American remakes of European shows generally don’t work. (And vice versa.) Gracepoint, the US re-do of Broadchurch, doesn’t seem to have bucked that trend: after generally lukewarm reviews it was canned by Fox after one season. David Tennant reprises his lead role as tortured cop with a Secret Past, and Anna Gunn plays Olivia Colman. In truth, I can’t think of a single reason to watch this, unless you’re a Tennant stan. If you do, though, apparently it has a different ending. Inasmuch, that is, as the UK version actually had a season 1 ending, following its deconstruction in season 2 (ITV Encore, tonight, 10pm).
And the ongoing search for the highest of high TV concepts reaches its logical – if unpleasant and exploitative – conclusion, with new drama Parts, in which a reputedly wealthy heiress is kidnapped. In each episode her abductors send one of her severed body parts to someone connected to her past or present life, thus unfolding more of the mystery. So “Part 1” is her left ring finger, “Part 4” will be her right ear, and so on. Do you see how this works? It’s difficult to see how Parts could make it to a full 22-episode season, as they’ll presumably start to run out of limbs – Part 7 will apparently be her right hand – and one would guess that a second season with the same victim is completely out of the question. On the bright side, though, UK viewers are in the same position as everyone else, as the first episode is being shown everywhere today. April 1st.
And coming soon, some TV heavyweights: Mad Men, Louie, Treme, Jane the Virgin, Madam Secretary, and a show with dragons in it.