Broadchurch, Series 3 and Series Review (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, recorded in April 2018, our panel of some of our most frequent CPU! voices – including Moderator Kylie, Kristen, Nick, Hilary, Kyle, and Krista – are Around the Water Cooler and discussing Series Three of British mystery/crime drama Broadchurch as well as Looking Back at the series as a whole. If you have not watched any of Broadchurch, be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think in the comments below and check out the blog and YouTube for other TV related discussions, in both podcast and blog format. Also, if there are other shows you’re interested in the blog covering, sound off below! Tell us what you like or don’t like. Keep the discussion going!

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PODCAST! – Around the Water Cooler and Looking Back at “Broadchurch,” the Season/Series 3 Recap and Series Review (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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THE SPECS:

Who:  “Broadchurch” is a British television crime drama, which aired for three seasons from 2013 to 2017 on iTV in the United Kingdom and on BBC America in the United States.

What: “Broadchurch” was created and written by Chris Chibnall and focuses, at least initially, on the death of an 11-year-old boy and the impact of grief, mutual suspicion, and media attention on the surrounding town.

SYNOPSIS

Series One focuses on the search for the boy, Danny Latimer’s, murderer by detectives Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman). The second series primarily focuses on two plot strands: the trial of Joe Miller and the reopening of the Sandbrook case, a case Hardy failed to properly solve, which brings him unwanted notoriety throughout the investigation of the Broadchurch murder. Series Three is set three years after the events of Series Two and follows the rape of a local woman.

When: Series Three originally aired on iTV in Great Britain from February 27 to April 17, 2017, and on BBC America in the United States from June 28 to August 16, 2017.

Where: In Broadchurch, the action takes place primarily in the fictional town of Broadchurch, in the county of Dorset, in the South of England, on the scenic Jurassic Coast and in surrounding areas, such as the county courthouse. Series Two does travel to the fictional town of Sandbrook, as David Tennant’s character, Alec Hardy, investigates a case from his past.

Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the podcast episode via the link below!  Of course, for the female members of the panel (Chief Couch Potato and moderator Kylie included), the primary reason was: David Tennant, David Tennant, David Tennant.  The male members of the panel sighed with moderate contempt and resignation at this revelation.  To them, we said, “Oh well!”  Just look at the man, for heaven’s sake:

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David Tennant: Perhaps the primary reason why the female panelists started watching Broadchurch

How – as in How Was It? – THOUGHTS

CPU! previously covered Series 1 and 2 of Broadchurch on the podcast as well as compared and contrasted the relative (de)merits of American remake Gracepoint.  To listen to that worthy analysis, from early in the CPU! annals (and out of the vault), click the embedded link below:

Broadchurch, Series 1 and 2, and Gracepoint, Season 1

Our now undoubtedly famous Broadchurch panel, with some of our most frequent panelists – namely Kristen, Nick, Krista, Hilary, and Kyle – have returned to the Water Cooler to engage in a heady, topical discussion about the mystery of Broadchurch Series 3, which could not be timelier or more relevant to current events.  We also, of course, spend ample time admiring David Tennant.  At least, the female members of the panel do.  As we did in our last episode, all of the panelists have quite a bit to say about this stirring and intense mystery, which they see as largely successful, despite the fact that the show (still) did not find American audiences quite as readily.  We also spend some time briefly looking back at the show as a whole and comparing all of the series, including how they made us feel and think as ready and willing viewers.  As always, it’s a deeply analytical discussion about the success of the show and the story, as well as the effects each had on each of the panelists.

This particular episode was recorded in April 2018, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points of all seasons of the British drama. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

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Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly!  Next Wednesday, our Stranger Things panel will finally return to the Water Cooler after a one-year hiatus to discuss and to digest the spooky, mind flaying second season of the acclaimed Netflix series.  It’s a lively discussion – and it’s better late than never!  Stay tuned!

Old Questions

1)  Will Joe Miller somehow return to Broadchurch, despite his banishment by the other residents of the town?  Kylie predicts that he will try to come back and to acquit himself in the town’s eyes because he has convinced himself, on the strength of his legal defense, that he is truly innocent.

