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The GRACEPOINT Trailer is Here and Yes, David Tennant is Reprising His BROADCHURCH Role

For fans of Doctor Who‘s David Tennant and British television in general, the arrival of an American-ized take on Broadchurch — the brilliant 10-part drama that aired stateside on BBC America last year — brought on a wee bit of anxiety. Would it be as good as the original? Shot as beautifully? End as unexpectedly? Hopefully after the series debut of Gracepoint, we’ll have our answer. In the meantime, at least, we have a trailer!

Unveiled today at Fox’s Upfront presentation, the story of a small seaside California town taken over by an unprecedented tragedy finds everyone’s favorite Tenth Doctor, Tennant, reprising his role as Detective (the name has changed but the role has not) Emmett Carver alongside Breaking Bad‘s Anna Gunn. Luckily, fans of the original Broadchurch will still be able to enjoy this new, 10-episode event series iteration when it premieres this fall on Fox, as several things have changed. And no — we don’t just mean Tennant’s curious American accent. Apparently the series’ original killer has been changed, ensuring at least some suspense on the whodunnit front. According to Fox, the series is “an expansion of the original series, introducing new characters, identifying new suspects and threading new storylines through the gripping narrative.”

The series also stars Michael Peña, Nick Nolte, Jacki Weaver, Virginia Kull, Nikolas Filipovic, Kevin Rankin, Sarah-Jane Potts, and more. And fans of the original can rest assured knowing that its creator, Chris Chibnall (another member of the Doctor Who family — Chibnall is a frequent writer on the series), is involved, having written the premiere episode.

Will you be tuning into Gracepoint? Let us know in the comments.

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  • If you’ve read recent news about the Gracepoint panel, it will actually be quite different from Broadchurch. It starts out pretty much the same since both writers and producers agreed that the beginning was the perfect introduction to the story and shouldn’t be changed. 

    But by episode 3 at the very latest, there will be huge differences. Here’s a list of all the differences mentioned in the panel (it’s all spoiler-free): http://www.buzzsugar.com/Gracepoint-Same-Broadchurch-35290279

    By the way, I think David Tennant’s American accent is spotless. Totally works for me. 

  • Watching this trailer is like watching a scene-by-scene recap of Broadchurch! I will watch it because I’m a sucker for anything David Tennant; however, it would be cool if they would throw a few wrenches in so it wasn’t exactly like Broadchurch. 

    As a side note, his American accent is weirding me out. My brain is going, “Why is the Doctor talking with an American accent?!” 

  • I’d also like to say this. Dear writer, do your research. Broadchurch was 8 episodes. Gracepoint will be 10 episodes.  How can I even take this article seriously when it was poorly researched and references an obscure and badly written  blog about Tennant’s accent?

  • You complainers amuse me. Do you realize remakes have been done on many shows? That Ugly Betty was a Brazilian show that’s been remade nearly 100 times? “The Americans” didn’t remake Gracepoint, the writer of Broadchurch did.  I’ve followed the filming very closely. There’s more than just a different ending, the characters are more in-depth, there are ten episodes and a different ending. Tennant’s accent is fine, I’ve heard quite a bit of it. (it helps to know people who were there, but hush! Non-disclosure statements are legally binding)  I’m glad it’s been done. Now where are the complainers for the French remake?

    • sorry mate, I agree with everything you said, except… Ugly Betty was Colombian and a huge hit here in South American. For someone who so openly criticised the writer of the post, you should have researched too…

  • everything seems the same, even the camera angles and dialogue… why can’t American’s just enjoy the original, why does an American remake have to be made so soon after the original?

  • loved Broadchurch……. was awesome………. 
    looks like Gracepoint may well be also…
    …….I just hope that Fox doesnt’ screw it up…………
    remember Firefly and the out-of-order episodes….

  • Wow, this is going to be as awesome as the American remake of Red Dwarf!

    That accent, on that man…Anybody care to join me aboard the Nope Train to FuckThatville?

  • How come everyone in America is convinced everyone in the country is an idiot (with the exception of them, of course)? Some TV series in America are bad, some are good. The same can be said of any country’s product.

