Doctor Who fans will be happy to see the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) back on their television screens this fall, alongside Breaking Bad alum Anna Gunn Miller in Fox’s ten-episode series Gracepoint. If you haven’t heard of the mystery crime drama, it might be because the show is a remake of a British miniseries (also starring David Tennant) called Broadchurch. (Our editor compared the show to True Detective in this article back in August.) Fox’s Gracepoint revolves around the murder of a young boy in a seaside town and the two detectives struggling to solve the mystery. PluggedIn’s Paul Asay describes the show as “an Agatha Christie-like whodunit with the brooding, bleak atmosphere of AMC's The Killing” that is “built around its central mystery, its bone-chilling atmosphere and, of course, the town's hidden scandals.” Despite the heavy topic, Asay says that “explicit content is (so far) minimal.” Amidst a town of drug abusers, sexual deviants, and the town’s priest who “is not the man of God he at first seems to be,” the show “still manages to keep most of its focus on the tragedy that the murder of a child truly is.” Variety’s Brian Lowry finds Tennant’s reprisal role enjoyable enough (telling fans who haven’t watched the BBC show to “stay and see how the mystery plays out”), but his main concern is the danger of adaptation. “Not only do you lose part of the impact among those who watched the original,” Lowry explains, “but you trail far enough behind it to allow the inevitable clones to creep into the equation.” Lowry doesn’t necessarily believe a US version of Broadchurch ...1
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