Broadchurch

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Get Your First Look at David Tennant in ‘Gracepoint,’ the US ‘Broadchurch’ Remake

Fresh off the news that former Tenth Doctor David Tennant would be returning to his gripping role as DI Alec Hardy for another season of the sublime series Broadchurch, we can now get our first look at Tennant’s American-style take on the same role.

Upcoming Fox series Gracepoint – which is slated to air Thursdays this Fall – is an Americanized remake of Broadchurch, in which Tennant is reprising his role as the lead detective, though he’ll be called Emmett Carver this time around. In the US version, however, his partner will be played by Emmy-winning Breaking Bad actress Anna Gunn, rather than BAFTA-winning Twenty Twelve actress Olivia Colman.

However the new show will also center on the mysterious murder of a young child and follow the story of its impact on the small town (the titular Gracepoint) as the detectives attempt to find his killer. According to Kevin O’Reilly, the head of programming for FOX, Gracepoint *will* have a different ending (i.e. a different killer) than Broadchurch, so get your speculation engines started on that now. 

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Its Official: David Tennant and Olivia Colman to Return for ‘Broadchurch’ Series 2

Mystery fans the world over can breathe a sigh of relief today – ITV has officially confirmed that stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman will both be returning for the highly anticipated second series of Broadchurch.

The pair will also be joined by several other familiar faces in Series 2 – including Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan, who portrayed the parents of Danny Latimer, the young boy whose murder started it all, as well as Doctor Who’s Arthur Darvill, who plays local vicar Paul Coates.

The first season of Broadchurch centered around the investigation – lead by Tennant’s tortured DI Alec Hardy and Colman’s more empathetic DS Ellie Miller – into the mysterious death of a young boy, and the impact the case had on the small town of Broadchurch and its residents.  It was also fairly remarkable for the simple fact that it told a self-contained story and actually solved the case at the end – and is still coming back for another season. What will Series 2 look like? How do you follow up the Danny Latimer case with something else? We’ll have to wait and see, because creator Chris Chibnall and the folks at ITV are keeping story details on serious lockdown.   

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It's That Time of Year Again: Things We Are Thankful For 2013 Edition

Happy Thanksgiving, Telly Visions readers! Thanksgiving is one of the few quintessentially American things we acknowledge here around the blog, but it seems important to take the opportunity to say THANK YOU as loudly and as often as possible, so here we are. We like to do this every year, because, well. Sometimes it needs saying.

Thank you for reading and commenting and liking and tweeting and basically being willing to enable my otherwise embarrassing obsessions with British television generally and Benedict Cumberbatch specifically.

Thank you for watching some really great programming with us and for being so smart and thoughtful in your discussion of it. Thank you for loving so much of the same stuff that those of us around here do – isn’t it nice to feel part of a group? 

Mostly, thank you for being here and just for being generally awesome people. We’ve got big plans for 2014, so stick around.

As is now a Telly Visions tradition, here is what I’m thankful for this year, in list form.

Category:Drama

More Casting News for American ‘Broadchurch’: ‘Gracepoint’ Lands Anna Gunn and Jacki Weaver in Key Roles

British mystery series Broadchurch was one of the most critically and commercially successful British series of 2013 – earning rave reviews from virtually everyone, or so it seemed.  So it’s not entirely surprising that a US television network is jumping on the bandwagon to remake the show for American audiences. There are an awful lot of American remakes of British television programs languishing in the dustbin of history, after all – for every The Office that finds its own voice and success, there are a dozen US versions of things like Skins, Life on Mars, Gavin and Stacey, The Inbetweeners, Prime Suspect and others that were abject failures.

Nevertheless, the story of the Broadchurch remake is an interesting one.  FOX is working with Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall to put together the US version – which now looks set to be called Gracepoint – and has already tapped Doctor Who star David Tennant to reprise his role as DI Alec Hardy from the original British series.  Now comes news that further casting decisions have been made about the series and, honestly, they sound pretty promising.

Read on for more. 

Category:Drama

David Tennant to Reprise Role in American Remake of 'Broadchurch'

Mystery series Broadchurch was one of the most buzzed-about dramas of 2013 on both sides of the pond –earning rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Therefore, it probably shouldn’t surprise many people that an American television network has already jumped on the chance to make a US version of the series. FOX is currently working with Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall, to craft an American remake of the eight-part drama. Chibnall will serve as the series’ executive producer, as well as write its first episode.

And now the American remake has gotten a bit closer to its British roots – TV Guide announced last week that David Tennant, star of the UK version of the series, will be reprising his role as the tortured lead detective assigned to investigate a devastating murder in a small town. Tennant, who is best known for his turn as the Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who, received high praise for his portrayal of a tortured divorcee put in charge of the investigation into the murder of a young boy. It’s being reported that Tennant’s lead investigator character in this American production will be virtually the same as UK version DI Alec Hardy, However, Tennant will apparently be doing an American accent for the FOX production, which makes a certain amount of sense, but still seems kind of strange at the same time. No other casting has been announced yet, but the choice of Tennant makes everything very interesting right out of the gate.

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Watch an Extra Scene From ‘Broadchurch’s’ First Season Finale

We’re all missing Broadchurch, the complex mystery series that recently wrapped up its first season on BBC America. So here’s an extra treat for those that just can’t get enough of the twisty mystery – an extra scene that most US viewers probably haven’t seen yet.

