Demian Bichir, Diane Kruger
FX's border drama The Bridge has undergone a reboot of sorts in its second season.
While the show's first season followed Detectives Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) and Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) as they hunted for a serial killer in Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas, Season 2 casts a much wider thematic net. Now left completely to its own devices rather than following the Scandinavian show on which it was based, The Bridge has shifted its focus to examine how political and corporate corruption on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border permeates issues like the drug trade, immigration and human trafficking. But make no mistake — it's actually more twisted (and bloody) than ever.
"It is a radically different show, and I mean that in the best sense of the word," creator Elwood Reid tells TVGuide.com. "It's trying to tell a bigger story, but the way we're trying to tell a bigger story is not to shovel a bunch of facts at you. We're telling it through characters, through things that affect people's lives."
Adds Reid: "[Police procedurals] can be empty calories. I'm going to set the table, I'm going to serve you some appetizers, and then I'm going to serve you a real rich four-course meal of weirdness, and let's see how that goes, instead of just that constant sugar rush of hunting the serial killer every week."
American Horror Story: Asylum alum Franka Potente has joined the cast of FX'sThe Bridge for Season 2, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Gillian Anderson, Rachael Taylor
There's not a lot of time for character development in the pilot episode of Crisis, NBC's hostage thriller that premieres Sunday. The first hour is more preoccupied with immersing viewers into the action and getting a couple of major twists out of the way than delving into the depths of its major players.
But here's what we do know: A bus of children is taken hostage by a group of highly trained criminals while on a field trip. What do the bad guys want? It's unclear. But the children's parents all hold positions of power in Washington, D.C., ranging from the CEO of a major corporation (Gillian Anderson) to the president of the United States. There's also a nearly unrecognizable Dermot Mulroney playing a shlubby parent chaperone who's an embarrassment to his daughter, but who defies expectations when it comes to the events that unfold. And in a made-for-TV coincidence, the no-nonsense FBI agent in charge of the case, Susie Dunn (Rachael Taylor), is the estranged sister of Anderson's character, Meg Fitch.
Diane Kruger, Demian Bechir
The Bridge wrapped up its first season Wednesday, ending with an ominous vow of revenge on the part of Marco (Demian Bichir). Though the David Tate (Eric Lange) case is closed, Marco and Sonya (Diane Kruger) find themselves embroiled more than ever in the mystery of the missing girls of Juarez.
TVGuide.com spoke with executive producer Elwood Reid to get his thoughts on the finale, as well as a preview of...
Demian Bichir, Diane Kruger
FX has renewed The Bridge for a second season, the network announcedTuesday.
"We've been blown away by the compelling performances of Demian Bichirand 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," Eric Schrier, FX president of original programming, said in a statement.
Diane Kruger, Demian Bichir
FX's The Bridge (Wednesdays, 10/9c) reinterprets the hit Danish/Swedish drama Bron as a modern-day dark thriller about a crime that occurs on the border between the U.S. and Mexico and how tensions along the border impact that investigation. Thrust together as unlikely partners on the case are a no-nonsense El Paso investigator (Diane Kruger), whose Asperger's makes her off-putting to many, and her charming but cunning counterpart from Chihuahua State Police (Demian Bichir). Executive producer/writer Meredith Stiehm knows a thing or two about mysterious cases, having created Cold Case, while fellow exec producer Elwood Reid knows a thing or two about characters, having been a carpenter, a cook and a bouncer before writing paid the bills. Stiehm and Reid explain why we should hop on The Bridge before its Oct. 2 season finale
Diane Kruger, Ted Levine
In this week's episode of FX's The Bridge, viewers finally learn what happened to Sonya's (Diane Kruger) sister years ago, and about the "mistake" related to the case that brought Sonya and Hank (Ted Levine) together.
"It's an interesting past, these two, in the way that they met, and it is a lot to be revealed," Levine tells TVGuide.com. "He bears a tremendous amount of regret concerning that thing, and it changed his perspective on a number of things, on justice and retribution. Knowing Sonya and having sort of been thrust into this relationship with her under these circumstances, it's kind of changed him."
Prior to the premiere of The Bridge, the only time American audiences had seen film star Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds) on a TV show was as a guest on an episode of Fringe. (Her character's corpse shared the screen with Kruger's real-life boyfriend, Joshua Jackson.)
Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir
Fans of The Bridge, have no fear! Unlike AMC's The Killing, the FX drama will provide a resolution for the central mystery before next season.
In fact, The Bridge will "put it away in dramatic fashion before the end of the season," executive producer Elwood Reid promised...
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