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Nick Nolte, Anna Gunn and David Tennant

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Question: I was wondering if you have seen Fox's Americanized version of BBC America's Broadchurch, now called Gracepoint? I watched the BBC America miniseries and therefore I already know who did it. Now I am sure the American version will have a different person, but how different can these shows really be? Even David Tennant is in it, playing the part he played on Broadchurch. Your thoughts? — Amy

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Inside Peter Capaldi's Wild First Season of Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi

Peter Capaldi remembers the car that came to his London home last August to drive him to the live TV special that revealed him to be Doctor Who's newest star. Because it only took him to a parking lot. "Like in a cheap British spy movie, I was dropped off and told to wait for another car to pick me up," says the actor, whose first full episode in the title role is the Season 8 premiere, airing August 23. "Then I was put in the backseat, covered in a blanket, and taken away to become the Doctor. This is a true story."

Here's the thing about Doctor Who: Its hero is a time-traveling alien (species: Time Lord) who periodically regenerates into a whole new being. Many actors have portrayed the "numbered" Docs — First... read more

Exclusive Gracepoint Video: Does Nick Nolte Have a Dark Secret?

Nick Nolte

On Fox's new 10-part, murder-mystery limited series Gracepoint, everybody is a suspect.

That especially includes Nick Nolte's character, Jack Reinhold, the gruff owner of the kayak shop who also teaches young boys about observing ocean life in the small titular seaside town. When one of those boys ends up dead on the beach, guess where the detectives — played by David Tennant and Anna Gunn— come looking for answers... read more

Critic's Notebook: Fox at TCA

Jada Pinkett Smith, Robin Lord Taylor

Gotham City to the rescue? Fox certainly hopes Gotham, its dark and stylish noir set in the corrupt, broken pre-Batman metropolis, will revive the fortunes of a network undergoing one of its most significant leadership transitions. (The architect of this fall's schedule, Kevin Reilly, stepped down in late May, and Dana Walden and Gary Newman, the Fox Studio heads who will take over network oversight in a more streamlined operation, won't start their new positions until the end of the month.)

The Gotham panel was the first and most impressive new-series presentation on Fox's day at the TCA press tour. (For more Fox news, go here.) With its revisionist twist on Batman mythology as it spills out origin stories featuring various supervillains-to-be, Gotham is the buzziest show on Fox's fall slate — airing on Mondays alongside breakout hit Sleepy Hollow won't hurt — but it's not without risk. read more

Gracepoint Boss: David Tennant's American Accent Is Impeccable

David Tennant and Anna Gunn

On Fox's upcoming drama Gracepoint, David Tennant will look familiar to his fans, but he'll sound decidedly different.

The former Doctor Who star plays the lead detective on the murder mystery, an American adaptation of the British series Broadchurch — which also starred Tennant, and in the same role. "We did not have to loop a single word of his American accent," executive producer Carolyn Bernstein told reporters at the Television Critics Association fall previews on Sunday. "His American accent is impeccable."
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Watch This Tonight: Broadchurch

Broadchurch

BBC America's murder mystery Broadchurch is this week's pick for BingeSaturday!

Set in a seaside British town, this dark drama stars Doctor Who's David Tennant as a detective leading an investigation into a young boy's murder. The whodunit series has garnered critical acclaim in its freshman season and has even inspired an American version, Fox's Gracepoint, which debuts this fall.

Find out more on Watch This Tonight:

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David Tennant, Olivia Colman and More Returning for Broadchurch Season 2

Olivia Colman and David Tennant

Original castmembers David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Andrew Buchan, Jodie Whittaker and Arthur Darvill will return for the second season of the murder-mystery series Broadchurch, ITV announced Monday.

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Fox Boss Talks Revamping Idol, Glee's Final Season, New Year-Round Programming Strategy

American Idol

American Idol will look a little different when it returns for Season 14, according to Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly.

Acknowledging that Idol is not the ratings juggernaut that it was in its heyday (the performance show has routinely been topped by Survivor this season), Reilly said on a conference call Monday that the reality competition show will get a reduced order when it returns in 2015, going from 50-plus hours of programming to about 37.

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2013's Best Episodes: Hannibal's Delicious Homage, Big Bang's Sexy Gameplay

Hannibal

Torture! Clones! Betrayal! Sexting! And just sex! From touching series finales (farewell, 30 Rock and The Office!) to Game of Thrones' brutal Red Wedding, 2013 was brimming with fantastic hours of television. TVGuide.com has compiled the top 25 episodes. Which ones made the cut? Tune in all week to see the full list.

What were the best TV shows of 2013?

Here are Episodes 20-16. (Catch up with Episodes 25-21.)
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Nick Nolte Joins Fox's Broadchurch Adaptation

Nick Nolte

Nick Nolte has joined the cast of Fox's Gracepoint, the American adaptation of the BBC's hit murder mystery drama Broadchurch, the networkd announced Monday.

The three-time Oscar nominee will play... read more

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