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More Casting News for American ‘Broadchurch’: ‘Gracepoint’ Lands Anna Gunn and Jacki Weaver in Key Roles

British mystery series Broadchurch was one of the most critically and commercially successful British series of 2013 – earning rave reviews from virtually everyone, or so it seemed. So it’s not entirely surprising that a US television network is jumping on the bandwagon to remake the show for American audiences. There are an awful lot of American remakes of British television programs languishing in the dustbin of history, after all – for every The Office that finds its own voice and success, there are a dozen US versions of things like Skins, Life on Mars, Gavin and Stacey, The Inbetweeners, Prime Suspect and others that were abject failures.

Nevertheless, the story of the Broadchurch remake is an interesting one. FOX is working with Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall to put together the US version – which now looks set to be called Gracepoint – and has already tapped Doctor Who star David Tennant to reprise his role as DI Alec Hardy from the original British series. Now comes news that further casting decisions have been made about the series and, honestly, they sound pretty promising.

Read on for more.

David Tennant’s Turn as Richard II to Broadcast in US Cinemas

Doctor Who star David Tennant is not only putting Ten’s brown trenchcoat this Fall, he’s also busy sporting a crown. The actor is currently starring in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard II in Shakespeare’s birthplace of Stratford-Upon-Avon, playing the titular monarch who is overthrown by his cousin Boilingbroke. (If this story sounds familiar, it’s because this play was recently included in Great Performances mini-series The Hollow Crown, though in that instance Ben Whishaw was the one giving the famous speech about sitting on the ground and telling sad stories of the death of kings.)

Early reviews praised Tennant’s “mesmerizing” performance in the lead role, even those that were a bit more iffy on the show overall. Though the most often-remarked upon feature does seem to be the impressive mane of hair extensions Tennant is sporting – a long, flowing sort of hairdo that is definitely different than almost anything you’ve seen the actor with before. (It’s also apparently to help underscore the whole Christ-imagery thing in the play itself, but. Well. Wow. There’s a lot of it.)

Luckily, there’s an alternative available for those of us who don’t have tickets or can’t pop to Statford to see this production (and the amazing hair) for ourselves. The RSC has decided to screen the play in cinemas around the world and it’s probably coming very soon to a town near you. (DC locals see the end of this post for details.)

The First Images From the 'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Special Are Here

Doctor Who fans around the globe are counting down the minutes until November 23 and The Day of the Doctor – the official broadcast of the iconic sci-fi series’ special 50th anniversary episode.

With just over a month to go until transmission, we’ve still seen no trailer for the special and we have only the sketchiest details about its plot. However, we finally do get a glimpse of what the episode has in store for us – the BBC has released a handful of pictures from The Day of the Doctor which, while not as good as a trailer, are plenty enough to start getting fans exciting and start whipping up speculation about what we can expect to see in this highly anticipated installment.

The new photographs feature current Doctor Matt Smith, former Doctor David Tennant and nebulous, as-yet-unidentified-how-he-quite-fits-in-yet Doctor John Hurt. While none of the new pictures reveal anything in the way of plot, they at least show all three Doctors together, as well as several other current and returning characters.

And, of course, it’s always fun to see what we can deduce from these seemingly harmless images. Let the speculation (and wild excitement) begin!

First Look: David Tennant in Upcoming BBC Drama ‘The Escape Artist’

Former Doctor Who star David Tennant is seemingly everywhere at the moment – still riding high off the critical and popular success of mystery series Broadchurch, the actor is set to reprise his Time Lord role for the Who 50th anniversary special, and is gearing up to star in the American Broadchurch remake we’re all not quite sure how to feel about. Now he’s got yet another drama headed our way, starring in the new BBC miniseries The Escape Artist.

Created and written by David Wolstencroft, the three-part drama stars former Tenth Doctor Tennant alongside Tony Kebbell, Sophie Okonedo, and Ashley Jensen. It follows the story of talented barrister (that’s British for lawyer) Will Burton, who is known for never losing a case and for his ability to get criminals out of tight legal corners. (That’s why he’s called “the Escape Artist”.) But when Burton agrees to defend a notorious murder suspect and manages to get him off on a technicality, the decision comes back to haunt him.

You can see a few snippets of footage in the BBC’s Fall “Original Briitish Drama” trailer, but this is our first proper look at the mini-series. Watch the trailer for The Escape Artist below.

David Tennant to Reprise Role in American Remake of 'Broadchurch'

Mystery series Broadchurch was one of the most buzzed-about dramas of 2013 on both sides of the pond –earning rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Therefore, it probably shouldn’t surprise many people that an American television network has already jumped on the chance to make a US version of the series. FOX is currently working with Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall, to craft an American remake of the eight-part drama. Chibnall will serve as the series’ executive producer, as well as write its first episode.

And now the American remake has gotten a bit closer to its British roots – TV Guide announced last week that David Tennant, star of the UK version of the series, will be reprising his role as the tortured lead detective assigned to investigate a devastating murder in a small town. Tennant, who is best known for his turn as the Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who, received high praise for his portrayal of a tortured divorcee put in charge of the investigation into the murder of a young boy. It’s being reported that Tennant’s lead investigator character in this American production will be virtually the same as UK version DI Alec Hardy, However, Tennant will apparently be doing an American accent for the FOX production, which makes a certain amount of sense, but still seems kind of strange at the same time. No other casting has been announced yet, but the choice of Tennant makes everything very interesting right out of the gate.

