News Briefs: Anna Gunn and Jacki Weaver Will Star in Fox's Broadchurch Remake

WELL CAST, FOX... WELL CAST.

... Fox has found its leading lady for the spot opposite David Tennant in the Americanized version of the hit British series Broadchurch. Emmy-winner Anna Gunn, the actress behind Breaking Bad's most evil villain Skyler White (J/K, screw you Skyler-haters), will play detective Ellie Miller. Miller partners up with Tennant's Emmett Carver to solve the murder of a young boy in her picturesque hometown. Additionally, Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver has joined the series as Susan Wright, a mysterious loner in town. Finally, Fox decided not to call the project Broadchurch, but still wanted a pleasant-sounding two-syllable title, so the show's been renamed Gracepoint. I have a few questions for Fox regarding how it will retain the original series' morose yet beautiful tone and keep it from becoming an FBI shootout with Ryan Hardy sweeping in to save the day, but I guess we'll find out when it debuts during the 2014-2015 season. [Fox via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... ABC has shelled out a huge number of dollars for domestic rights to the Israeli reality series Rising Star, which is spreading across the world like a viral outbreak. The series is a monster hit in its home country, where its live performances have pulled in over half of the entire television-watching audience. Half! Here's the bad news: It's another singing competition show. But it's at least slightly different than what we're used to, and interactive, too. Basically, audiences watching at home offer instant feedback to the singer via an app, and huge monitors display social media messages. Viewer response determines whether the performers advance, in real time. Of course, America is so awesome that it has three different time zones, so how ABC is going to make this work is a mystery. Look for 10 episodes in the summer of 2014 as ABC tries to break into the singing game. [ABC via press release]

... NBC has ordered a single-camera comedy pilot called Bad Judge, starring Kate Walsh (Private Practice) as A) a transforming robot that conquers Earth in the search for a mysterious element named plotdevicium, B) a single, divorced superhero whose mom moves back in with her as she navigates the dating world of 20-somethings and also there are vampires and/or zombies and/or witches, or C) a bad judge. "C" is the correct answer of course, but the show will probably end up being more like option B by the time this thing makes it to air. What makes the main character bad? She's "a sexually unapologetic woman who lives on the edge." [Variety]

... Almost Human's post-football debut on Sunday did alright, drawing 9.1 million viewers. That came with a 3.1 rating in the adult demo. Cory reviewed the pilot, and we both decided that we liked it enough to be really excited for Episode 2. [EW]

... Dallas will return for Season 3 on February 24 at 9pm on TNT. This season, the Ewings will fight over who gets to keep J.R. Ewing's eyebrows. [TNT via press release]


... AMC is in talks to adapt the gritty comic book Preacher for television, and the comic world's head has collectively exploded. Preacher follows a Texas preacher who is combined with the spirit of some weird demon-angel child thingy called Genesis, which might make the preacher the most powerful being in the world. So he searches the country looking for God with his gun-happy friend Tulip and a hard-drinking Irish vampire. My friend told me to read this series a long, long time ago and when he gave me that description I was like, "No thanks." Now I feel dumb. Apparently Seth Rogen may be on board to produce. [Badass Digest / TV Line]

... Hey girl! TV One has renewed R&B Divas Atlanta and R&B Divas LA for a third season and a second season, respectively. No word on R&B Divas Rapid City, though. [TV One via press release]

... The CW's attempt to make a series based on comic character The Flash won't involve a backdoor pilot inside Arrow, even though the character will first appear in the young series starring Stephen Amell. The CW has a habit of backdooring pilots to lure in a like-minded audience, but the Flash series will go through the traditional production cycle. The decision comes after CW execs liked The Flash's test run in a few still-to-air episodes of Arrow, and wanted to give him his own pilot in order to flesh out the character more. [Deadline Hollywood]

... FX is developing a six-part miniseries about the infamous Dalton gang of the Wild Wild Wild Wild Wild West. Desperadoes would be based on the 1979 novel of the same name and be told from the point-of-view of the youngest Dalton brother, Emmett. [Deadline Hollywood]