ANSWER: Joe does not return to the town itself but returns to the series, when Mark Latimer (Andrew Buchan) seeks him out in his new home in a nearby coastal town.  Mark continues to struggle with his grief over Danny’s murder and to nurse a vendetta, wanting “justice” for Danny by ensuring punishment of Joe.  Though he tries to convince Beth (Jodie Whittaker) and the rest of the family to consider initiating a civil trial, given the failure of the criminal trial to convict Joe, they prove reluctant.  So, he takes matters into his own hands and finds Joe himself, with the very real intent to kill him, if he will not turn himself in properly.  Listen to the episode for details.

2) Series/season three is said to be focused around a sexual assault in the town.  Will the perpetrator be one of the characters we already know?  Or, will it be someone totally different?

ANSWER: The victim and perpetrators are new characters to the show and to the viewer.  Since we spend considerable time discussing both in the episode, you should just listen to it.

RECOMMENDATION & PARTING SHOTS

Our panel continues to recommend Broadchurch to fans of British television generally, fans of mystery and crime procedural shows, and fans of David Tennant.  Though Broadchurch remains moody, tonally dark, and extremely intense, and emotionally preparing oneself to watch this show may be necessary, the panel also universally agreed that Broadchurch Series Three is one of the better seasons (better than the second, not as good as the first). In any event, the panel continues to praise the entire show highly, noting it to be well-written, well-performed, well-shot, and well-directed and encourages anyone interested in high quality television to give it a look-see.

THE FUTURE OF THE SHOW

Broadchurch has officially ended.  The entire series is currently available to stream on Netflix. Did you watch Broadchurch?  Let us know in the comments, and tell us what you thought of any or all of its three seasons – or series if you’re British!  And stay tuned! Though our Broadchurch coverage is primarily done, don’t be surprised if the show makes an appearance or two in coming discussions, from time to time, as, after all, CPU! continues to expand our panel formats in new and exciting ways.

In the meantime, from our Broadchurch panel and David Tennant sister-wife commune (and the men who scorn it) to you, thank you for listening to our ongoing Broadchurch series, which now officially comes to a close.  To discover other shows discussed by CPU!, check here.  For now, we bid you adieu!

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Production still for Broadchurch, Series 3

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The Broadchurch Panel! (top, left to right, Nick, Kyle, Hilary; bottom, left to right, Krista, Kristen)

Doctor Who: The 2016 Christmas Special, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio,” and the Series 10 Preview (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, recorded in April 2017, our panel – including moderator Kylie, Kristen, Nick, and Sarah, while subtracting Amanda and adding CPU! regulars Hilary and Kyle – is Around the Water Cooler and recapping the 2016 Christmas Special of Doctor Who, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio,” as well as speculating upon Series 10, Peter Capaldi’s last as the titular Doctor. If you haven’t seen the series through the 2016 Christmas Special, be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think in the comments below and check out the blog and YouTube for other TV related discussions, in both podcast and blog format. Also, if there are other shows you’re interested in the blog covering, sound off below!

PODCAST! – Around the Water Cooler: Doctor Who – “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” Review and the Series 10 Preview (MAJOR SPOILERS)

Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who: “Doctor Who” airs on cable TV, specifically on BBC America.  Series 10 will premiere on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 9:00 PM.

What: “Doctor Who,” the long-running British science fiction show about an alien time and space traveler who gallivants across the universe with companions in an effort to save people and/or history and/or the universe itself.  The synopsis changes from Doctor to Doctor, but the above statement pretty much encapsulates all of them.

When: The 2016 Christmas Special, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio,” aired on December 25, 2016, at 9:00 PM on BBC America.

Where: The show is set literally everywhere in the whole universe at any given time, though not without the Doctor’s ship, the TARDIS, and some face of the man who pilots it.

Why:  Once upon a time (no, not that show), friends of the Chief CP said precisely this: “Why aren’t you watching Doctor Who?!  It’s science fiction, it’s British, it’s everything you love (short of vampires)!  Watch it! Do it!”  I started with the 2005 pilot of “Rose” and kept right on chugging. Now, I’m a fully converted Whovian, with an obsessive eye to both past, as in Classic, Who and the future incarnations of the “Madman in a Box;” I’ve joined a rotating roster of friends who are Whovians in their own right as we meet for another discussion “around the water cooler.” 

How – as in How’s It Going? (THOUGHTS…at present)

Welcome to the days leading up to a new season of Doctor Who! True to form, our CPU! “Who” panel of Kristen, Sarah, and Nick – less a panelist Amanda but adding familiar CPU! regulars Hilary and Kyle – plus the Chief CP, reconvened to dissect the 2016 Christmas special, including the stellar and interstellar as well as the parts that should really be exterminated.  We also take time to speculate upon the new companion, Bill (Pearl Mackie), and to guess at who might take over the titular Doctor’s two hearts, as Peter Capaldi made his departure the subject of an official announcement and effective during the 2017 Christmas special.