After the season finale aired in the UK last April, ITV was kind enough to provide a bit of bonus material for fans: a clip of several characters attending the wake for young Danny Latimer. (In the actual episode, this moment would have occurred at some point before the emotional scene when the entire town gathered to light a memorial beacon/bonfire for him.) 

Take a look for yourselves below (and warning: there are mild spoilers here if you haven't finished Series 1 yet!)

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Having Withdrawal Now 'Broadchurch' Has Ended? Here’s What to Watch Instead

It is done. The final episode of Broadchurch: Series 1 aired on BBC America this week. After eight weeks of multiple dead ends and a few red herrings, we finally know who killed Danny Latimer.  And quite a bombshell it was!

Understandably you might be experiencing a bit of withdrawal now that all the suspense and excitement is over.  But never fear! The detective mystery is a genre that the Brits basically own. Just consider how many times the stories of Agatha Christie alone have been dramatized.  

The next series of Broadchurch isn’t set to return until sometime next year so if you’re feeling a bit out of sorts and need a little whodunit pick-me-up, may I suggest a few series that might fit the bill?

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British Hit Broadchurch Comes to America This August

Broadchurch, the murder mystery series that basically took over the UK for several weeks earlier this year, is officially coming to America later this summer. The eight-part drama will premiere on August 7 at 10pm, as part of BBC America’s Dramaville block and will run through September. 

The show delivered record ratings for ITV, was the most tweeted about British drama ever, and was pretty much all anyone was talking about in the world of entertainment while it was on. This is a fact of which you are probably already aware if you have spent any time at all trying to avoid Broadchurch spoilers online in recent weeks. It’s rough out there. (But it’s so worth it if you can make it through without finding out the ending!)

The series stars Doctor Who’s David Tennant and Twenty Twelve’s Olivia Colman as two detectives investigating the shocking murder of an eleven year old boy in a quiet seaside resort town where everyone is suddenly a suspect. BAFTA winner Vicky McClure, Who alum Arthur Darvill and Harry Potter actor David Bradley are all also part of the stellar cast.

The first American trailer for the series was just released by BBC America, and it does a great job of conveying the drama’s overwhelming sense of tension while flashing through a great many of the characters who may or may not be murder suspects.  

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Preview ITV’s Broadchurch Starring Doctor Who’s David Tennant

Get your first look at Broadchurch, the new eight-part mystery series starring Doctor Who alums David Tennant and Arthur Darvill.  ITV has released the first trailer for the new drama, which will premiere in early March in the UK.

Written by former Torchwood showrunner Chris Chibnall, Broadchurch ranked fairly high up on my list of Most Anticipated Shows of 2013, mostly because of its absolutely stellar cast. The drama follows the events that unfold in a small town after the murder of a young boy places their peaceful community in the glare of a major media spotlight. Allegedly, the mystery series is at least partly inspired by popular drama The Killing, though let’s hope this particular version will more closely follow the trajectory of the Swedish original rather than the American remake. (Fingers crossed!)

You can watch the first official preview for Broadchurch in full below. It certainly appears to be an exceptionally emotional drama – almost everyone in this clip’s couple of minutes is either crying or in varying degrees of upset at some point. The slow motion action shots and melancholy music, combined with Tennant’s emotional vow to find whoever’s responsible for the child’s murder are all pretty affecting.  It really does look quite good.  (And scruffy is a good look on Tennant. Just saying. /shallow)

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It’s a Doctor Who Reunion (Sort Of): BBC America to Air Eight-Part Drama Broadchurch

What a lovely New Year’s present! BBC America has acquired the rights to ITV’s Broadchurch – an eight-part drama that follows the events that unfold in a small town after the murder of a young boy places their peaceful community smack in the glare of a major media spotlight. This series is supposedly inspired by Swedish drama The Killing (which had an infamous – and unfortunate – American remake), so it’s probably safe to assume that’s probably the sort of atmosphere we’re going for here.

Broadchurch made my Most TV Shows Anticipated of 2013 list in large part because of its fantastic ensemble cast, which includes Doctor Who alums David Tennant and Arthur Darvill.  (Not even two weeks into the new year, and I’m already getting wishes granted. Good sign? Here’s hoping.) Former Tenth Doctor Tennant plays one of the detectives leading the investigation into the crime alongside his partner, played by Olivia Colman (who’s been in a multitude of British shows including Twenty Twelve and Peep Show). Fresh off his stint as a companion in the TARDIS, Darvill plays the town priest and the ensemble includes several other familiar faces, such as This is England’s Vicky McClure, Garrow’s Law’s Andrew Buchan and Marchland’s Jodie Whitaker.

The eight-part drama is written and created by former Torchwood headwriter and occasional Doctor Who scribe Chris Chibnall. There’s no airdate on either side of the pond for Broadchurch at present, though internet gossip seems to suggest a vague “Spring 2013” premiere for the UK. Given that the series is slated for BBC America’s Wednesday night Dramaville block, previous experience tells us that US transmission should be occurring somewhere roughly 3-4 weeks behind the UK airing. If the recent seasons of The Hour and Whitechapel, as well as new drama Ripper Street, are anything to go by, this would appear to be the pattern. Here’s hoping, at any rate!

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