WACKY NEWS

... Jay Leno is being sued by someone who just needs to chill out. Louann Giambattista, a flight attendant for American Airlines, was the butt of a The Tonight Show with Jay Leno joke in July, when reports surfaced that she sued her employer after co-workers claimed she brought pet rats on board flights and may have smuggled them in her underwear. Her lawsuit says Leno's joke made false claims that the woman engaged in bestiality with the rodents and that it has ruined her career, her sexual relationship with her husband, and her social life. Among Leno's quips about her: "If I were the rat, I'd have been been very upset. I prefer not to sit in cooch." Not bad, Leno! [The Wrap]


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Nov 20, 2013
I'm still not sure how I feel about the Broadchurch remake. The original was so good on its own that I fear what "americanizing" it will do.
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Nov 19, 2013
I'm not very familiar with The Preacher, but from this distance, it looks like it could go well with AMC - I can almost see it come together with TWD LOL
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Nov 19, 2013
The United Stats has more than 3 different time zones. There are 4 for the 48 contiguous: eastern, central, mountain and pacific. There are two in Alaska and one for Hawaii. Because they are not states I won't get into the time zones of the territories. I assume Tim was just talking about the four time zones of lower 48; despite giving him that assumption, he comes up one time zone short.
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Nov 19, 2013
Tennant was a great move for the Broadchurch remake, it doesn't necessarily mean I am looking forward to it.

The original is an amazing program.
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Nov 19, 2013
I'm still puzzled about this remake....
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Nov 20, 2013
I am too, why does everything have to be remade these days? Something original would be nice once in a while....
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Nov 19, 2013
SUing your employer is going to do far more damage to your career than someone making a joke about you.
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Nov 19, 2013
Isn't The Flash actually superhuman? Seems somewhat of a conflict for Arrow with it's 'merely' well trained humans.
Jacki Weaver may help things in US version but 'the loner' role was quite small overall in the original, so not much.
Is the description of the bad judge just a pc way of saying tart?
Preacher sounds iffy if it's based on lots of comic based special effects type things, which I can't see AMC adequately stumping up for. And if it has swearing in, again AMC will dilute the language down to suit it's weird policy on limited language but ok for gore but also constricted violent/sexual content.
Tim, did you inadvertently make a misquoted joke with your Leno "...been been..."?!!
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Nov 19, 2013
Good point on The Flash - he would be the first one with actual super-powers in Starling City.
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Nov 19, 2013
I want to see Preacher, come on AMC make this happen
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Nov 19, 2013
I hate the idea of Broadchurch being remade for TV in North America. I thought the original was AMAZING, very touching and sad, and provoked a LOT of discussion between my wife and I. Why not just run the British version in the states?

I presume it's going to be at least 12 episodes as opposed to the original's 8, and that will REALLY drag the story out unnecessarily.

I'm a big fan of Tennant and all of the actors in the original, so I don't think I want to watch this and ruin the impact of the first. In fact, I'm actually a bit disappointed that they are even making a sequel to the original, since it was a full and complete story that wraps everything up and left me feeling fully satisfied with the experience I had.
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Nov 19, 2013
"AMC is in talks to adapt the gritty comic book Preacher for television, and the comic world's head has collectively exploded."

My head exploded before I got to the comma in that sentence. I don't want AMC to make Preacher. HBO maybe, but not AMC. I hope that this project fizzles out, just like the countless attempts to make this into a movie.

Ugghh...now I'm thinking about all those times when I've read that someone is just about to start making a Preacher movie. It might work as a TV series, but the idea to make it into a movie makes me want to vomit on those idiots. There was that time when Karl Urban was going to play Jesse Custer. (Not a terrible choice, but not great either, and Preacher just can't be done as a movie). Years later, there was that time when the movie was supposed to be written by a guy whose most impressive item on the resume was Charlie's Angels 2. The best thing about the news we're hearing now is that it almost certainly means that that movie isn't going to happen.

