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The Bridge

"The Bridge" review by Suzanne
Premieres Wednesday, July 10th at 10pm ET/PT on FX

This is a very good show; I'm already hooked after the three episodes they sent me. I don't always like shows that are very dark or serious, but this one really grabs you. First of all, it has fabulous characters - the kind you mostly only find on TV, not in real life (but perhaps you have known people SOMEWHAT like them).  It's not that it's unrealistic so much as it's very literary. It's written really well, like a great novel.

Sometimes TV characters that are quirky go over the top and become annoying or stupid, or just plain gross. On this show, they skirt that fine line well; they are fascinating characters that you want to watch.

The two main characters are police detectives. The show is set mostly in El Paso, on the border (the bridge) between El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. I used to live in El Paso years ago, and believe me, it isn't as interesting as this show.  However, if you are involved in investigating murders or going back and forth with the gangs in Juarez, then maybe it's a little bit more interesting.  A body turns up on the bridge, and Detective Sonya Cross, eagerly investigates. She really wants to be the one to investigate this murder, so she makes sure that she gets jurisdiction over it. Sonya reminds me of some kind of cross between Brennan on "Bones" and Linden on "The Killing" (with a little bit of Lily from All My Children thrown in). Sonya seems to have Asperger's Syndrome, which doesn't prevent her from being a good detective, but it does make her not so good with people. She has a mentor, Lieutenant Hank Wade, who is somewhat of a father figure to her. He looks out for her and helps her be more empathetic with people.  It's funny because the actor who plays him, Ted Levine, played a very similar character on Monk. He looks and acts VERY different on this show, and yet I recognized from his voice, and working with Sonya is very similar to working with Monk, since both are somewhat dysfunctional.

A Mexican police officer, Detective Marco Ruiz (Demián Bichir) becomes involved in the case, even though Sonya does not want him there.  She is horrified by his sloppy police work, even though it seems like he is a good and caring cop, despite working in a corrupt place.  He is very likable in contrast to Sonya, who is somewhat rude, try as she might to fit in and be empathetic.  He is also very flawed, as we learn.  Sonya is very driven, much like Linden, in the Killing. Also, both shows were adapted from foreign detective shows.

I don't want to give too much away, but it does seem like they are after some sort of serial killer who goes after young women, mainly on the Mexican side of the border. But that's only one part of the plot as you get sucked into these people's lives and into the politics of the two towns.  Watch it and you will see what I mean!  Great show.

VIDEO CLIPS:

Over The Bridge, not only the secrets are buried.

Link: http://youtu.be/EsLOsJvh3OE

Horses (Kill Date: End of Season Run)

Description: Across The Bridge, nothing is as it seems.

Link: http://youtu.be/hEzW2IbL37k

Coyote

Description: This July, it all begins on The Bridge.

Link: http://youtu.be/dN2dPvytS5Y

Corner

Description: This July, unmask the secrets beyond The Bridge. Series
Premiere Wednesday, July 10 at 10p on FX.

Link: http://youtu.be/3efAwCY5kqQ

Ember

Description: This summer, the answers lie south of the border. The Bridge, Series Premiere July only on FX.

Link: http://youtu.be/KPzrFpPBpuw

Escape

Description: What lies across The Bridge … Series Premiere July, only on FX.

Link: http://youtu.be/EGd1FLxpJXU

Red

Description: Do you know the secrets across The Bridge? Series Premiere, July only on FX.

Link: http://youtu.be/V4zS9SCIbRw

Crossroads

Description: Across The Bridge, the vanished have names … Series Premiere, July only on FX.

Link: http://youtu.be/pZW_810no74

Beyond The Bridge: La Luz y La Oscuridad

Description: Go Beyond The Bridge for a taste of both the beauty and darkness that exist on the "frontera" featured in FX's newest drama. The puzzle starts with two pieces Wednesday, July 10 at 10p only on FX.

