David Tennant & Anna Gunn in First Image of ‘Broadchurch’ Remake

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It’s generally accepted that American remakes of popular British TV shows are usually not as good as the originals. Not only that, but today when British shows are becoming more and more accessible to American audiences, some are wondering – what’s the point?

None of this has dissuaded Fox from creating their own version of the hit ITV series, Broadchurch – since retitled Gracepoint - which will see David Tennant reprise his role (more or less) as a depressed and difficult detective sent to solve the case of a murdered boy in a small coastal town. His partner, Ellie Miller – originally played by Olivia Colman – will instead be played by Anna Gunn (Skyler White on Breaking Bad).

Today we have the first image from Gracepoint – courtesy of EW – featuring Tennant and Gunn on the hunt for a murderer. Check it out below:

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In Gracepoint, Tennant’s character is named Emmett Carver (his name was Alec Hardy in Broadchurch), but otherwise the show appears to be sticking with the original premise. Rather than being an eight-episode season, the Fox series will run for ten, but it will still investigate the murder of a young boy who was a friend of Ellie Miller’s son.

Broadchurch fans may be wondering what’s in it for them to watch Gracepoint. If it’s truly a remake, then hasn’t the series’ chilling climax already been spoiled?

Nope! Gracepoint will feature one major difference from its predecessor: the identity of the murderer. It’s a decision that will not only entice fans of the ITV series to tune in for Gracepoint, but also allow Fox’s show to be more than just another remake. Because surely, with a different murderer other elements of the show’s slow reveal will need to be altered as well.

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Besides its addicting story, Broadchurch featured an acclaimed cast whose ensemble performance as the residents of Broadchurch was another reason for the series’ popularity and success. Most notable were David Bradley’s and Pauline Quirke’s performances, and their roles will be played by Nick Nolte and Jackie Weaver in Gracepoint. Also joining the Fox series are Michael Peña, Kevin Rankin, Virginia Kull and Kevin Zegers.

Only time will tell if Gracepoint can manage the mixture of suspense, tension and neighborly suspicion as well as Broadchurch did.

In the meantime, is yet another show exploring the small town murder mystery trope worth watching? What will Gracepoint bring to the table to make itself standout from Broadchurch as well as other shows of the genre? We’ll have to wait and see to find out.

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Gracepoint will premiere on Fox during the 2014-2015 season.

Source: EW

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  1. This is g****** b*******. A useless remake which will only be of inferior quality than the original anyway. It is American made!

    • For fk sake then dont watch it, dont understand why ppl b**** about everything its a remake, big deal, if it sucks u have the original. Also theres a DIFFERENT KILLER calm down and if the reviews suck then skip it.

    • They remade Danish-Swedish thriller The Bridge as the English-French drama The Tunnel and the remake was honestly much better in my opinion. Plus they managed to wrap it up in 10 episodes without needing another season with more of the same.

      Don’t worry about it.

  2. *addictive

  3. I will watch it for Tennant. So better or worse I know he will be brilliant again.

  4. Interesting. It at least makes a little more sense to know that the plot is changing. As far as the “murder mystery in a small town” trope, I usually find the actual identity of the murderer far from the most interesting thing. Shows like Twin Peaks, or more recently the kind of similar Top of the Lake, attract me because of their general atmosphere and quirkiness. Any show that can pull that off well enough, with at least a decent plot, has a chance with me.

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  6. This American girl doesn’t have access to BBCAmerica. So I am one who is very happy that I will get to see David in his same role, regardless of the character name change, for the adaptation. I really hope it lives up to being as good as everyone said Broadchuch was.

    • Depending if they region lock it or not, try and see if you can find Broadchurch on ITV’s website (they’re the ones who commissioned, funded and aired it here in the UK). It’s definitely well worth the watch. Pauline Quirke was amazing in it too and it’s great that Olivia Colman finally got recognition for her acting ability thanks to the show.

  7. Sound like Tha killing… Sanford & son and House o Cards is bettr than orig..

    • I dunno about that, I saw Sanford & Son and it just wasn’t even half as good as Steptoe & Son was.

      The US version of The Office was miles better than our version though. Same with The Tomorrow People’s US remake.

  8. What’s the point?! The original is brilliant and in err…ENGLISH! No need to Americanise it, no offence, I’m sure Americans would love Broadchurch. And they’re keeping David Tennant, maybe he’s actually depressed for real during the shoot for this, having to do it all over again but with script changes etc :P

  9. The tomorrow people is awful! The girl is way older than him and he’s telling her about his ex “girlfriends” of when he was 7! So so immature. Broad church is one of our best productions :)

    • I have to admit, that has so far been the only episode I didn’t like because of that and the pointless and tedious teen romance drama crap that turned me away from other shows like Smallville that could’ve been interesting but weren’t.

      Another 3 months of it to go though so it should hopefully get back to what the previous episodes were like.

  10. I loved Broadchurch and do not see the purpose. But I would watch anything with David Tennant in it and I hold out hope it will be worth watching.

  11. ok cool…its a remake but they keep the lead? but then change the name..i guess gracepoint sounds more american …ugh..but really if they were to change something they should’ve told Dave to shave… there is a big Doctor Who fanbase here now who still want to see him but not with that ugly ass beard!!

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