Emily Rios & Matthew Lillard Promoted To Regulars On FX’s ‘The Bridge’

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 1:01pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

lillard1riosEXCLUSIVE: After appearing in almost all episodes of The Bridge‘s first season, recurring cast members Emily Rios and Matthew Lillard are being promoted to regulars for Season 2. The … Read More »

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FX Picks Up ‘The Bridge’ For Second Season

By | Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 11:05am PDT

FX formally announced today that its freshman cross-border drama The Bridge will be coming back for another season. The 13-episodes of the not unexpected second season will premiere next summer, the network says. Season 1 of the U.S./Mexico crime show wraps up on October 2. “We’ve been blown away by the compelling performances of Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger and the writing of Meredith Stiehm, Elwood Reid and their team, and are thrilled to be able to continue this journey for another season,” said Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions in a statement today. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Rich Ross, Carolyn Bernstein and everyone at Shine America.” Also today, Fox International Channels, which rolled out Season 1 around the world this summer, picked up the exclusive pay-TV rights for Season 2 in 125 countries.
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TCA: ‘The Bridge’ Producers Haven’t “Decided Which Path” FX Series Will Take

By | Friday August 2, 2013 @ 3:43pm PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

As its 13 first-season episodes are wrapping production, executive producers of FX’s The Bridge assured today’s TCA crowd that the Texas-U.S. bordertown crime drama will not fall into the formula of solving one crime per season. The murder mystery in Season 1 will wrap up “even before the end of the season,” said executive producer Elwood Reid, who with EP Meredith Stiehm developed the series based on the Danish/Swedish series Bron. Of the second season, Reid said: “There won’t be one big crime. We are not going to have the killer of the season every year.” Stiehm said that, for the first season, the producers had the 10 episodes of Bron to use as a road map but “then we got to a place where there was no guide…we have not decided which path we start on yet.” Read More »

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FX’s ‘The Bridge’ Debuts Strong Internationally

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 3:20pm PDT

Looks like The Bridge crosses the globe fairly well. With a July 11 start, Fox International Channels’ weeklong rollout of international premieres for the new FX US/Mexico border crime series more than 3 million consolidated … Read More »

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FX: ‘The Bridge’ On Track To Become Net’s Biggest Launch Ever

By | Monday July 15, 2013 @ 12:11pm PDT

Ratings on FX’s series premiere of The Bridge jumped from 3.04 million viewers who watched it on Friday, to 4.64 million viewers when DVR viewing is factored in, which the network said makes it the network’s … Read More »

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FX’s ‘The Bridge’ Debuts With 3.04M Viewers

By | Thursday July 11, 2013 @ 3:49pm PDT

The 91-minute premiere of The Bridge on FX on Wednesday drew 3.04 million viewers in its 10 PM airing. That’s a dip from the 3.22 million that The Americans garnered on its January 30 debut on … Read More »

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FX Drama ‘The Bridge’ Gets Premiere Date

By | Thursday May 23, 2013 @ 12:19pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

FX‘s newest original drama series The Bridge will debut on Wednesday, July 10 at 10 PM. Based on the European series Bron, which was set on the border of Denmark and Sweden, The Bridge is a crime … Read More »

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MundoFox Schedule Includes ‘El Factor X’ For Summer Among Original Programming Boost

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 6:47am PDT

Spanish-language U.S. network MundoFox will announce 20 new original programs as part of its summer and fall schedules today during Fox Hispanic Media’s upfont presentation in NY. Among the highlights are the Spanish-language version of The X Factor, El Factor X, which will launch in the summer; Café Con Aroma De Mujer, a remake of the Colombian hit from Ugly Betty‘s original Betty La Fea creator Fernando Gaitán; FX’s series The Bridge starring Demian Bichir, part of the network’s weekend schedule; and the boxing docu-drama The Golden Boys from executive producers Mario Lopez and Oscar de la Hoya. Here’s the network’s full list of shows and specials: Read More »

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In Latest France-UK Alliance, Canal+ Hit ‘Les Revenants’ To Air Subtitled On Channel 4

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 8:31am PDT

In what will be the first fully-subtitled drama to air on the UK’s Channel 4 in 20 years, the net has acquired premiere broadcast rights to French supernatural series Les Revenants. Zodiak is handling international sales on the thriller that was produced by Haut et Court for Canal Plus and originally aired to record numbers last fall. The show, re-titled Rebound in the UK, centers on a group of people in a small Alpine village who find themselves in a state of confusion, trying to return to their homes. What they don’t yet know is that they’ve been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. Fabrice Gobert created the show based on the 2004 feature Les Revenants by Robin Campillo. Anne Consigny, Clotilde Hesme, Celine Sallette, Frederic Pierrot, Samir Guesmi and Guillaume Gouix star.