Give our latest Doctor Who rundown a listen, and tell us what you think in the comments – after all, the average rating of the panel regarding the latest Christmas special hovers around a 5.7.  We have many diverse reactions, though we pretty much agree that this latest entry in the Whoniverse does not wow. Do you agree?  Do you disagree? What are your hopes, fears, and expectations for Peter Capaldi’s (officially) final season as the enigmatic Doctor and his inevitable regeneration?  Can Alex Kingston or John Barrowman or Catherine Tate come back for more, as our original Who panelists continually hope?  What do you want?  What did you like?  What did you hate?  Tell us!  Tell them!

For previous CPU! Doctor Who episodes, check your podcast feeds or click the floating box up right within the header, the picture with the TV watcher, and search for those words!

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Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly!  Next Wednesday, a new panel of old favorites gathers together to sing a jaunty tune while Looking Back at divisive tween favorite Glee – it might just be CPU!’s own attempt at a musical episode as we sing around the water cooler.  Or…it might not be. Stay tuned to find out!

Questions, Impressions, and Future Considerations

Old Questions Are the New Questions

1) Is Gallifrey really back?  How is it back?  Is it only in existence at the end of the universe, where the Doctor met Me and Clara?  Or, is the confession dial some sort of inter-dimensional gateway?  Where is Gallifrey in current times and in current universes?  We need clarification.

ANSWER: The Christmas special did not answer this question, so we move it forward into the Series 10 list of questions.

2) Where did Missy go?  Will she be back?

ANSWER: We don’t know for sure where Missy went, but we know she will be back – plus, she’ll be encountering John Simm’s version of the Master from the David Tennant/Tenth Doctor era, as early press has spoiled.  When and how will all this transpire?  We have to wait and see in Series 10 (this question marches forward).

3) Can we see more of the Doctor’s most recent 24-year date with River Song?  The Christmas Special was universally the panel’s favorite episode.

ANSWER: So far, we only got a sideways reference to this glorious happenstance at the end of the 2016 Christmas special.  Our slowly more disappointed realization is that Alex Kingston and River Song may really be done…but we think showing us this 24 year interlude would make for a lovely anniversary special idea…

4) Who will the Doctor’s new companion be?

ANSWER: Her name is Bill, she will be played by Pearl Mackie, and she will be the first openly LGBT character in the Whoniverse.  That’s all we know so far…  Plus, Nardole (Matt Lucas) will be tagging along for awhile, apparently.

5) Stephen Moffat has announced that he will step down as show-runner after Series 10, and Broadchurch’s Chris Chibnall will take his place.  Unofficially, Peter Capaldi has suggested that Series 10 will also be his last as the Doctor.  Who could possibly be the new Doctor?  Feels too soon, doesn’t it?

ANSWER: Whether it’s too soon or not, it’s happening.  The search is on for a new Doctor, and the larger Whoniverse of Earth is wildly speculating – as is the CPU! Doctor Who podcast panel.  Listen to the episode for details (this question marches forward).

6) In the season premiere two-parter, when Davros tricked the Doctor into dosing him with regeneration energy, did that incident affect the Doctor in any way?  How many extra regeneration cycles does the Doctor have right now?

ANSWER: Still a question.  This Christmas special did not address much of the after effects of the Doctor’s last rides with Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), who is now playing Queen Victoria elsewhere.  Nor did it hint at much of his future.  It was very self-contained, in fact. So, this question moves forward.

New Questions

There are none!  “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” was merely an isolated episode whetting everyone’s whistle after a year-long Who absence.  Are your whistles whetted yet?  Get ready!  Allons-y!

