FX has picked up its newest drama series, “The Bridge.” The show about a murder investigation on the U.S.-Mexico border is set to premiere in July.
“The Bridge” is based on a Danish series called “Bron.” It stars Oscar nominee Demian Bichir (“A Better Life,” “Savages”) and Diane Kruger (“Inglourious Basterds”) and was created by Meredith Stiehm (“Homeland”) and Elwood Reid (“Hawaii Five-0), who previously worked together on “Cold Case.”
The series opens with a body being discovered on the bridge between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Juarez Detective Marco Ruiz (Bichir), one of the few honest men left in a corrupt police force, works with El Paso Detective Sonya Cross, a dedicated investigator with an undiagnosed disorder on the autism spectrum. They eventually learn they’re looking for a serial killer.
“For years networks having been trying develop a drama series set on the U.S.-Mexican border without any success,” FX president and general manager John Landgraf says. “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. 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.”
“The Bridge” also stars Ted Levine (“Monk”) as one of Sonya’s colleagues, Annabeth Gish (“Pretty Little Liars”) as the wife of a ranch owner whose husband dies in Mexico and Thomas M. Wright (“Top of the Lake”) as a guy who knows the ins and outs of Juarez. Matthew Lillard (“The Descendants”) guests in the pilot as a reporter.