Link: http://youtu.be/dsyDVEJ29GA

MORE INFORMATION:

FX CONNECTS THE BRIDGE TO VIEWERS JULY 10th

New Drama Series Stars Oscar® Nominee Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger

 Will Air Wednesday Nights At 10PM ET/PT

 Los Angeles, May 23, 2013 – FX has locked the premiere date for its newest original drama series The Bridge, which will debut on Wednesday, July 10 at 10 PM ET/PT.  The Bridge’s 13-episode first season airs Wednesdays at 10 PM ET/PT. 

The Bridge is a present-day crime thriller exploring the tensions on the US-Mexico border. When an American judge known for her anti-immigration views is found dead on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez, Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) from El Paso PD must work with her Mexican counterpart from Chihuahua State Police, Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir), to catch a serial killer operating on both sides of the border. Marco understands the slippery politics of Mexican law enforcement, and while his police force slowly succumbs to the pressures and demands of the cartel, he’s one of the last good men in the department. He’s charming, but also cunning as he will do whatever it takes to get what he needs. This does not sit well with Sonya, who has Asperger’s and strictly follows rules as well as protocol. Her candid and off-putting personality fuels an unforgiving drive for truth. The case quickly pulls them into a string of murders on the border, a scene already consumed by illegal immigration, drug trafficking, violence and prostitution. 

Executive Producers Meredith Stiehm and novelist and television writer/producer Elwood Reid adapted The Bridge for American television from the international hit series Bron, which was set on the border of Denmark and Sweden.  Bron was produced by Shine Group’s Filmlance and Denmark’s Nimbus Film Production.

The Bridge co-stars are Ted Levine, Annabeth Gish, and Thomas M. Wright, and Matthew Lillard guest stars.  Gerardo Naranjo directed the pilot episode. Executive Producers of The Bridge are Shine America’s Carolyn G. Bernstein and Filmlance’s Lars Blomgren. It will be distributed by Shine International.

About FX

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel of FX Networks, a business unit of 21 Century Fox. FX Networks is comprised of FX, FXM, and FXX, its newest channel launching on September 2, 2013. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 98 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series, including Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The Americans, and the upcoming drama series The Bridge (July 2013); the miniseries American Horror Story: Coven; and the acclaimed hit comedy series Louie, Archer and Wilfred. The network’s library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network. FX's roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half Men, Anger Management and, coming in 2014, Mike & Molly.

About Shine America

Shine America is a world leader in producing and distributing compelling scripted and unscripted television and digital content and through its global Shine 360˚ division, building brands through the leveraging of its intellectual property and creating integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers. Shine America is known for popular and award-winning original series including The Biggest Loser, Tabatha Takes Over and upcoming series The Face; adaptations of Shine Group formats MasterChef, Minute to Win It, One Born Every Minute and Parental Control; long-running scripted hits The Office, Ugly Betty, and The Tudors; and over 20 ground-breaking original online series on MSN, Yahoo!, YouTube premium channels and other platforms, many of these produced in partnership with global brands such as Walmart, Toyota, Kraft Foods, Subway and Microsoft. Through Shine Group’s distribution arm, Shine International, Shine America distributes its extensive library of programming and formats to more than 150 countries. Visit www.shineamerica.com for further information.

About FX Productions

FX Productions produces the critically acclaimed hit comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Archer, Wilfred, and Legit, and the late night series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.  FXP co-produces the award-winning hit drama series Sons of Anarchy and Justified, and the critically acclaimed drama The Americans.  FXP currently has production output deals in place with RCG Productions, the production company of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Executive Producer/Showrunners Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton, and Floyd County Productions, the production company of Archer Executive Producer/Showrunners Adam Reed and Matt Thompson. FXP recently announced a cable exclusive, first-look pact with Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and their Color Force production company, producers of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid feature franchise and The Hunger Games. It was the first POD deal for FX Productions that was not established through a prior existing relationship with the studio.  FXP has a first-look cable deal with Paul Giamatti, Dan Carey and their production company, Touchy Feely Films. FXP is also producing limited series and miniseries for FX and FOX.


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