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Fans of Broadchurch are convinced the UK crime drama is near perfect. So naturally Fox is completely remaking it. After all, the 2013 show has accents! And U.S. viewers won’t heavily watch a drama that’s full of British accents.
Turns out, Fox’s chairman Kevin Reilly considered airing the UK version, though ultimately ruled it out. At the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Pasadena on Monday, the executive explained: “As great as Broadchurch is, 99.9 percent of the U.S. public would have never seen that show.” Which sounds like a reason in favor of airing the original, but Reilly continues: “[U.S. viewers] would be more comfortable seeing something made for America … there are cultural particularities [to the original] that would cap it off.”
Another point: Fox is changing the ending by adding a twist after the point in the story where the British version concluded. “We’re doing 10 episodes; they did eight,” Reilly said. “We have a different ending so there will be something to stay tuned for.”
Fox’s version is titled Gracepoint and stars David Tennant (who also starred in the original) and Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad). There’s no premiere date yet. As much as it’s tempting to mock Fox for this move, when Reilly adds that the original would get lower ratings than a reboot, he’s probably correct (sadly). There are major exceptions, as the story on the link above points out (Downton Abbey is a hit on both sides of the Atlantic). A sequel to Broadchurch is in the works overseas, but Fox will have more control over the show by making its own version in terms of the number of episodes, how many seasons are ordered, casting decisions, and so forth. So it’s an understandable decision, but not one you can make without getting a little grief about it.
Nick Nolte is the latest star to join the swelling cast of Fox’s upcoming Broadchurch remake, Gracepoint.
Nolte joins the show, about a murder in a small coastal town, as a series regular, playing Jack Reinhold, a stubborn, unmarried man who has lived in Gracepoint for two decades. According to casting details, his character “runs the kayak rental on the beach as well as the local wildlife observation program, where the murdered boy was one of his volunteers.”
Back in September, after the conclusion of Broadchurch‘s run on BBC America, creator Chris Chibnall told EW of the remake, which begins shooting in January: “The DNA of the original is absolutely intact and filtered through a new prism, so it should still feel just as vibrant, and interesting, and strange, and unique, and beautiful, but just in a different setting — and then it’s exploring the dramatic opportunities that that offers up.”
Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched BBC America’s gripping whodunit Broadchurch, stop reading now. When the season 1 finale aired in September, we asked creator/writer Chris Chibnall to take us inside the episode and the shocking reveal of 11-year-old Danny’s killer. Revisit that conversation below.
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Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched the season finale of BBC America’s Broadchurch, stop reading now. We asked creator/writer Chris Chibnall to take us inside the episode. READ FULL STORY
Tonight, the answers are revealed on the season finale of BBC America’s brilliant whodunit Broadchurch. Ten minutes before this episode premiered in the U.K., creator/writer Chris Chibnall had a TV producer’s equivalent of stage fright: “I texted Jane Featherstone, the other executive producer on the show, and said, ‘I think we’ve got it entirely wrong. I think we’ve made a terrible mistake. I think it’s an awful ending,’” he recalls, laughing. “Knowing that so many people by that point were really invested in it and watching it, I’ve never been more panicked in my life. Then after about 20 minutes in, I was like, ‘No, no, it’s all right. I’ve had a drink. It seems to be going okay.’”
Chibnail was in a relaxed mood when he phoned EW from England earlier today, which could be because he knows how well that finale was received in the U.K. But there’s another reason: Joe Sims, the actor who plays Nige, had just texted him an hour earlier to say that Sen. John McCain had tweeted about the show. “He said, it’s the ‘Final episode of
#Broadchurch tonight — one of the most entertaining shows on TV right now.’ That made me laugh in itself, but then it also made me laugh to see the tirade of responses from people going, ‘Haven’t you got better things to be doing than recommending television shows?’” Chibnall explains, laughing again.”The whole Broadchurch thing, for all of us, has been this kind of amazing response and amazing madness, and I think that one today has just beaten all the others. I’m here in my office, looking out into the rain of Dorset, and I’m really giggling.”
We’ll have a full postmortem with Chibnall posting after the finale airs. For now, watch our exclusive clip of DI Hardy (David Tennant) questioning Tom (Adam Wilson) below. READ FULL STORY
With only two episodes left of BBC America’s addictive whodunit Broadchurch, answers are on the way. In tonight’s hour (10 p.m. ET), we learn the connection between Susan Wright (Pauline Quirke) and Nige Carter (Joe Sims) as she’s questioned, and, as you’ll see in our exclusive preview below, Nige doesn’t like what she shares with the authorities. In happier news, Susan’s dog, Vince, is alive — for now. Watch the clip below, then take our weekly poll. Note: Steer clear of the comments section to avoid spoilers.
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Last week, BBC America’s brilliant whodunit Broadchurch took another tragic turn when Jack Marshall (David Bradley) was found dead on the beach, presumably having committed suicide after being hounded by both the press and the town about the past he never wanted to revisit. We learned he went to prison for having sex with a girl just shy of her 16th birthday. When he got out, he married her. She was 17, he was 40. They had a son together. The boy died in a car accident when he was 6. His mother had been driving. The grief tore Jack’s marriage apart, and he moved to Broadchurch for a fresh start. He did like to hug the boys in the Sea Brigade — not because he’s a pedophile, but because he missed holding his son. (Now we know why we saw Danny’s mother, Beth, ask to hug Tom before. This show is so good about threading things in that only afterward do you realize were tiny clues.)
Because we have three more episodes in the season, including tonight’s, it’s safe to assume Jack truly wasn’t the killer. We’re also prepared to rule the family out (how lovely was it to see Beth and Mark not fight for a moment?) and have narrowed our suspect list. Watch our sneak peek of this evening’s hour below. The clip is a manual on how producers captivate us. Then name the killer in our weekly poll!
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We are officially halfway through BBC America’s whodunit Broadchurch, and as DI Hardy (David Tennant) would say, it’s out-blooding-standing. In tonight’s episode, suspicion continues to fall on Jack Marshall (David Bradley), the owner of the shop where Danny worked as a paperboy — who’s also a Sea Brigade leader whose past includes underage sex. In our sneak peek below, Chloe (Charlotte Beaumont) hears a story from her secret boyfriend, Dean (Jacob Anderson). Watch it, then take our weekly poll. READ FULL STORY
In our inaugural whodunit Broadchurch poll, only 2 percent of viewers thought Jack Marshall (David Bradley), owner of the shop where Danny worked as a paperboy, was his killer. Will that change after tonight’s episode, which finds reporter Olly (Jonathan Bailey) questioning Jack, who’s also a Sea Brigade leader, about his past? Watch our exclusive clip below, then take the poll… READ FULL STORY
'Broadchurch': Creator Chris Chibnall and star David Tennant talk about their crime drama phenomenon
When the crime drama Broadchurch was screened on the U.K.’s ITV network this spring, it swiftly became a bona fide national obsession as viewers tried to figure out who killed an 11-year-old boy named Danny Latimer in the titular seaside town. Needless to say, Broadchurch creator-writer Chris Chibnall was thrilled by this development — even if it did make getting home more difficult during the show’s eight-episode run. “One night I went out to a screening of The Shining at an old hotel,” says Chibnall, who lives in Bridport, where many of the show’s coastal exteriors were filmed. “I was walking back in the dark and I rang a taxi firm and said, ‘Could you come and pick me and my wife up?’ The guy on the other end went, ‘No problem at all, Chris. Just tell me one thing: Who did it?’”
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