PARTING SHOTS

The podcast panel’s reactions were, again, varied and diverse in response to the 2016 Christmas special, though ultimately underwhelmed universally.  One panelist continues to struggle with the 12th Doctor and the writing around him while others are less bothered by the Doctor’s actor but feel that the show during Peter Capaldi’s tenure has not been as engaging as the show during the tenures of David Tennant and/or Matt Smith.  The superhero theme of this Christmas special elicited such wide-ranging reactions of: “I didn’t mind it,” “I didn’t need it,” “It was forced,” “It was exposition heavy and continuity light,” “It was charming,” and “I’m just happy it was back.”  Many of the panelists, who are also on our superhero/comic book adaptation panels, enjoyed the comic book inspired Easter eggs hidden within the episode but also felt that some of the homage bend this episode utilized detracted from the “Doctor Whoness” of it all, given that so many other pop culture vehicles cater to the comic book crowd nowadays.  In any event, the entire panel with the (possible) exception of one and with the moderator and yours truly included, eagerly await the Series 10 premiere this Saturday.  As a reminder, Netflix and Hulu lost the rights to air the new series and the classic series, respectively, while it seems that Amazon Prime was able to pick up the revival series (subscription app Britbox, a joint venture by the BBC and iTV in Britain, offers Classic Who for $6.99 per month).  It continues to be wibbly wobbly and timey wimey in the Whoniverse as we speak!

LOOKING AHEAD

Doctor Who Series 10 premieres this Saturday, April 15, 2017, on BBC America (or BBC Regular, UK side, UK time zones apply).  The Doctor Who CPU! panel will reconvene following the season finale of Series 10.  We will report on reactions to the new series while prognosticating upon any announcements related to the new Doctor and the automatically renewed Series 11 under new executive producer Chris Chibnall, best known as the creator or Broadchurch.  Until then! 😉

Progress Report: End of Season Scorecard for Shows Covered By This Blog (Long-Running)

Based on reliable sources, including TVLine, the A.V. Club, and TV Guide, here are the current statuses of shows covered by this blog.  This list does not include up and coming shows to be reviewed from the new season pilots list or shows not listed on the “What I’m Currently Watching” page (such as The Simpsons).

This particular list comprises the End of Season Scorecard for Long-Running shows covered by this blog, as this viewer is behind in the whole TV watching department.

New this year: demarcations on whether or not we cover the show in our podcasts.

2015-2016 TV Season (Active Currently)

*Doctor Who (BBC America) – PODCAST!

Renewed for Series 10 (to premiere in 2017).

*Sense8 (NETFLIX Original) – Written Reviews Only (by Edgar)

Renewed for Season 2 (debuts in June 2016).

*Once Upon a Time (ABC) – PODCAST!  

Renewed for Season 6.

*Orange is the New Black (NETFLIX Original) – PODCAST! 

Renewed for Season 4 (debuts in June 2016).

*Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC) – PODCAST! 

Renewed for Season 4.

*The Vampire Diaries (CW) – PODCAST!  

Renewed for Season 8.

*Gotham (FOX) – PODCAST!  

Renewed for Season 3.

*How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) – PODCAST! (Moderated by Kristen and Krista)

Renewed for Season 3.

2014-2015 TV Season (Caught Up to this Season/Catching Up/In Reruns)

*Fargo (FX) – Written Reviews Only (Covered by Kylie)

Renewed for Season 3.

*Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (NETFLIX Original) – PODCAST! 

Renewed for Season 3.

*The Mindy Project (HULU original) – Written Reviews Only (Covered by Kylie)

Renewed for Season 5.

*Game of Thrones (HBO) – PODCAST! 

Renewed for Season 7.

*Sleepy Hollow (FOX) – Written Reviews Only (Covered by Kylie)

Renewed for Season 4.

*Marvel’s Daredevil (NETFLIX Original)  – PODCAST! 

Status unknown – Season 2 premiered in March 2016.  No renewal notice has yet been announced.

*Madam Secretary (CBS) – Written Reviews Only (Covered by Kylie)

Renewed for Season 3.

*Bones (FOX) – Written Reviews Only (Covered by Kylie)

Renewed for Season 12, which will be its final season.

*Broadchurch (BBC America, Currently on Hiatus) – PODCAST! 

Renewed for Season 3, which will be its final season.

2013-2014 TV Season (Caught Up to this Season/Catching Up/Behind)

*New Girl (Fox) – Coming Soon

Renewed for Season 6.

*Person of Interest (CBS) – Coming Soon

Canceled.  This season, its fifth, is the final season.

*Glee (Fox) – Ended; Review to Come

Ended 2015 with its sixth and final season.

*Revenge (ABC) – Ended; Blog Review to Come

Ended 2015 with its fourth and final season.

*The Originals (CW) – Blog Review Coming Soon

Renewed for Season 4.

*Supernatural (CW) – Coming Soon

Renewed for Season 12.

