‘Gracepoint’ goes through the motions

October 1, 2014 10:01 PM

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‘Gracepoint’ goes through the motions

Ever since “The Office,” I’ve learned to keep my big mouth shut about how American remakes of British series are doomed. The first years of the American “The Office” and the entire American “Shameless” so far stand as lessons in how to successfully reframe a series for a relatively different sensibility. These shows were endowed with their own distinct and rich identities right from the start; they were smart reinterpretations and remixes rather than replications.

“Gracepoint,” alas, is not among the triumphs. The new 10-part Fox series is a bland cover version of “Broadchurch,” which is an extraordinary British murder mystery about the death of a boy in a small seaside town. It simply goes through the motions of the original, without evoking the elaborate se...

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