David Tennant Cast in Fox’s Limited Series ‘Broadchurch’

David Tennant Cast Fox's Limited Series
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'Doctor Who' alum to play the lead investigator in a grisly murder case

David Tennant has been tapped to star in Fox’s event series “Broadchurch.”

Tennant, who is best known for playing the tenth incarnation of Doctor Who in the Brit TV series “Doctor Who,” will portray an American detective in “Broadchurch” who is the lead investigator on a case of a shocking murder that puts a town under scrutiny. Tennant starred in the U.K. crime drama of the same name on which “Broadchurch” will be based. The original bowed on ITV earlier this year and recently ran here on BBC America.

“Broadchurch” was ordered to series by Fox this summer. It joins “24: Live Another Day” and M. Night Shyamalan’s “Hayward Pines” as a limited run series for Fox, as the net heads into the 2014 TV season with an emphasis on event-type programming.

Along with the Tennant casting news, Fox also announced today that Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein will serve as executive producers and showrunners for “Broadchurch.”

Shine America is producing “Broadchurch” in association with Kudos and Imaginary Friends. Series will begin lensing in January.

David Tennant is represented by UTA and Independent Talent in the UK.

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  1. Dave Smith says:

    Same actor. Same title. I hope Fox isn’t expecting full points for originality.

  2. Sally A says:

    I really don’t know how I feel about this. US poor track record for remakes; Tennant’s dubious American accent…. I just don’t know.

  3. I have always been disappointed by American versions of British shows. Broadchurch was an exceptionally moving murder mystery and I don’t want to see an American version ruin it.

  4. Yeah, American remakes of British TV shows and films are hit and miss. You have some successes like “The Office” and “Being Human,” and then you have everything else. lol. Although, I think it’s wonderful that David Tennant is going to be in the U.S. “Broadchuch.” It wouldn’t be the same without him. The good news is that Doctor Who, as it is, is so popular that I highly doubt U.S. networks could get away with a remake. :-)

  5. Daniel says:

    I believe DT can deliver, but we havn’t had much success revamping Brit TV.

  6. Really shocked at David tennant for accepting the same role in a US remake of a brilliant ITV production. How on earth can he better the performance he gave in the original Broadchurch? There is also the worry of his unconvincing american accent. It seems a really strange decision on David’s part considering he is getting so much work in the UK. By all means try your luck in the states but please, please dont ruin your reputation by recreating a role that you have already done and cannot be bettered.

    • Laurak says:

      He wants broader recognition in U.S. Great move for him. The series creator is on board. With the two of them, it won’t be a disaster, and David’s acting skills will only serve to make him more of an international star either way.

    • Frank W says:

      You know it’s for the money. The brits are crazy to work here because they get paid more. Patrick Stewart remarked that at a party of famous thespians, that was the number one subject of interest was his paycheck compared to the low pay in England.

  7. Rebecca says:

    I am torn.

    I *desperately* want DT to get the exposure he deserves in the US.

    He is arguably the best and hardest working actor in the UK (go look at his resume – between Shakespeare at the RSC & West End, TV, Movies, audiobook and radio play recordings, and guest appearances on others’ shows, the man barely sleeps) and he has been very badly represented by the networks and his reps in this country.

    But if this is as bad as other American remakes if shows I adore (witness their attempt to make Blackpool – Viva Laughlin anyone? – and Life on Mars) then no… really please don’t do it, DT.

    I know Chibnall is attached too, but seriously… it’s still stupid american excecs who have the last word.

  8. Scott says:

    And why cast David Tennant, who has an amazing Scottish accent, and make him AMERICAN?

  9. Esjay says:

    i need to know WHY? the Brit’s Broadchurch on BBC America is great. WHY?

  10. Ana says:

    If they’re using the same actor and the same story, wouldn’t it just be simpler to just air the original show?

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