“I think a good story is a good story,” said David Tennant at FOX’s Upfront Presentations earlier today.
Speaking to press about new FOX drama Gracepoint, Tennant (Doctor Who) and co-star Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) described the US adaptation of the critically acclaimed British series Broadchurch as a “universal story.”
“Wherever that story lands, people will be drawn to it and will want to come back for more,” said Tennant, expressing his confidence in the US adaptation of the material.
“I think this is a very universal story. People will want to come back and find out what happens. It’s as simple as that. Good writing is good writing, and I think this is extremely good writing.”
The new 10 episode event series will air Thursdays on FOX this Fall. Anna Gunn filled us in on the show’s premise.
“Gracepoint centers on the tragic death of a young boy and the impact it has on a small town, and how the town deals with the impact of the tragedy, what it uncovers about the people of the town, and how each individual person deals with it in their own way, how they overlap and how they meld and mesh together in that story.”
The drama kicks off when Gunn’s character Detective Ellie Mills finds herself thrust into an uncomfortable partnership with the experienced but secretive Detective Emmett Carver (Tennant) during the investigation of a murder which shakes a small rural town to the core.
“Ellie Miller is a Mom. She’s happily married. She has two boys,” explains Gunn. “She’s a detective who is very much expecting to come back to a promotion which she has worked very hard for, for many years. Then she finds on her first day back from vacation that the job has been handed over to somebody that she’s never met. She has to immediately begin working with him on the very day that this tragedy occurs.”
Gracepoint will air Thursdays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) this fall on FOX.
Meanwhile, with a second season now underway, David Tennant will also return to Broadchurch on ITV in Britain.