*American Horror Story (FX) – Coming Soon

Renewed for Season 6.

*Reign (CW) – Blog Review Coming Soon

Renewed for Season 4.

*Grimm (NBC) – Coming Soon

Renewed for Season 6.

*About a Boy (NBC) – Canceled; Review to Come

Ended 2015 with its second and final season.

*The 100 (CW) – Coming Soon

Renewed for Season 4.

*Arrow (CW) – PODCAST! – Part of the DC Television Universe (or DCTU) podcast series. 

Renewed for Season 5.

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Stay tuned!  As the summer progresses, I will share the roster of new pilots coming to the networks and what appeals!  For now, summer is a great time to catch up on TV. There will be blogs and podcasts galore.  So I hope!

iTunes PODCAST – Broadchurch (Series 1-2) and Gracepoint (Season 1, MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, recorded on May 22, 2016, our panel of familiar voices – including Moderator Kylie, Kristen, Nick, Hilary, Kyle, and Krista – are Around the Water Cooler and discussing series one and two of British mystery/crime drama Broadchurch and the one-season American remake, Gracepoint, which was canceled. If you have not watched either show, be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think in the comments below and check out the blog and YouTube for other TV related discussions, in both podcast and blog format. Also, if there are other shows you’re interested in the blog covering, sound off below! Tell us what you like or don’t like. Keep the discussion going!

PODCAST! – Pilots, Premieres, and First Looks; Recommended by Viewers Like You; and Around the Water Cooler: “Broadchurch,” Recapping Series One and Two, and “Gracepoint,” Reviewing Season One of the Officially Canceled American Version of “Broadchurch” (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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Moderated by: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who:  “Broadchurch” is a British television crime drama, which is currently on hiatus, having aired two seasons on iTV in the United Kingdom and on BBC America in the United States.  “Gracepoint” is the American remake of the same program, and it has the same story and character types as well as the same male lead, namely David Tennant.  “Gracepoint” aired on the Fox network before the show was officially canceled after one season.

What: “Broadchurch” and “Gracepoint” were both created and written by Chris Chibnall and focus, at least initially, on the death of an 11-year-old boy and the impact of grief, mutual suspicion, and media attention on the surrounding town.

When: There are conflicting reports about when the two series of Broadchurch aired; series one originally aired on iTV in Great Britain and on BBC America in the United States in 2013, while series two aired in early 2015 on both stations.  Gracepoint aired as an “event series” on Fox from October 2, 2014, to December 11, 2014.

Where: In Broadchurch, the action takes place primarily in the fictional town of Broadchurch, in the county of Dorset, in the South of England, on the scenic Jurassic Coast and in surrounding areas, such as the county courthouse, though series two does travel to the fictional town of Sandbrook, as David Tennant’s character, Alec Hardy, investigates a case from his past.  Gracepoint occurs primarily in a fictional town on the northern California coastline called – you guessed it – Gracepoint.

Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the podcast episode via the link below!  Of course, for the female members of the panel (Chief Couch Potato and moderator Kylie included), the primary reason was: David Tennant, David Tennant, David Tennant.  The male members of the panel sighed with moderate contempt and resignation at this revelation.  To them, we said, “Oh well!”  Just look at the man, for heaven’s sake:

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David Tennant as Alec Hardy in “Broadchurch” – the primary reason the female members of the panel got involved with this show

How – as in How Was It?

The pilot/premiere rating scale:

***** – I HAVE TO WATCH EVERYTHING.  HOLY SMOKES!

**** – Well, it certainly seems intriguing.  I’m going to keep watching, but I see possible pitfalls in the premise.

*** – I will give it six episodes and see what happens.  There are things I like, and things I don’t.  We’ll see which “things” are allowed to flourish.

** – I will give it three episodes.  Chances are, I’m mainly bored, but there is some intrigue or fascination that could hold it together.  No matter how unlikely.

* – Pass on this one, guys.  It’s a snoozer/not funny/not interesting/not my cup of tea… there are too many options to waste time on this one.

Broadchurch (watched by the entire panel): 

Series 1: 4.5, by average of the podcast panel
Series 2: 3.7, by average of the podcast panel

Gracepoint (watched by Hilary, Kyle, and Kylie only): 2.7 on average (Kyle rated it a 2, Kylie rated it a 2.5, and Hilary rated it a 3.5).