The UK is no stranger to subtitled fare – BBC Four airs such imported shows as Sweden’s Wallander, Denmark’s Borgen and Italy’s Inspector Montalbano. But the Rebound deal marks the second time in recent months that there’s been cross-Channel collaboration on a series. Sky Atlantic and Canal Plus started shooting last month on The Tunnel, the 10-part bilingual English-French adaptation of Scandinavian cop series The Bridge. Read More »

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Rich Ross, At Sydney Confab, Touts Shine America’s Push Into Scripted Shows

By | Wednesday March 13, 2013 @ 7:11pm PDT

Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.

The Bridge, the Shine America-FX Prods. co-produced adaptation of the Scandinavian crime drama series Bron, represents what Rich Ross described as “a perfect example” of the Fox units’ concerted push … Read More »

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Shine America Names Leslie Belzberg SVP Scripted Production

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 10:30am PST

Leslie Belzberg will oversee day-to-day scripted production for the studio, including production oversight for the upcoming drama series The Bridge, which is slated to launch this summer on FX. Her appointment was announced today by Carolyn … Read More »

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FX’s ‘The Bridge’ Picked Up To Series

By | Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 9:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

FX has handed out a 13-episode order to The Bridge, its drama pilot from writers Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid starring Diane Kruger and Demián Bichir. Filming on the series, co-produced by Shine America and FX Prods, begins in April for a July premiere. It marks Shine’s first major U.S. scripted series since the 2008 acquisition of Reveille.

Based on the Danish/Swedish series Bron, which was set on the border of Denmark and Sweden, The Bridge is set on the border between El Paso and Juarez. It centers on two detectives — one from the U.S., Detective Sonya Cross (Kruger), and one from Mexico, Marco Ruiz (Bichir) — who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. Homeland writer/executive producer and Cold Case creator Stiehm and novelist and TV writer-producer Reid wrote the adaptation, which the two executive produce with Shine America’s Carolyn G. Bernstein and Lars Blomgren of Shine Group’s Filmlance, which co-produced the original series with Denmark’s Nimbus Film. The Bridge co-stars Ted Levine, Annabeth Gish, and Thomas M. Wright; Matthew Lillard guest starred in the pilot directed by Gerardo Naranjo (Miss Bala). Read More »

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Sky, Canal+ To Adapt ‘The Bridge’ As Bilingual English-French Series ‘The Tunnel’

By | Thursday January 10, 2013 @ 4:43am PST

Scandinavian format The Bridge is getting another adaptation, only this time it’s called The Tunnel. In what’s being billed as the first-ever bilingual broadcast series for the UK and France, Sky Atlantic HD and Canal PlusRead More »

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Catalina Sandino Moreno Joins ‘The Bridge’

By | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 10:51am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Catalina Sandino MorenoThe cast of FX’s drama pilot The Bridge will now boast not one but two Oscar nominated actors. Catalina Sandino Moreno has joined the Shine America-produced project, an adaptation of a Scandinavian format. The Bridge centers on two detectives from the U.S. and Mexico — El Paso Police Homicide Detective Sonya North (Diane Kruger) and Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) — who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Moreno, repped by UTA and Principal Entertainment NY, will play Marco’s second wife who is at home to tend to the kids while Marco works long hours. Read More »

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Ken Leung To Co-Star In NBC Drama ‘After Hours’ And Other Pilot Castings

By | Tuesday November 6, 2012 @ 10:57am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Lost alum Ken Leung and Jeananne Goossen (Alcatraz) are set to co-star opposite Eoin Macken and Freddy Rodriguez in the hourlong NBC pilot After Hours. The Sony TV project revolves around the graveyard shift in the ER at San Antonio Medical Center. Leung (Rush Hour) will play Topher, a flip-flops and shorts-wearing Emergency Room doctor who was previously a surgeon on the battlefield, where he became hardened and jaded. Goossen, repped by Greene & Associates and Magnolia Entertainment, will play a beautiful and stylish resident at the hospital. Leung also is filming arcs on NBC’s Deception, CBS’ Person Of Interest and ABC’s Zero Hour.

