TVWise continues our Upfronts coverage with a first look at Fox’s new drama series Gracepoint.
Based on the British series Broadchurch, Gracepoint follows a major police investigation in the small California seaside town of the same name when a young boy is found dead on one of the town’s idyllic beaches. Described as an expansion on the UK series, the 10 episode drama will feature new suspects and thread new storylines through the gripping narrative. Leading the police investigation is Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant), who has just arrived in Gracepoint to fill a high position in the town’s police force. That job previously had been promised to Detective Ellie Miller (Anna Gunn), who, in light of the tragedy, must put any resentment aside and work the case with her prickly new boss. Detective Miller must break the news to her doting husband, Joe (Josh Hamilton) and her son, Tom (Jack Irvine), who was the best friend of the murder victim, Danny Solano (Nikolas Filipovic). Danny is survived by his grieving parents, Mark (Michael Peña) and Beth Solano (Virginia Kull), and his rebellious older sister, Chloe (Madalyn Horcher), who has an older boyfriend, Dean Iverson (Kendrick Sampson), unbeknownst to her parents.
All of Gracepoint is pulled into the investigation, including Jack Reinhold (Nick Nolte), a private man who runs the kayak rental service on the beach, as well as the local wildlife observation program, for which Danny volunteered. Susan Wright (Jacki Weaver), a mysterious woman, lives in the RV park near the coast, with her dog. The town’s minister, Paul Coates (Kevin Rankin), becomes the de facto spokesperson for the community as the media descends on Gracepoint. Danny’s death also impacts tourism, with the decline in visitors felt most harshly by hotel owner Gemma Fisher (Sarah-Jane Potts), a vivacious Brit with secrets of her own. Also touched by Danny’s death is Mark’s apprentice at his plumbing company, Vince Novik (Stephen Louis Grush). The investigation is followed closely by the town’s local newspaper reporter, Owen Burke (Kevin Zegers), who is Det. Miller’s nephew. Owen’s ambition is fueled by San Francisco Globe reporter Renee Clemons (Jessica Lucas), who has a history with Detective Carver and sets up camp in Gracepoint to cover the case. The riveting crime series carves a powerfully dark wake through the town of Gracepoint with a startling conclusion, as the detectives piece together what happened on the night of Danny’s death.