A First Look at “Gracepoint” with an ‘American’ David Tennant

The series Gracepoint on American television is seemingly identical to ITV’s Broadchurch, except David Tennant has an American accent. Fox Network in the United States is producing Gracepoint. What’s it about?  When a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach, a major police investigation gets underway in the small California seaside town where the tragedy occurred. Soon deemed a homicide, the case sparks a media frenzy, which throws the boy’s family into further turmoil and upends the lives of all of the town’s residents.


Broadchurch vs. Gracepoint

Ok, it’s a bit odd to hear the greatness of David Tennant with an American accent, but it works. Did I feel the same way when I first heard that Martin Freeman had signed on to star in the FX series, Fargo? Definitely, but it worked to perfection too with Martin doing a spot-on Minnesotan accent.

If you have been either a faithful or occasional reader of Tellyspotting over the last 5 years, you know my feelings towards American re-makes of British telly. I can count on one hand (and not bother to use my thumb) the ones that have been successful over the years. Much like CBS’ Elementary, the American re-make of the BBC’s Sherlock, the American version of Broadchurch, Fox’s Gracepoint has potential.

David Tennant, who stars as DI Alec Hardy along with Olivia Colman in the ITV series, Broadchurch, also stars in the American re-make that will premiere on Fox in the States this Fall. Tennant, with an American accent in-tow, will star as Detective Emmett Carver, alongside Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) as Detective Ellie Miller.


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Gracepoint should be just as popular in the United States as Broadchurch has done in the United Kingdom. If Fox Network gives it time to catch an audience, they should see the same popularity. David Tennant is excited about the United States spin-off and will be back for next season’s Broadchurch in the United Kingdom.