October 2, 2013 at 9:33 AM
About that U.S. version of ‘Broadchurch’
I watched “Broadchurch,” the British murder mystery starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman this season and was mesmerized by it; particularly the way creator Chris Chibnall crafted a small town that felt utterly real — you always wondered what was happening to the characters who were offscreen. Season 2, I hear, is in the works (it will be a “very different” type of story, says Chibnall); also under construction is an American remake of the series. Because, I guess, Americans will like it better if it’s set in the U.S.A.? Hmm. Anyway, word comes from TV Guide Magazine that Tennant will star in the U.S. version, playing a character “similar” to Detective Hardy, but with an American accent. (Speaking of accents: my one frustration with the series was that Hardy’s Scottish burr was occasionally unintelligible to my ears; anyone else experience that?) No word yet on additional casting; the U.S. version is expected to shoot in January and air during the 2014/15 TV season. If you haven’t caught up with the original “Broadchurch,” do.