David Tennant and Anna Gunn

David Tennant and Anna Gunn

Gracepoint is to end in a "very different place" to Broadchurch.

Producers have promised the US remake of the murder mystery drama will blaze its own trail, despite the early episodes appearing to be a carbon copy of the ITV show.

Speaking at a Television Critics Association event yesterday, showrunner Dan Futterman explained: "I don't want you to rule anybody out as a suspect. We end in a very different place, which is both exciting for the first season - and what could be a great second season as well."

'Gracepoint' executive producer Carolyn Bernstein revealed the reason the early episodes are so similar to the British version is because she and Dan felt show creator Chris Chibnall's scripts were perfect and didn't want to make unnecessary changes.

She explained: "We did consider starting in a different place for the fist episode, but the first episode of 'Broadchurch' was so well done. Why contort ourselves when that was the smartest way to go?"

But Carolyn went on to "promise" Gracepoint's plot would unravel into fresh storylines that viewers won't see coming.

She added: "As this series progresses, it really diverges. We're not particularly worried about the overlap."

David Tennant reprises his role from 'Broadchurch' - albeit with an American accent - as the show's lead detective. 'Breaking Bad' actress Anna Gunn, Michael Pena, Jacki Weaver and Nick Nolte star alongside him.

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