US television network Fox has announced that they will be adapting the hit UK programme Broadchurch as an event series for the 2014-15 television season. Series creator Chris Chibnall will executive produce the series, which is said to be set in an American town, and write the episode premiere. Production is expected to begin in January.

The news was announced today during Fox’s panel at the Television Critics Association event taking place in California. Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly had this to say: “Broadchurch is the kind of storytelling that grabs your attention and keeps you riveted with every minute — which is exactly what we look for in an event series. We’ve seen how well-received it’s been in the UK and we’re lucky to be able to bring a new version of this mystery to the U.S. audience.”

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Ahead of the network’s Thursday presentation to the Television Critics Association (TCA), Fox handed out a series order to the adaptation of Broadchurch, the UK’s most-watched drama of the new year. Series creator Chris Chibnall (Dr. Who, Camelot) will executive produce the new incarnation, with production beginning in January for a debut during the 2014-15 season.

Chibnall will pen the premiere episode and executive produce the series with Shine America’s Carolyn Bernstein (The Bridge) and Jane Featherstone (The Hour, Utopia) from drama producers Kudos. The series will be distributed by Shine International.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

Broadchurch is the hit crime drama starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman. The series examines how a small seaside community reacts after it becomes the focus of a police investigation following the mysterious death of an eleven-year-old boy. Broadchurch was the number one drama for the months of March and April for ITV. The original series is currently airing on Friday nights in Australia, and premieres 7th August on BBC America and 4th August on Canada’s Showcase Channel. It will also air in Brazil starting on 5th August and Sweden on 19th August.

For more details, see our dedicated Broadchurch pages – but beware of spoilers!

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline

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