In a move that’s probably not all that much of a surprise to most, all things considered: Fox has decided to not give a second season to its event series, Gracepoint. You know, that show that was a remake of the very, very good BBC series, Broadchurch?
Entertainment Weekly is reporting the news, saying that the David Tennant and Anna Gunn detective drama will not be given another go — even though its predecessor has a new season (and it’s coming soon!) coming up next year. It was never a given, considering its billing as a “limited series” but, as Under the Dome has shown us, that distinction pretty much means nothing, so long as people are watching. But watch Gracepoint they did not — last week’s finale brought in relatively low ratings for the network on a Thursday. Womp womp!
So instead all we’ll have to do is, really, what we should’ve done all along: stick with the original. Listen: Anna Gunn is fantastic and even I came around to David Tennant’s at-times slightly off American accent, but ultimately what made Broadchurch particularly great was its whole package: more than the top notch acting and writing, Broadchurch had a very distinctive and hauntingly beautiful look to it — at once serene and menacing. In its Gracepoint iteration, most of that magic was gone and replaced with a look that was far less cinematic and atmospheric. (Oh also the ending of Gracepoint was changed but, eh.)
Season two of Broadchurch hits BBC America on February 4, 2015. Are you sad to see Gracepoint go? Leave your thoughts in the comments.