PRESS TOUR: Fox remakes BBC America's 'Broadchurch' as 'Gracepoint'

Monday, 21 July 2014 12:00 AM Written by 

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- BBC America's "Broadchurch" debuted last summer to terrific reviews for the David Tennant-starring crime drama about the murder of a child in a small town. Now Fox is remaking the series as "Gracepoint" (9 p.m. Thursday starting Oct. 2), again starring Tennant in what's essentially the same role.

For "Broadchurch," viewers the first two episodes of "Gracepoint" feel like an almost shot-for-shot rehash. For those who haven't seen "Broadchurch," "Gracepoint" probably comes off as a wholly original and well-made murder mystery. Producers said the audience for "Broadchurch" was relatively small so they're not worried if those folks don't jump on the bandwagon. But if they do, producers promise the two series diverge.

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"Gracepoint" will have 10 episodes; "Broadchurch" has eight. "Gracepoint" producers said more episodes will give them opportunities to explore more in depth some of the secondary characters. But will more episodes help or hurt (more red herrings is probably worse rather than better)?

"We start to veer from the ['Broadchurch'] storyline," sasid executive producer Dan Futterman. "We introduce new characters, potential suspects. And the town is still very much part of the show."

Producers promise the killer will be revealed by the end of season one and though Fox executives have said in the past the killer will be different on "Gracepoint" from "Broadchurch," producers were more cagey.

"I don't want you to rule anybody out as a suspect," Futterman said. "We end in a very different place, which is both exciting for the first season and potentially exciting for a great second season as well."

Tennant said he was not contractually obligated to appear in this American remake in which he uses an American accent to play the same role.

"It is the same character and yet it's not," he said. "The spine of the story is the same and the spine of the two characters is the same but they're very different flesh on the bone."

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