  • The accent – I mean, come on, it’s not like we don’t have foreigners living in this country.  They very well could have explained an accent (even if it’s his “english” one) away pretty easily.  It’s def better than his previous attempts but he sounds like a drawly Martin Sheen.  The story – same but different?  I dunno, that trailer looked like – same.  BUT, what piqued my interest in the trailer?  Nick Nolte, yeah I know!  But I have a feeling he’s going to have fun with his character.  I have misgivings to be sure but I’ll have to wait and see.

  • I’m super excited for this. I know that I’ll get a lot of crap for saying this, but sometimes the american version is better. Not always. Not even most of the time….sometimes. With the original writers and David onboard, I have a feeling it’s going to be good. Give it a chance. 
    And yes, he has an american accent. It’s set in Cali, of course he’s going to sound american. It’s called acting. He’s playing a role. Get over it! 
    I love his normal speaking voice as much as the next Doctor Who fangirl (because David is my doctor ) but it’s a character. No one seems all that mad at Martin Freeman for not being british on Fargo.
    I think this will be a good transfer. I can’t wait for this fall. 

    • just a note because I’m a nit-picky person (sorry) but The Doctor’s voice isn’t David’s normal voice, The Doctor speaks in a british accent, but David is actually Scottish. (and maybe you do actually know this and i’m just misinterpreting the way you wrote so apologies if that is the situation)

  • The smart nerdy people know who Tennant is . The rest don’t . If it helps him break into US TV for everyone then great. It’s a Win Win to have more Tennant on our TV either way . If you didn’t already know and love him, the accent isn’t that bad .  Plus Anna Gunn looks more kickass than her UK counterpart. How can anything about this be negative ? 

    • Broadchurch was one of the best series I’ve seen on BBC America.  The Brits got it right from the beginning and I doubt if I’ll be tuning in to the Americanized version.  

  • I can’t wait to see it, because I love David Tennant and I loved Broadchurch.  To be honest BBC America cut the shit out of the original for no reason than to do extra commercials.  Also the murderer as Joe just never sat right with me, if Tom had done it and Joe covered it up, would have made more sense to me. So I can’t wait to see who Fox has as the killer.  Also I am hoping this will give exposer to the great talent that David is to a much wider audience and Hollywood top brass.  Also The US and British TV and Movies have been steeling from each other for decades, so why fight about it now!!  I love David’s native Scottish accent and also his 4 or 5 different regional English accents and his Welsh accent, so I am sure I will love his American accent.

  • Why do they do this shit? Americanized anything. Ju-On was not good enough. Americanizing it makes it better. Bullshit. If anything, the past fifty years has shown that Americanizing anything dooms it to extinction. I live here and I have come to hate this country. I can’t begin to imagine the depth of the loathing that other nationalities feel.

  • I will absolutely be watching. David heads a brilliant cast that does not include a jiggling teens or vampire teeth. For once, we have an intelligent drama.It’s not the first time we have Americanised a British show or they us. Law and Order UK was brilliant.

  • Broadchurch was one of the best things I have seen on TV in recent times.  I want to watch Gracepoint, but just don’t trust the networks anymore.  What if the ratings are not what they want? They will cancel it before it ends. I think I will wait for it to air completely then find a way to watch it.  Been burned too many times
     

  • Why? Why would Tennant do that? $$$ obviously. I loved the Broadchurch series. This trailer shows it’s retold exactly the same way. Is there ANY British television property that we don’t co-opt?

    • Money, vanity, desperation to break into the US market – all of the above. Fox were stupid to order this sight (and crucially sound) unseen for a full series and now it is back-firing. Anna Gunn and Nick Nolte and some of the other big names won’t be affected by this failure but how about actors in smaller roles who have spent the last four months hoping for a break in what they would have been told was a quality/high profile project and now finding thanks to Fox executives being too lazy to see if their star name was up to the part that they have wasted their time. Total fail.

      • How can you say that, I have seen everything David has done and he has never failed.  As far as vanity and desperation, David is not vain or desperate, he is a very down to earth guy. He is happy to be a big fish in a little pond, as long as he works, he is happy!  Also how can you determine the quality of a show on the basics of a trailer. Yes the trailer looks like Broadchurch but it seems to mostly show shots from the first episode which Fox said was going to be the same as Broadchurch and which Chris wrote but from then on would change things. So give it chance or just don’t watch but don’t presume to know what will happen.

