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Gracepoint EPs: Fox Series 'Diverges In Significant Ways' From Broadchurch

Gracepoint Season 1 PreviewThe Gracepoint producers are out to copy the success of the UK series Broadchurch — with some major tweaks.

“The first order of business was, ‘Don’t screw up what works,’ because [Broadchurch] was fantastic,” executive producer Dan Futterman said Sunday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour in Beverly Hills. “We didn’t want to break what was working. But we also wanted to raise this show in a different country.”

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As such, the first two episodes play almost the exact same beats as the original drama. “We did consider different starting places, different ideas for the first episode,” exec producer Carolyn Bernstein revealed. “The way that the story was told [in Broadchurch] was so well done, why would we contort ourselves? It really felt like the smartest, best launching pad.”

But by the third or fourth episode, “It really diverges in significant ways from the original,” Bernstein promised.

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Added Futterman: “We end in a very different place,” one that sets up a potential Season 2. With a different killer than its predecessor…? “I don’t think you should rule anybody out as a suspect,” Futterman warned.

Meanwhile, star David Tennant was drawn to playing the same character in two projects for one simple reason. “What I can’t get enough of is good writing,” the actor said, adding that he sees his two incarnations of Det. Emmett Carver as “very different.”

Gracepoint debuts Thursday, Oct. 2 at 9/8c on Fox.