I LOVE the Preacher story. It's one of my favorite stories of all time. But I don't think there are any actors that are awesome enough to pull off Jesse Custer or The saint of killers. I have really thought about it. I have many times tried to think of a person I would like to see as JC, but I have been unsuccessful. And pretty much every time I see an American actor in his fifties, I ask myself if he could play The saint of killers, and the answer is always no.
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Nov 19, 2013
Just so you know Israel uses a vary old and inaccurate viewers rating system. A 50% by this system is actually estimated to be somewhere around 15% by the US rating system (which is still ridiculously high by american standards).
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Nov 19, 2013
I Love "Preacher"! But I'll say the same thing I said when HBO was flirting with the property. -- Has anyone at the network actually read the comics? Sure It's got a vampire, and all kinds of supernatural stuff that will sell. But at it's core it's super anti-religion and specifically anti-christian, with things like an inbred, idiot, feces eating descendent of Jesus and the eventual murder of God. Not something I expect to see on AMC.
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Nov 19, 2013
Thanks for the heads up. I was interested in this show, by the description in this article. But if i want to watch another anti-christian show, i'll watch something on NBC.
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Nov 19, 2013
Seth Rogen is going to screw up Preacher like he did with the Green Hornet.
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Nov 19, 2013
Am I the only one fed up with remakes? If you can't find your own idea at least don't "americanize" the ones you borrow!
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Nov 19, 2013
Ok folks. Someone answer this question. Since broadchurch is being remade for the States and Tenant is in it, what does that mean for the original? Is it a 1 and done?
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Nov 19, 2013
no they are making a second season
Tenant will appear in both
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Nov 19, 2013
He is a Timelord after all. He can do both.
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Nov 19, 2013
Preacher sounds awesome.
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Nov 19, 2013
Read the graphic novels as they available and won't disappoint.
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Nov 19, 2013
If there is any justice, Gracepoint will tank like Low Winter Sun. It's a shame any actor, be it Gunn or Tennant (again), would want to be a part of this.
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Nov 19, 2013
So the other character's names are the same, but Tennant's is different? I don't get it. And is it by chance that they picked a town name that is one of the most popular names for (broad) churches these days? Still, I look forward to seeing David Tennant & Anna Gunn work together.
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Nov 19, 2013
I hated Skyler and that will never change.

Leno news... ugh, sue happy USA, go figure, wish i could sue the people who insult me, but they tell me its freedom of speech.

Flash, if done right, could be good or it could be another flop.

Nothing exciting in this news today....
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Nov 19, 2013
I hated Skyler the character too but the actress Anna Gunn is awesome.
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Nov 19, 2013
How do you throw away money??? You take a good show and you're going to make an exact copy of it.

I would understand if the show was from the sixties or at least a decade ago. If the show was in a language that's really annoying to listen to. Or if the original cast members won't be appealing to your audience. But this is hardly the issue with Broadchurch.

What's next? A Luther remake starring Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson??
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Nov 19, 2013
She should sue Leno just because he's Leno.
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Nov 19, 2013
Broadchurch was amazing, but first getting the same actor to play the same character and it not be the same version he was on is just idiotic. and now giving these two women characters with the same as the original just makes it seem like it'll be one of those horrible shot for shot remakes with the same script that the US networks like to do. (anybody remember Coupling?)

if they HAVE to make an American version, it should be him playing the same character but keep it in the same universe and have Interpol bring him over to help solve a NEW CASE with NEW PEOPLE.
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Nov 19, 2013
Wow that is well cast. Kudos Fox. I too wonder how they well they are going to do Broadchurch. I also wonder that with this, with Almost Human being pretty decent and Sleepy Hollow being awesome, how they are going to be able to justify the big bags of suck that Bones and The Following still being on the air.
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Nov 19, 2013
Well at least Bones and The Following are not remakes.
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Nov 19, 2013
But it doesn't make them good either. Bones was good I will give it that. The first 4 or 5 seasons were great. But it has become stagnant and stale and had the worst coupling between the two major characters in the history of TV. The Following was never good. It is a step or two below Under the Dome.
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Nov 19, 2013
I have to agree about Bones. I was waiting for the coupling to happen but when it did it just became awful. Haven't watched the Following though.
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Nov 19, 2013
I'm going to say "not very."
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