  • I guess it’s nice that it’ll get distribution to a wider American audience, but other than that, watching the trailer, I very much wonder…what was the point?  This looks to be literally a shot-for-shot remake of the original, so if you’ve already watched Broadchurch, is there really any point in seeing this?

  • I love David Tennant to pieces but this is truly awful. It looks awful, sounds awful and the actors are awful. There’s no conviction or drama there anymore. It’s basically a carbon copy of our original version. Why can’t Americans just settle with our original British version which hit the nail on the head?! Why do they need to remake everything?! This is truly looks awful. 

    • Wow Oscar nominated actors are awful, huh? 

      Honestly, this looks so much like Broadchurch–down to same blocking of movement.  If Broadchurch wasn’t awful, how can this be?

      Furthermore, not everyone gets BBCA and so not everyone got to see Broadchurch.  I am proud that Americans can now see David’s brilliance–in whatever accent he is in.  Give him and the show a break, people.

    • Oh aren’t we a bit full of the hyperbole this day? The actors are absolutely not horrible. Don’t be absurd. And to say it looks awful is just you being narrowminded and biased and basically throwing a tantrum. Just don’t watch.

      I love Broadchurch myself but I don’t blame Fox for trying this. I’m just glad we got Tennant in it. I’ll probably still prefer Broadchurch but anything to get Tennant on tv more is a good thing.

    • I’m an American who uses subtitles for everything I watch when they’re available. It makes it much easier to understand when actors mumble, when a loud car drives by our open window, or any other number of occasions. Don’t be so quick to be a jerk. 

    • We have quite a bit of British accents floating around on American tv, btw, outside of BBCA…  “Reign,” “Sleepy Hollow” are two that directly come to mind, I’m sure there are others. 

      By the way, not every American fits into your little stereotype…  Judging by where your name likely is from, I would just assume not to stoop to your level.

    • We read just fine. Not that I needed subtitles to watch Broadchurch. Stop promoting stereotypes to make yourself feel better. It just makes you sound petty.

    • Easy there Jonah.  I don’t need the subs for my British programs, but that’s because I’ve an ear for the dialect, but trust me subs help some of us.  My dad made me put them on for “Sexy Beast” recently, and he loved it.  As for the language proper, believe me, I loathe the bastardization of our language.  We love the stuff from over there.  Blame the networks and that pit of hell for the untalented Hollywood for the abject thievery of anything worth watching on BBC.  

  • I read a comment made in the press that said this would do for David what House did for Hugh Laurie, and I LOVED Broadchurch, but I don’t think that this is David’s big break in America.  As wonderful as he is, the part is so reserved and subtle that I don’t think it will resonate with viewers who aren’t already fans of his.  I sincerely hope I am wrong.

  • Well, if it’s essentially a shot-for-shot remake of Broadchurch, then at least it should be pretty good.  But then what’s the point?  Changing the killer is huge, but if everything’s so similar to the UK version, where the identity of the killer is so specifically important, I just can’t imagine how they can get away with doing something different here.

  • I’m terrified of this. Fox always ends up destroying fantastic shows. I swear by Zeus, if Fox ends up airing the show out of order like they did Almost Human and Firefly, I’ll go to the dark web and browse assassins. Screw Fox. @#$%ing clown shoes

  • The trailer looks EXACTLY like Broadchurch. It’s the exact same show as far as I can tell. I really hate that David’s first real American debut is this. I’m going in with low expectations, so hopefully they’ll prove me wrong. 

  • To me it appears that they have just taken the lines from Broadchurch (which was AMAZING) and just said it with an American accent. It just is disappointing when American television is unable to come up with their own ideas and they have to keep replicating British television (The Office, Skins, Sirens). Just wish they could be more creative.

  • It’s so strange hearing him with an American accent… Will definitely give Gracepoint a shot because I’m certainly not going to protest more David Tennant on my TV!

  • I don’t know. It pains me to hear David with an American accent. Why waste such a pretty voice? Plus Broadchurch was so brilliant and I hate that it had to be “Americanized” to get on TV over here (besides on BBCA).

      • It really is.  Once in a while something faint sneaks through.  They could have done it with his natural accent or a British one and just wrote it into the story.