It’s one thing to remake a popular international show for American audiences that is in another language, or that might not be as readily accessible to American audiences, but remaking the UK’s Broadchurch seems beyond silly. The UK version, which is in the mother’s tongue, just finished airing here in America, and it was outstanding (or at least, the first and last episodes were). Why would we need an American remake of an English show that just aired on American television? Because of REASONS, that’s why.
To make matters worse, Fox has not only decided to remake the show, they’ve gone ahead and hired the same British actor to play the same role in the American remake. The only change? Tennant will sport an American accent, because the way Brits say the same words is just too confusing for network audiences.
You know who else remade a British show using the same British actor in the American remake? AMC. It’s called Low Winter Sun. No one watches it.
I have nothing against David Tennant getting more work — in fact, I applaud it — this is the height of unnecessary. Fox is going to take a very good eight-episode British series and drag it out until 10 or 13 episodes, and probably add a procedural component because the networks are under the assumption that, if at least one murder investigation isn’t solved in every single episode, viewers will lose interest.
Meanwhile, over in Britain, they are moving ahead with a second season to Broadchurch, and if you’ve seen the first season, you’ll probably be as confused as I about how that would even work.