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Bad TV

No no no no no. It’s bad enough that Hollywood hasn’t had hardly a new idea in a decade. It’s worse when they steal a great show from the UK and then screw it up in the process of Americanizing it. But the worst is when they just do a remake because they can, even if it has the same cast as the original.

Coming To TV This Fall: FacePalm, oops, sorry, I mean GracePoint

Last summer, there was a fantastic murder mystery mini-series broadcast on the UK’s ITV called Broadchurch, broadcast over here on BBC America. It starred David Tenant (ex Dr. Who, him with That Hair) as ailing Detective Hardy, who took a full 10 episodes to solve the murder of a young boy, found dead on the beach, in a very small town. The story leaks out and the media goes wild. He’s assisted by a female detective, recently promoted for PC reasons, and this is her first case. We watched, it was some of the best TV drama ever. The show cleaned up at the BAFTA awards, but got the snub here in the USA.

This fall Fox is bringing out Gracepoint, a 10 episode murder mystery about a young boy, found dead on the beach, in a very small town, with the crime investigated by ailing Detective Hardy, played by David Tenant (trying to do an American accent). The story leaks out and the media goes wild. He’s assisted by a female detective, recently promoted for PC reasons, and this is her first case.

Yeah, I get it. Olivia Colman, who played the female detective in the original, is primarily a talented actress. Not pretty enough. So she’ll be replaced by some big haired bubble boobied bint of arm candy for the American rehash. And they’ll have to add a couple of car chases and some gun play. And the proper quota of non-whites in the crowds.

Aside from that, it looks like a total clone. Insider reports say that the first 2 or 3 episodes are nearly identical to Broadchurch, but then the plot diverges to a different ending. Which means the killer was either the pedophile pharmacist, or Nigel, the dead lad’s dad’s assistant. 500:1 it was creepy beach lady. 1000:1 it was Rory (ex Dr Who junior companion) the creepy minister. I’m going with Nigel. Who’ll probably be renamed Steve or something hipster and cool and West Coast.

Go rent the Broadchurch disks. Or stream it. Or watch it at one of those online sort-pf-pirate sites. I can guarantee that the original will be better than the juiced up carbon copy.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/04/2014 at 02:55 AM   
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