Emily Rios (Breaking Bad) has been added to the cast of FX drama pilot The Bridge. An adaptation of a Scandinavian format, The Bridge centers on two detectives from the U.S. and Mexico — El Paso Police Homicide Detective Sonya North (Diane Kruger) and Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) — who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Rios, repped by Domain and Kass Management, will play the recurring role of Adrianna Perez, a young, diligent reporter who works at the El Paso Times. Read More »

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Graham Yost & Michael Dinner Join Fox’s ‘Bridge’; Net Developing 2 Aircraft Carrier Dramas

By | Monday October 15, 2012 @ 10:38am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: It looks like Fox brass are determined to get an aircraft carrier drama on the air. Last season, the network put in development The Bridge, from writer Taylor Elmore (Justified), producer Mark Johnson and Sony Pictures TV. The project, described as a high-octane soap with a touch of Upstairs, Downstairs set on a Navy aircraft carrier, didn’t go to pilot but the network kept it in contention, rolling in to this season. Now Justified executive producers Graham Yost and Michael Dinner have boarded the drama to help with the rewrite, giving it additional clout. Both will executive produce, with Dinner also attached to direct. Elmore is still the writer, with Johnson and his Gran Via still attached, along with Sony TV.

Meanwhile, in August, Fox bought another drama from high-profile auspices with a similar setting, giving a script commitment with penalty to a project from House executive producers Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner and 20th Century Fox TV. Set on a naval aircraft carrier, the untitled show also has an upstairs/downstairs dynamic: the “downstairs” is filled with 18- to 20-year-olds, their coming-of-age stories heightened by the life-and-death nature of their everyday jobs; the “upstairs” is anchored by a female fighter pilot and her season-long quest to solve a murder that occurs onboard. Read More »

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Demian Bichir, Annabeth Gish And Ted Levine Cast In FX Drama Pilot ‘The Bridge’

By | Monday October 8, 2012 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Demian Bichiris set as the male lead opposite Diane Kruger in FX’s drama pilot The Bridge, directed by Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo (Miss Bala). Also cast in the project, an adaptation of the Scandinavian series Bron/Broen, are Annabeth Gish and Ted Levine. The Bridge centers on two detectives from the U.S. and Mexico — El Paso Police Homicide Detective Sonya North (Kruger) and Marco Ruiz (Bichir) — who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Ruiz is described as a family man and one of the last good men in a corrupt and apathetic police force that is outgunned by the powerful drug cartels. Gish will play Charlotte, a wealthy ranch wife suddenly widowed when her older husband suffers a massive heart attack while on the Mexican side of the border. She soon learns that her late husband had many shocking secrets. Monk alum Levine will play Sonya’s Lieutenant at the El Paso Police Department, a veteran cop with a weathered cowboy swagger. Read More »

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Diane Kruger To Star In FX Pilot ‘The Bridge’

By | Thursday September 20, 2012 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In her U.S. series debut, Inglourious Basterds actress Diane Kruger is set as the female lead of FX’s drama pilot The Bridge, directed by Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo (Miss Bala).

Adapted from the Scandinavian series Bron/Broen, The Bridge centers on two detectives from the United States and Mexico – El Paso Police Homicide Detective Sonya North (Kruger) and Marco Ruiz — who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the American-Mexican border. Sonya North is described as a dogged cop who lacks tact, warmth and empathy. Shockingly candid, she calls the world like she sees it – which can be off-putting to her colleagues, but also refreshing and funny. The Bridge was adapted for American television by Meredith Stiehm (Homeland) and Elwood Reid (Hawaii Five-0) who executive produce alongside Carolyn Bernstein, Lars Blomgren and Jane Featherstone. The Bridge, a co-production of Shine America and FX Prods., begins production this fall in El Paso and Los Angeles. Read More »

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‘Miss Bala’ Helmer Gerardo Naranjo To Direct FX Drama Pilot ‘The Bridge’

By | Wednesday September 12, 2012 @ 8:13am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In his U.S. TV debut, Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo (Miss Bala) will direct the pilot for FX’s drama pilot The Bridge. Written by Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid based on the Scandinavian series Bron, the project centers on two detectives … Read More »

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