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TCA: Fox’s ‘Gracepoint’ Producers Promise It’s Not A Reproduction Of British Original

TCA: Fox’s ‘Gracepoint’ Producers Promise It’s Not A Reproduction Of British OriginalFox’s Gracepoint, an American remake of the British series Broadchurch, is not a shot-for-shot recreation — though it may seem like it’s going in that direction in the first two two episodes, after which it will begin to differ substantially, the exec producers promised to dubious TV critics this afternoon at the TCAs.

The first portions of the British eight-parter were “so well done, why would we contort ourselves to tell it differently?” Carolyn Bernstein said when some critics commented about how the two episodes they’d seen of Gracepoint replicated early Broadchurch episodes“We didn’t want to fix something we all thought was excellent,” Bernstein explained at Summer TV Press Tour 2014. She and EP/showrunner Dan Futterman promised it will begin to differ substantially.

Further muddying things, in October, Fox announced that Broadchurch star David Tennant had been cast in its 10-hour series. In Fox’s version, Tennant plays an American detective who is the lead investigator in a shocking murder that puts a small town under scrutiny. Though this time it’s set in an American town,  like the original it follows the tragic and mysterious death of a young boy found dead on a beach surrounded by rocks and a jutting cliff face, from where he may have fallen. Although his cause of death remains unsolved, the picturesque seaside town where the tragedy occurred is at the heart of a major police investigation and a nationwide media frenzy.

The American version purports to have a different killer.

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Fox’s New Series Trailers: ‘Gotham’, ‘Gracepoint’, ‘Red Band Society’, ‘Mulaney’, ‘Utopia’, ‘Backstrom’, ‘Empire’, ‘Heiroglyph’, ‘Wayward Pines’, ‘Last Man On Earth’

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 2:55pm PDT

Fox Upfronts 2014Check out the first look at Fox‘s new comedies and dramas as part of the 2014-2015 series orders. Check back for more as they come in.

Gotham – Fall Drama
Produced by Warner Bros TV and based upon characters published by DC Entertainment. From writer/executive producer Bruno Heller, director/executive producer Danny Cannon and executive producer John Stephens.

Gracepoint – Fall Event Series
Produced by Shine America in association with Kudos and Imaginary Friends. From writer/executive producer Chris Chibnall and executive producers Anya Epstein, Dan Futterman, Jane Featherstone,John Goldwyn and Carolyn Bernstein. Futterman and Epstein serve as showrunners.

Red Band Society – Fall Drama
Produced by ABC Studios in association with Amblin TV. From writer/executive producer Margaret Nagle and executive producer Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Sergio Aguero and director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.

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Gregg Henry Upped To Regular On ‘The Killing’, Sarah-Jane Potts Joins ‘Gracepoint’

By | Wednesday February 12, 2014 @ 10:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

craighenryGregg Henry has been promoted to a regular for the fourth and final season of The Killing on Netflix. He will reprise his role as Detective Carl Reddick, which he originated as a recurring last season, appearing in 10 of the 12 episodes from Season 3 on AMC. Henry, repped by Domain, also recurred on ABC’s Scandal and will be seen in Marvel’s  Guardians Of The Galaxy. 

pottsBritish actress Sarah-Jane Potts (Felicity) has joined Fox’s 10-hour event series Gracepoint, a remake of the UK’s Broadchurch. She will play Gemma, a sharp and flirty British woman who owns the town’s hotel where Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant) is staying. The role has been recast, with Potts replacing Georgina Rylance. Potts, repped by Pakula/King and managers Martin Berneman & Meghan Schumacher, recently did a stint on long-running BBC series Holby City.

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‘Gracepoint’ Recasts Role, ‘Manhattan’ Adds Regular

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 10:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Georgina Rylance has departed Fox’s 10-hour event series Gracepoint, a remake of the UK’s Broadchurch. Her role Gemma, a flirty woman who owns the town’s hotel where Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant) is staying, is being recast… rachelRachel Brosnahan was recently added to the cast of WGN America’s 13-episode drama series Manhattan, from Skydance Productions. Set during the clandestine mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, NM, Manhattan follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families. Brosnahan, repped by Carole Dibo Talent Management and Innovative, will play the wife of one of the scientists (Ashley Zukerman).

