changed it some from Broadchurch. Everyhting looks the same, down to the script, character names, even the characters look similar and especially with David Tennant playing the same character it it like watching a re-run. I know they say that it is a different killer, but that means that maybe I should just watch the last episode. They should have a good viewership for audiences that did not watch Broadchurch. Tennant will be great and it is a well written story.

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