SYNOPSIS

Series one focuses on the search for the boy, Danny Latimer’s, murderer by detectives Alec Hardy (Tennant) and Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman). The second series primarily focuses on two plot strands: the trial of Joe Miller (Matthew Gravelle) and the reopening of the Sandbrook case, a case Hardy failed to properly solve, which brings him unwanted notoriety throughout the investigation of the Broadchurch murder. Tennant, Colman, and most of the cast of series one returned for series two.  Gracepoint mirrors the plot of the first series of Broadchurch almost exactly, changing character names and locations, except for the Millers.

How – as in How Was It? – THOUGHTS

Several frequent panelists nominated Broadchurch as a candidate for CPU! podcasting purposes.  The familiar voices found on this panel – namely Kristen, Nick, Krista, Hilary, Kyle, and Chief CP Kylie – are all fans of British television, including Doctor Who, and found the series recommended to them at one point or another because of that fact (and/or because of David Tennant, as noted above).  All of the panelists have quite a bit to say about this stirring and intense mystery, which they see as largely successful, despite the fact that the show did not find American audiences quite as readily, at least not until the remake Gracepoint was aired on American television – and even then only marginally, as Gracepoint was canceled by Fox.

We cover Gracepoint in this podcast episode as well, even though half of us only (Hilary, Kyle, and Kylie) watched any part of it.  If it’s not made clear by the above ratings, those who watched Gracepoint strongly recommend the original show, Broadchurch, over the inferior Gracepoint.  Kyle and Kylie, who watched the British version first, were annoyed by the fact that Gracepoint is, pound for pound and dollar for dollar, exactly the same as Broadchurch with American actors playing American versions of the characters, except for Tennant, who plays an Americanized version of his character, accent and all.  Hilary was more forgiving, as she watched Gracepoint first – and the Tennant Force is strong with her – but still cautions that Broadchurch is far better done.

Opinions fluctuate on the second season of Broadchurch, which causes some trepidation for the third season, announced to be the program’s final, which started filming in May 2016. As always, it’s a heady and deeply analytical discussion about the success of the show and the story, as well as the effects each had on each of the panelists.

This particular episode was recorded in May 2016, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points of both first and second seasons. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

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Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly!  Next Wednesday, we will at last be publishing the fifth and final (for now) chapter of our X-Files series, when returning panelists Nick, Sarah, Hilary, and Kyle return to discuss the six-episode revival miniseries that aired on Fox in January and February 2016.  Stay tuned!

Questions, Impressions, and Future Considerations (Broadchurch only)

1)  Will Joe Miller somehow return to Broadchurch, despite his banishment by the other residents of the town?  Kylie predicts that he will try to come back and to acquit himself in the town’s eyes because he has convinced himself, on the strength of his legal defense, that he is truly innocent.

2) Series/season three is said to be focused around a sexual assault in the town.  Will the perpetrator be one of the characters we already know?  Or, will it be someone totally different?

RECOMMENDATION

Broadchurch is recommended to fans of British television generally, fans of mystery and crime procedural shows, and fans of David Tennant.  Broadchurch is recommended by the panel, strongly, over Gracepoint, unless, as one panelist pointed out, you just want to watch more hours of Tennant.  Broadchurch is moody, tonally dark, and extremely intense, so emotionally preparing oneself to watch this show may be necessary.  The panel also universally agreed that Broadchurch Series One is better than Series Two, though both series are considered by the panel to be better than the American version of the program. In any event, the panel praised Series One highly, noting it to be a well-written, well-performed, and well-directed, self-contained mystery, while Series Two meanders more and splits focus between two plot strands, rendering the execution messier, even if the series ends on a strong note.  Gracepoint is a carbon copy of Broadchurch, and the original did it all better.

THE FUTURE OF THE SHOW

Gracepoint was officially canceled after the 2014-2015 American television season. Broadchurch is currently on hiatus but was renewed for a third and final season by Britain’s iTV, which is currently being filmed.  A release date has not been announced for either iTV or BBC America.  Series One and Two is available for streaming on Netflix, while Gracepoint can only be purchased or rented via services like Amazon. CPU!’s Broadchurch panel will revisit this program once season three fully airs in the United States.  Like, follow, and/or subscribe to the blog, iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher Radio, or our social media accounts to stay abreast of new episodes in the Broadchurch podcast series as well as of new episodes for all of our podcast panels!  And, if you feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  Thank you!:)