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Old 02-12-13, 01:38 PM
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FX greenlights The Bridge starring Diane Kruger/Demian Bichir; Will premiere in July

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The series from "Homeland" writer-producer Meredith Stiehm centers on two detectives who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border.

FX is moving forward with The Bridge.

The Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger-fronted drama has earned a 13-episode first season order. Production on the Shine America/FX Productions entry from Homeland writer/executive producer Meredith Stiehm and Hawaii Five-0 producer Elwood Reid is set to begin in April, with a plan to bow in July.

The Bridge centers on two detectives, one from the United States and one from Mexico, who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. The series, which is set on the border between El Paso and Juarez, is an adaptation of the international hit Bron, which took place at the Denmark and Sweden border. The latter had been produced by Shine Group’s Filmlance and Denmark’s Nimbus Film Production.

“For years networks having been trying develop a drama series set on the U.S.-Mexican border without any success. I’m thrilled to say that Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid have become the first to crack that creative code and they have done so magnificently,” said FX Networks President John Landgraf in announcing the news. “There have been great films set in that world – No Country for Old Men and Lone Star come to mind – but never a great TV series. This one is special.”

Added Shine America’s newly installed CEO Rich Ross: “We are thrilled to partner with FX on The Bridge, a series with tremendous auspices and a very strong international pedigree. As our first scripted series launch under the new Shine America banner, we could not be more proud of the team that has been assembled by Meredith, Elwood and Carolyn.”

Academy Award-nominated Bichir will star as Marco Ruiz, a homicide investigator for the state of Chihuahua, Mexico living in Ciudad Juárez. Billed as a family man, Marco is one of the last good men in a corrupt and apathetic police force that is outgunned by the powerful drug cartels. He's sharp, charming, observant and painfully aware that his city is in a state of chaos. When a body is dumped on the bridge that spans the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez border, Ruiz is forced to work with his American counterpart, Kruger’s Detective Sonya Cross. Her part is described as a dogged cop who has an undiagnosed disorder that falls on the autism spectrum. Cross is shockingly candid and calls the world as she sees it, which can be off-putting to her colleagues, but she is also extremely effective at her job.

In addition to the series leads, The Bridge has enlisted Ted Levine (as a member of Cross’ team), Annabeth Gish (a wealthy widow with a ranch to run), Thomas M. Wright (a wolf of a man) and The Descendants’ Matthew Lillard (a cocky reporter) as guest stars. The pilot, which was shot in Los Angeles and El Paso, was directed by Miss Bala’s Gerardo Naranjo. Shine America’s Carolyn G. Bernstein and Filmlance’s Lars Blomgren will serve as executive producers on the drama, which will be distributed by Shine International.

The news comes some seventh months after FX announced the pilot order; the hour-long show piece ultimately wrapped production in December. Its order is a sign of FX’s continued push to increase its drama slate, bringing the drama count to four with Bridge joining Justified, Sons of Anarchy and The Americans. FX's originals are filled out by one miniseries, six comedies and two late night efforts at the News Corp-owned cable network. The Bridge is the 14th drama series ordered by the network, which first launched Emmy winning drama The Shield in 2002.

With news of The Bridge's order expected for months, Homeland showrunner Alex Gansa and his team have been actively looking to fill Stiehm's position, among others, in the pedigreed writers' room. (As THR reported, Homicide's James Yoshimura is the first new writer hired ahead of the Emmy-winning drama's third season.) In addition to offering rich personal perspective as Stiehm crafted storylines about Carrie Mathison's struggles with bipolar disorder, she served as the six-member staff's only female voice. She was responsible for a handful of the series' more emotional Carrie/Brody episodes, including season one's The Weekend (in which the pair head to the country cabin) and season two's New Car Smell (when Carrie confronts Brody in the hotel room) as well Homeland's second season finale, a collaboration with Gansa.

Prior to Homeland, WME-repped Stiehm served as the creator and executive producer of CBS's long-running procedural Cold Case, for which Reid was a producer. Prior to that, she spent four seasons as a writer on ABC's hit series, NYPD Blue. She joined Homeland in the series' first season.

Has a pretty good cast and is premiering this summer when there isn't much competition. Smart move by FX.

Kruger isn't the best actress, but she is attractive. I like that this is from one of the producers of Homeland. Stiehm was one of their best writers.

I remember Demian Bichir from the Indie movie "A Better Life" He was pretty good in that movie. Apparently that was the movie he got alot of recognition for including the Oscar Nomination.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1554091/

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Re: FX greenlights The Bridge starring Diane Kruger/Demian Bichir; Will premiere in J

Sounds good to me
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Re: FX greenlights The Bridge starring Diane Kruger/Demian Bichir; Will premiere in J

Sounds interesting. Since it's on FX, I'll check it out.
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Sounds awesome. I'm in.
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Re: FX greenlights The Bridge starring Diane Kruger/Demian Bichir; Will premiere in J

Originally Posted by Deftones View Post
Sounds interesting. Since it's on FX, I'll check it out.
Same.
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Demian Bichir was great in "A Better Life" and no matter what side you favor on the immigration debate that was a moving performance.
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Re: FX greenlights The Bridge starring Diane Kruger/Demian Bichir; Will premiere in J

This is a remake of the Danish/Swedish series Bron/Broen. I'll watch it since I like Diane Kruger (although I prefer whenever she does German/French films, it seems more natural for her).

Also Ted Levine's role is probably going to be

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Kruger's superior/captain. Oh well he's probably used to it by now since he had to deal with Monk.
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Re: FX greenlights The Bridge starring Diane Kruger/Demian Bichir; Will premiere in J

Yay!!! The 1st official trailer:

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/rF7d4itfrYA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>


Premieres July 10th. Looks like a really dark show. Glad it's on FX.
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Re: FX greenlights The Bridge starring Diane Kruger/Demian Bichir; Will premiere in J

Damn, that looks pretty good. Those teasers during the Americans peaked my curiosity so it's nice to finally see what the damn thing is about.
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Re: FX greenlights The Bridge starring Diane Kruger/Demian Bichir; Will premiere in J

Come on, Jariya. Let's get an official thread for the first episode, which airs this Wednesday (instead of waiting until a couple hours before it begins)

This has the potential to be a great one.
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couple hours before it begins? he usually starts them the morning of the show.
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Re: FX greenlights The Bridge starring Diane Kruger/Demian Bichir; Will premiere in J

Either way, I'm stoked for this. The previews haven't been terribly revealing (good thing). From what I can tell, the premiere episode looks to be in the 60-90 minute range.
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Re: FX greenlights The Bridge starring Diane Kruger/Demian Bichir; Will premiere in J

The Pilot is 91 minutes. It airs 4 times Wednesday (back to back to back to back)

I'll post the Pilot thread Wednesday. No rush to do it so soon. I don't need to give the fucking lurkers more things to stare at.

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