Fox has a new crime series, and now it’s time to decide if you should you get invested or turn the channel! ‘Gracepoint’ premiered on Oct. 2 with a stellar cast and strong storyline. Can it be a hit for this fall?
The 10-episode crime drama, Gracepoint, has arrived — and now the critics have spoken. The series, written by Chris Chibnall and directed by James Strong, is a remake of Chris’s hit UK drama series called Broadchurch. Read on to find out if Gracepoint has what it takes to stick around!
‘Gracepoint’ Review — Is It Too Similar To The Original?
We’ve seen SO many spinoffs and remakes of popular TV shows, but they rarely live up to the hype! Can Gracepoint become one the rare shows that does live up to its awesome predecessor? According to the critics, the new Fox murder mystery series will totally keep you interested, but could fizzle out quickly. Here are the official reviews:
It’s almost impossible to watch “Gracepoint” (the first of 10 episodes premieres Thursday night on Fox) from a purely objective place and set aside the temptation to compare the two. In its first three episodes, “Gracepoint” mirrors “Broadchurch” practically shot-for-shot and scene-for-scene, even down to the dramatic pauses and the grief-stricken wails of the parents of a young boy who is found murdered on the beach of a small town near the California-Oregon state line.
Fox is now betting big that by importing the melodrama to Northern California, straightening out the accents, ratcheting up the drama and bathing the series in the spotlight of prime time, Gracepoint will trump its predecessor’s success. The network might just be right.
Gracepoint is good enough to keep you guessing, but not good enough to keep you from shrugging.
Whether imitation is the most sincere or most cynical form of TV flattery, Fox has a winning imitation with “Gracepoint.” It’s a closed-end mystery about the murder of a young boy in a peaceful seaside town, and it will wrap up that story in 10 episodes. It has a striking resemblance to “Broadchurch,” a hit quite recently on BBC America. In fact, it’s pretty much the same story, with names and a few details changed.
Fox’s “Gracepoint” is a near shot-for-shot remake of British drama “Broadchurch,” albeit served up in 10 episodes instead of eight. That’s not a bad idea, especially for the millions who haven’t seen the U.K. version, but it does make it harder to appraise this crime mystery strictly on its merits, even if the producers say they won’t rigidly follow the original, including (from this quadrant, anyway) its disappointing conclusion. “Broadchurch” rightly generated critical accolades, and its American twin is serious and spare. That said, this limited series doesn’t look like the answer to Fox’s Thursday woes.
You can catch the next episode of Gracepoint on Oct. 9 on Fox.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are you willing to give Gracepoint a shot? Will you be tuning in? Let us know.
— Brittany King