TCA: Fox Orders Brit Crime Drama ‘Broadchurch’ to Series

Fox is adding another event series to its slate, ordering an American version of U.K. crime drama “Broadchurch” for the 2014-2015 season.

Broadchurch” joins “24: Live Another Day” and M. Night Shyamalan’s “Wayward Pines” as a limited run for the broadcast net, and the Fox order arrives just months after the Brit version of the drama bowed on ITV. Skein drew 10 million viewers for its season finale across the Pond.

“‘Broadchurch’ is the kind of storytelling that grabs your attention and keeps you riveted with every minute, which is exactly what we look for in an event series,” said Fox chairman Kevin Reilly. “We love the layered characters, we’ve seen how well-received it’s been in the U.K., and we’re lucky to be able to bring a new version of this mystery to the U.S. audience.”

No word yet on the specific episode order for “Broadchurch” by Fox.

SEE ALSO: REVIEW — “Broadchurch” on BBC America

Drama, set in an American town, will follow the tragic and mysterious death of a young boy found dead on an idyllic beach surrounded by rocks and a jutting cliff-face, from where he may have fallen.

Chris Chibnall, who created the original series, will pen the premiere episode and exec produce alongside Carolyn Bernstein and Jane Featherstone. Show will be produced in partnership with Shine America and distributed by Shine International.

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