David Tennant to Star in ‘Broadchurch’ Remake for Fox

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David Tennant Broadchurch Remake David Tennant to Star in Broadchurch Remake for Fox

David Tennant, star of ITV’s incredibly addicting drama Broadchurch, is set to star in a very familiar role. While many fans of Tennant know that he will be reprising his most famous role as the 10th Doctor on the time traveling epic, Doctor Who, he will also be reprising another role that many might find hard to believe.

David Tennant will be reprising his role as Detective Inspector Alec Hardy for the American remake of Broadchurch. Tennant has already received excellent reviews as the sad, but talented Inspector on the ITV version. It looks like Tennant will try to make himself a household name in the states – and not just with fans of Doctor Who.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the new version of Broadchurch will have Tennant play an American detective who acts as the lead investigator on the case of a murder in a small town. There is no word yet if the American remake will have the same plot as the original series (a problem that plagued AMC’s The Killing), but its safe to say that the US edition will borrow some of the thematic elements that made the UK show a hit.

Fox had already announced that it was going to remake the popular murder mystery drama and that it would premiere in the 2014-2015 season. The creator of the original Broadchurch, Chris Chibnail, will be writing the pilot for Fox’s remake. While seasoned television and film producers, Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein, have signed on as executive producers and showrunners.

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Having Tennant reprise his role as Detective Inspector Hardy is an exciting decision by Fox. Tennant is a very captivating actor who stole almost every scene he was in on ITV Broadchurch. Still, it is surprising that Tennant was cast in the American version of the detective. While it is a smart choice for Fox, usually American remakes of foreign television programs try to distance themselves from the original by recasting the main characters. Maybe Fox wants Tennant’s already large fan base to watch the new series but, even if they do, it’s still a unique situation. The real question is, will Tennant reprise his role in the second season of the original Broadchurch? The second season is being planned, but the return of Tennant and co-star Olivia Colman have not been announced.

For those of you who have not had the opportunity to watch the original series, which re-aired here in the states on BBC America, its definitely worth a watch. The murder mystery series was surprising and suspenseful, with the stellar cast giving excellent performances. Screen Rant recently gave the first season finale a phenomenal review, even stating that Broadchurch could be the best murder mystery since Twin Peaks


Although the first season of Broadchurch is over, you can catch David Tennant appear on the simulcasted Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, “The Day of the Doctor” on November 23, 2013.

The US version of Broadchurch will premiere in 2014 on Fox.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Correction: Broadchurch was broadcast on ITV. BBC is a rival network.

    • I thought that didn’t read right 😉

      • Haha, I know, right?

        I remember sitting on Wednesday nights watching ITV1 while having a family member call me up and ask how to set the Sky+ because Who Do You Think You Are? was airing at the same time on BBC1 and said relative wanted to watch both shows.

    • Thanks guys. There was confusion because it was on BBC America here in the states. I’ve updated the post accordingly.

    • Broadchurch was aired by BBC America, it was on Wednesdays after Law & Order U.K.

  2. The original British Broadchurch is amazing! I don’t see an American version as a success.

    Two immediate problems:

    1. The original is a very slow burn. Eight episodes to solve one murder? American audiences won’t put up with that sort of pacing.

    2. Broadchurch is a town in the UK right? If the American version is called Broadchurch, What will they do? Invent a fictional town in the US and call it Broadchurch? Ok I guess. But it seems goofy. Why don’t they just create their own murder mystery show using the Broadchurch format in an American town. Oh but wait….. They’re trying to suck in the BBC fans by using David Tennant and recycling the name, the format, the style….. What’s the point? Just watch the original.

    • I think Broadchurch is a fictional town in the case of this show but there’s probably a dozen towns named that, just like there’s a town in the East Midlands called Boston and another one that’s even smaller elsewhere in the country.

      Also, 8 episodes….not sure if it aired in only 4 episodes here (memory sucks right now) but 8 episodes for a drama like this is an exception in the UK because we normally have 4 episodes at most for a story like this.

      It did massive ratings for ITV though and still features in commercials for the channel that air in cinemas before big Hollywood blockbusters so if they brought the US remake over here and put it on one of the other ITV channels, it could do ok (American Idol airs on ITV2 for example and does pretty well ratings wise with almost as many viewers as the main X Factor show on ITV1).

      • Oh and it’s not just Tennant that’s the main draw over here. People in the UK have finally woken up to the sheer talent of Olivia Colman. She’s hot property right now.

        • She is not pretty enough for the American version despite her massive acting talent. She will be replaced by some thirty something slim tv friendly type, with slightly unwashed hair and not much make up you know to show she is a gritty serious actress. Style over content every time.

    • I don’t understand the remake at all. Why can’t the Americans just watch the original Broadchurch? It’s basically in the same English language minus the accent. They should just adapt this into an American film, at least that’s in a different format. And haven’t they learned anything with ‘The Killing’ getting KILLED twice by the TV Network? They can’t milk this further and extend the series to more than 8 episode, because like what he (Heustis) said, it is a slow burn pace and at some time it was very frustrating to watch (thank you media-softwares which can skip forward 5sec-10secs/more). And 8 episodes was kind enough to finish things up. They should just remake this in a 2-hour American Film.

    • The title is Gracepoint, it’s been written by the same writer and directed by the same director but there are some tantalizing differences. The first 2 episodes will be almost identical, but after that they diverge. There are different plot points, a different ending and a different killer. Chibnall, the writer, says the alternate story was “always there” and doing an American version was a perfect way to use it. There are some new characters as well, including one that a lot of Broadchurch fans felt was missing. I bought the Broadchurch DVDs, and I’m eagerly awaiting Gracepoint. The cast alone is enough to make it worth the watch and Tennant’s American accent is very good in this. It’s not a competition. There is not one legitimate reason one can’t enjoy Broadchurch and Gracepoint too.

  3. This doesn’t make sense at all.

  4. David Tennant is an interesting choice. But won’t it be kind of confusing since the original show is already on BBC America for American audience?

    • I would love to make $67 an hour but i don,t really want to f**k my ass on cam .

  5. The Doctor with an American accent? I don’t know if I can handle that…

  6. ScreenRant: please post if/when you know when and where they are going to film this.