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Georgina Rylance Joins ‘Gracepoint’; Analeigh Tipton Boards Jeff Lowell Project

By | Friday January 24, 2014 @ 5:00pm PST

gracepoint1Georgina Rylance rounds out the cast of Fox’s 10-hour event series Gracepoint, a remake of the UK’s Broadchurch. Rylance will play Gemma, a flirty woman who owns the town’s hotel where Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant) is staying, and with everything going on in Gracepoint she could be bankrupt by the end of the year. Rylance is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency and manager Nicolas Bernheim.

Analeigh TiptonAnaleigh Tipton has joined Jeff Lowell’s untitled single-camera comedy project for ABC in the role of Dana. The show is described as a romantic comedy that exposes the unfiltered internal monologues of a young couple embarking on a new relationship. Tipton is repped by CAA, Mosaic and attorneys Joel McKuin, Jeff Frankel and Scott Whitehead.

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Fox Adds Kendrick Sampson To ‘Gracepoint’, Kelsey Chow To ‘Hieroglyph’

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 6:16pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

iversonKendrick Sampson has been cast in Fox’s 10-hour event series Gracepoint, a remake of the UK’s Broadchurch. The project, from Shine America and Kudos, centers on Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant), the lead male investigator on the case of a shocking murder of 11-year-old Danny that puts a small town under scrutiny. Sampson, repped by Abrams Artists and Management 360, will play Dean Iverson, who works shifts oystering, busing tables at his uncle’s restaurant and saving money with the hopes of going to community college. He is dating Chloe to the disapproval of her parents, Mark (Michael Pena) and Beth (Virginia Kull). Read More »

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Nick Nolte In Fox Event Series ‘Gracepoint’

By | Monday December 23, 2013 @ 8:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

nick nolteIn 1976, Nick Nolte burst into the scene with a starring role in a mini-series, ABC’s 12-hour saga Rich Man, Poor Man. Thirty seven year later, Nolte is returning to longform TV with a regular role in Fox’s 10-hour event series Gracepoint, a remake of the UK’s Broadchurch. The project, from Shine America and Kudos, centers on Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant), the lead male investigator on the case of a shocking murder of 11-year-old Danny that puts a small town under scrutiny. CAA-repped Nolte will play Jack Reinhold, the stubborn, willful owner of the kayak rental on the beach as well as the local wildlife observation program, where the murdered boy was one of his volunteers. This marks only the second major TV gig for Nolte since Rich Man, Poor Man; he also starred on the HBO drama series Luck. Nolte has been focused on features, earning three Oscar nominations, most recently for Warrior.

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Josh Hamilton Joins Fox’s ‘Gracepoint’, Joanna Adler Added To ‘Devious Maids’

By | Friday December 20, 2013 @ 2:06pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

joshhamiltonJosh Hamilton, who is coming off American Horror Story: Coven, has been cast in another limited series, Fox’s Gracepoint, a remake of the UK’s Broadchurch. The project, from Shine America and Kudos, centers on Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant), the lead male investigator on the case of a shocking murder of 11-year-old Danny that puts a small town under scrutiny. Hamilton, repped by UTA, will play Joe Miller, Det. Ellie Miller’s (Anna Gunn) husband.

joannaadlerJoanna P. Adler has joined Lifetime’s dramedy Devious Maids, from ABC Studios, as a new series regular. She will play Opal, a new maid who is secretive & conniving, reminiscent of Mrs. Danvers from Hitchcock’s Rebecca. Adler, repped by Liebman Entertainment and Schreck Rose, recently recurred on Orange is the New Black & 30 Rock. She joins fellow new Maids regular Dominic Adams.