Having Withdrawal Now 'Broadchurch' Has Ended? Here’s What to Watch Instead

It is done. The final episode of Broadchurch: Series 1 aired on BBC America this week. After eight weeks of multiple dead ends and a few red herrings, we finally know who killed Danny Latimer. And quite a bombshell it was!

Understandably you might be experiencing a bit of withdrawal now that all the suspense and excitement is over. But never fear! The detective mystery is a genre that the Brits basically own. Just consider how many times the stories of Agatha Christie alone have been dramatized.

The next series of Broadchurch isn’t set to return until sometime next year so if you’re feeling a bit out of sorts and need a little whodunit pick-me-up, may I suggest a few series that might fit the bill?

First 'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Details (and Poster!) Revealed

Fans the world over are basically counting the minutes (seconds? milliseconds?) until November 23, when iconic science fiction series Doctor Who officially turns 50. And now, finally, with the big day looming just over two months away, we finally have a few concrete details about what the anniversary special will look like.

The episode’s title has been revealed – it will be called The Day of the Doctor, which seems fitting given that there are at least three versions of the character running around in this installment. The episode will be 75 minutes long, and will feature Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor somehow coming into contact with David Tennant’s Tenth incarnation, as well as the return of former companion Billie Piper as Rose. Oh, and theoretically we’re going to get some answers to that whole “and John Hurt is also a Doctor” cliffhanger from Series 7 as well.

The official poster for the episode has also been released online by BBC America, and if this isn’t enough to push your anniversary excitement levels into truly dangerous territory, well. Despite the fact that Tennant’s Ten is sporting a much, much less fluffy hairdo than we may remember, this poster is awesome

Brit TV Preview: Watch David Tennant in The Politician's Husband

After what felt like a decades long absence from our screens following his decision to hang up his sonic screwdriver as the Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who a few years ago, David Tennant suddenly appears to be basically everywhere at once, and it’s awesome.

Between The Spies of Warsaw, Broadchurch, upcoming drama The Escape Artist and his return to Who for the sci-fi series’ 50th anniversary special, we’re in the midst of something of a Tennant tsunami. And I think we’re all okay with that.

This time around, he’s starring opposite War Horse’s Emily Watson – and sporting some very dramatic hair – in BBC2’s The Politician’s Husband. The three-part drama is a companion piece to the BAFTA-winning The Politician’s Wife (both were written by Paula Milne), and follows the shifting balance of power in a marriage when a wife becomes more successful than her husband.

Tennant plays career politician Aiden Hoynes, a Senior Cabinet Minister whose political fortunes begin to wane just as the career of his wife Freya – a junior minister – starts to take off. Drama ensues.

Preview ITV’s Broadchurch Starring Doctor Who’s David Tennant

Get your first look at Broadchurch, the new eight-part mystery series starring Doctor Who alums David Tennant and Arthur Darvill. ITV has released the first trailer for the new drama, which will premiere in early March in the UK.

Written by former Torchwood showrunner Chris Chibnall, Broadchurch ranked fairly high up on my list of Most Anticipated Shows of 2013, mostly because of its absolutely stellar cast. The drama follows the events that unfold in a small town after the murder of a young boy places their peaceful community in the glare of a major media spotlight. Allegedly, the mystery series is at least partly inspired by popular drama The Killing, though let’s hope this particular version will more closely follow the trajectory of the Swedish original rather than the American remake. (Fingers crossed!)

You can watch the first official preview for Broadchurch in full below. It certainly appears to be an exceptionally emotional drama – almost everyone in this clip’s couple of minutes is either crying or in varying degrees of upset at some point. The slow motion action shots and melancholy music, combined with Tennant’s emotional vow to find whoever’s responsible for the child’s murder are all pretty affecting. It really does look quite good. (And scruffy is a good look on Tennant. Just saying. /shallow)

It’s a Doctor Who Reunion (Sort Of): BBC America to Air Eight-Part Drama Broadchurch

What a lovely New Year’s present! BBC America has acquired the rights to ITV’s Broadchurch – an eight-part drama that follows the events that unfold in a small town after the murder of a young boy places their peaceful community smack in the glare of a major media spotlight. This series is supposedly inspired by Swedish drama The Killing (which had an infamous – and unfortunate – American remake), so it’s probably safe to assume that’s probably the sort of atmosphere we’re going for here.

Broadchurch made my Most TV Shows Anticipated of 2013 list in large part because of its fantastic ensemble cast, which includes Doctor Who alums David Tennant and Arthur Darvill. (Not even two weeks into the new year, and I’m already getting wishes granted. Good sign? Here’s hoping.) Former Tenth Doctor Tennant plays one of the detectives leading the investigation into the crime alongside his partner, played by Olivia Colman (who’s been in a multitude of British shows including Twenty Twelve and Peep Show). Fresh off his stint as a companion in the TARDIS, Darvill plays the town priest and the ensemble includes several other familiar faces, such as This is England’s Vicky McClure, Garrow’s Law’s Andrew Buchan and Marchland’s Jodie Whitaker.

The eight-part drama is written and created by former Torchwood headwriter and occasional Doctor Who scribe Chris Chibnall. There’s no airdate on either side of the pond for Broadchurch at present, though internet gossip seems to suggest a vague “Spring 2013” premiere for the UK. Given that the series is slated for BBC America’s Wednesday night Dramaville block, previous experience tells us that US transmission should be occurring somewhere roughly 3-4 weeks behind the UK airing. If the recent seasons of The Hour and Whitechapel, as well as new drama Ripper Street, are anything to go by, this would appear to be the pattern. Here’s hoping, at any rate!

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