The Bridge (2013 TV series)

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The Bridge
The Bridge Title card.png
GenreCrime drama
FormatSerial drama
Based onBroen/Bron 
by Hans Rosenfeld
Måns Mårlind
Björn Stein
Developed by
Starring
Theme music composerRyan Bingham
Opening theme"Until I'm One with You"
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Spanish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes23 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Location(s)
Running time62 minutes (pilot)
40–50 minutes
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channelFX
Original runJuly 10, 2013 (2013-07-10) – present
External links
Website
 
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The Bridge
The Bridge Title card.png
GenreCrime drama
FormatSerial drama
Based onBroen/Bron 
by Hans Rosenfeld
Måns Mårlind
Björn Stein
Developed by
Starring
Theme music composerRyan Bingham
Opening theme"Until I'm One with You"
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Spanish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes23 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Location(s)
Running time62 minutes (pilot)
40–50 minutes
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channelFX
Original runJuly 10, 2013 (2013-07-10) – present
External links
Website

The Bridge is an American drama television series developed by Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid, airing on the FX network, and based on the Danish-Swedish series Broen/Bron/The Bridge.[1][2] Starring Mexican actor Demián Bichir and German actress Diane Kruger, the series' 13-episode first season debuted on July 10, 2013.[1] On September 24, 2013, FX renewed The Bridge for a 13-episode second season,[3] which premiered on July 9, 2014.[4]

Plot[edit]

The Bridge follows two police detectives – one Mexican, one American – and their joint effort to investigate a serial killer menacing both nations along the TexasChihuahua border.[1] Their investigation is complicated by the rampant corruption and general apathy among the Mexican authorities and the violence of the powerful borderland drug cartels.[2] The show title refers to the Bridge of the Americas that serves as a border crossing between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, where the series is set.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Production[edit]

FX ordered the series' pilot episode in July 2012. Shooting for the pilot took place on location in the El Paso area and wrapped in December 2012.[2][5] Critically acclaimed director Gerardo Naranjo, best known for 2011's Miss Bala, directed the pilot.[6]

Work on the remaining twelve season one episodes began in early April 2013. Meredith Stiehm, creator of Cold Case, and Elwood Reid serve as the series' executive producers and head writers.[1] The show is co-produced by Shine America and FX Productions for FX.[1] Alex Plank of Wrong Planet serves as the consultant for Sonya's Asperger syndrome.[7][8]

Shine America wanted Stiehm to begin the series on the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, in order to mirror the original series' winter setting. However, Stiehm and Reid successfully argued to set their version in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez at the Bridge of the Americas.[9]

After the first season, co-developer Meredith Stiehm departed the series to rejoin the writing staff of her previous TV series, Homeland, leaving Elwood Reid as the sole showrunner for the second season.[10] Also, Matthew Lillard and Emily Rios, who had recurring roles in the first season, were promoted to series regulars for the second season.[11]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedDVD and Blu-ray release date
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
113July 10, 2013 (2013-07-10)October 2, 2013 (2013-10-02)June 24, 2014 (2014-06-24)[12]N/AJuly 16, 2014 (2014-07-16)[13]
213[4]July 9, 2014 (2014-07-09)October 1, 2014 (2014-10-01)[14]N/AN/AN/A