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Michael Peña Joins ‘Gracepoint’, Ruben Santiago-Hudson Cast In ‘Public Morals’

By | Thursday December 19, 2013 @ 2:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

penaMichael Peña (Gangster Squad) is set to co-star in Fox’s event series Gracepoint, a remake of the UK’s Broadchurch. The project, from Shine America and Kudos, centers on Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant), the lead male investigator on the case of a shocking murder of 11-year-old Danny that puts a small town under scrutiny. Peña, repped by repped by CAA, Management 360 and Rick Genow, will play Danny’s father Mark Lasseter, a well-liked local plumber and family man. Like anyone else, Mark is left devastated by the murder, but as his wife, Beth (Virginia Kull), suspects, he may be hiding something about that fatal evening. Peña, currently seen in American Hustle, is wrapping Sony’s Fury opposite Brad Pitt and next stars in Chavez as Cesar Chavez. Read More »

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Kevin Zegers Joins Fox’s ‘Gracepoint,’ Amy Gumenick Added To AMC’s ‘Turn’

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 3:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

zegersKevin Zegers (Transamerica) is set to co-star in Fox‘s event series Gracepoint, a U.S. remake of the UK’s Broadchurch. The project, from Shine America and Kudos, centers on Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant), the lead male investigator on the case of a shocking murder of 11-year-old Danny that puts a small town under scrutiny. Zegers, repped by ICM Partners, Station 3 and Hansen Jacobsen, will play Owen Burke, a handsome, clever and extremely laid back young reporter on the local town newspaper. With the arrival of a big city journalist, his dormant ambitions are awakened – getting both himself and his aunt Ellie (Anna Gunn) in big trouble.

gumenickAmy Gumenick is set to recur on AMC’s upcoming period drama series Turn. Set in the summer of 1778, it centers on farmer Abe Woodhull who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence. Gumenick, repped by Seven Summits and TalentWorks, will play Philomena who is quite taken with British Spymaster John Andre (JJ Feild) and is recruited by him for some undercover work of her own.

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Duo Join Fox’s ‘Gracepoint’ As Regulars; FX’s ‘Braddock & Jackson’ Casts Daughters

By | Tuesday December 3, 2013 @ 4:52pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

kullkevinrankinEXCLUSIVE: Kevin Rankin (Breaking Bad) and Virginia Kull (The Following) are set to co-star in Fox‘s event series Gracepoint, a U.S. remake of the UK’s Broadchurch. The project, from Shine America and Kudos, centers on Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant), the lead male investigator on the case of a shocking murder of 11-year-old Danny that puts a small town under scrutiny. Rankin, repped by Abrams and Evolution, will play Paul Coates, Gracepoint’s well-intentioned but inexperienced local minister who becomes the town’s defacto spokesperson in the wake of the tragedy. Kull, repped by Innovative Artists and Sanders Armstrong Caserta, will play Danny’s mother Beth. Anguished by her loss, Beth is hungry to discover the truth behind her son’s untimely death.

millerdanielewattsMcKaley Miller (Hart Of Dixie) and Daniele Watts (Weeds) have been cast as regulars in Braddock & Jackson, FX/Lionsgate’s 10-episode comedy series starring Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence as Chicago lawyers from vastly different backgrounds who develop a partnership after they unexpectedly meet in court on the worst day of their lives. Miller, repped by Management 360 and the Osbrink Agency, will play Grammer’s daughter Lizzie. Watts, repped by Luber Roklin and Abrams Artists, will play Lawrence’s daughter Laura.  

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Anna Gunn & Jacki Weaver Join Fox Event Series ‘Gracepoint’, James Strong To Direct

By | Monday November 18, 2013 @ 10:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Breaking Bad‘s Anna Gunn and Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) are set to co-star opposite David Tennant in Fox‘s event series Gracepoint, a U.S. remake of UK’s Broadchurch. James Strong, who directed the pilot and multiple episodes of the original series, has come on board to direct multiple episodes of the Fox version — including the opening hour, on which he will serve as executive producer. Gracepoint, from Shine America and Kudos, centers on Detective Emmett Carver (Tennant), the lead male investigator on the case of a shocking murder that puts a small town under scrutiny. Gunn, repped by UTA and The Schiff Co., will play Detective Ellie Miller, a wife and mother who was passed over for a promised promotion in favor of an outsider, Carver, but her disappointment quickly fades in light of tragedy. Weaver, repped by ICM Partners, Elevate Entertainment and Felker Toczek, will play Susan Wright, a glowering, mysterious woman who is new to town. Read More »

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