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On the review aggregator website Metacritic, the first season has scored 77 out of 100, based on 36 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[15] The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season a 90% 'fresh' rating based on 42 reviews, with the consensus "A seductive crime drama, The Bridge draws viewers in with culturally conscious themes that combine intelligent mystery and spellbinding drama."[16] Chuck Barney from the San Jose Mercury News gave The Bridge its highest praise, saying: "FX may have struck dramatic gold again. This series is mesmerizing. It sucks you in like a good book and has you yearning for more."[17] HitFix's Alan Sepinwall wrote: "With these characters, with this fascinating, complicated place – and one that's at the forefront of so much of what we're talking about in real world politics... The Bridge is off to such an outstanding start."[18] Maureen Ryan from The Huffington Post commented: "Mismatched cops forced to work together is one of the oldest TV tropes in the book, but The Bridge builds such a realistic, detailed world around the detectives here that the dynamic is often fresh."[19] The Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman called the series "mandatory viewing for drama lovers", adding, "but it will be interesting to see where the writers take it and whether they have the big-league ability to make the evident potential materialize. One thing they've hopefully learned is that sometimes holding back information isn't mysterious, it's just confusing."[20] Robert Bianco from USA Today thought there was "rich ground to explore in the problems Mexico faces and the responsibility we may bear for some of them", adding "but the show's clumsy attempt to boil that down to a catchphrase is offensive and silly, particularly as it has no real connection to the story being told."[21]

Awards[edit]

In June 2013, the series was honored, along with five others, with the Critics' Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series.[22] The pilot episode of the series received the 2013 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television: Long Form – Dialogue & ADR from the Motion Picture Sound Editors society.[23] The series won a 2013 Peabody Award, which noted that "its rare, non-stereotypical depiction of two cultures rubbing against and informing each other is as fascinating as the mystery."[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Andreeva, Nellie (February 12, 2013). "FX's The Bridge picked up to series". Deadline.com. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "The Bridge: About the show". FX Networks. February 12, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ Harnick, Chris (September 24, 2013). "'The Bridge' Renewed: Season 2 Premieres Summer 2014". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (May 15, 2014). "FX & FXX Set Summer Premiere Dates for 'Tyrant', 'The Strain', 'The Bridge' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Trailers released for FX show The Bridge". KVIA-TV. April 1, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ Carp, Jesse (May 15, 2013). "The Bridge's First Trailer Reveals An Atmospheric Border Drama Headed To FX". CinemaBlend. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ Siegemund-Broka, Austin (July 9, 2013). "'The Bridge': Diane Kruger on Asperger's and Female TV Roles". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ Raftery, Liz (July 9, 2013). "FX's The Bridge Is More Than Your Average Serial Killer Drama". TV Guide. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (July 8, 2013). "'The Bridge' producer Meredith Stiehm on translating Denmark/Sweden into U.S./Mexico". HitFix. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ Rose, Lacey (November 19, 2013). "Showrunner Shakeup: 'The Bridge's' Meredith Stiehm Departs for 'Homeland'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 10, 2013). "Emily Rios & Matthew Lillard Promoted To Regulars On FX’s ‘The Bridge’". Deadline.com. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  12. ^ Lambert, David (May 1, 2014). "The Bridge - Fox's Press Brief for FX's 2013 'Complete 1st Season' on DVD, Blu". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Bridge, The: Season 1". EzyDVD.com.au. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Shows A-Z - bridge, the on fx". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  15. ^ "The Bridge (2013): Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  16. ^ "The Bridge (FX): Season 1 (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  17. ^ Barney, Chuck (July 2, 2013). "Review: 'The Bridge' on FX weaves a mesmerizing crime thriller". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  18. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (July 9, 2013). "Review: FX's 'The Bridge' a gripping look at crime on El Paso/Juarez border". HitFix. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  19. ^ Ryan, Maureen (July 9, 2013). "'The Bridge' Review: A Compelling Look At Complex Border Cops". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  20. ^ Goodman, Tim (June 26, 2013). "The Bridge: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  21. ^ Bianco, Robert (July 9, 2013). "'The Bridge' fails to support its weighty premise". USA Today. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  22. ^ "The BTJA Announces Icon Award Recipient and Most Exciting New Series Honorees". The Broadcast Television Journalists Association. June 10, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
  23. ^ "2014 Golden Reel Award Winners: TV/Feature Animation & Documentary Category". Motion Picture Sound Editors. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  24. ^ "The Bridge (FX)". The Peabody Awards. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 

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