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."
Season 2 of FX's The Bridge is shaping up to be a family affair. Bruno Bichir, the brother of star Demian Bichir, has signed on to appear in multiple episodes of the critically acclaimed drama.
Bruno Bichir will play a wealthy Mexican business leader to winds up involved with Marco (Demian Bichir). But the businessman may not be what he seems. The characters are unrelated in the show, but in real life the brothers are both members of a prolific Mexican acting family.
American Horror Story: Asylum alum Franka Potente has joined the cast of FX'sThe Bridge for Season 2, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Sarah Paulson and Franka Potente
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Wednesday's episode of American Horror Story: Asylum. Read at your own risk (of being committed).]
Just when you think you've got the sane ones figured out, they turn out to be the crazy ones!
American Horror Story's second season continues to ponder the question of sanity and who has it. This week's episode threw most of that up in the air with the introduction of Franka Potente's character named — wait for it — Anne Frank. Yes, that Anne Frank — allegedly. But her insistence that she is the famed Holocaust victim was the least shocking sign of insanity this week, as even Lana (Sarah Paulson), Grace (Lizzie Brochere) and Kit's (Evan Peters) true natures were revealed or tested. So who's sane? Let's take a look at that and other burning questions below:
Ato Essandoh, Tom Weston-Jones and Kyle Schmid
New York City in 1864 was no place for a wimp. In BBC America's Copper, the latest collaboration from Oz and Homicide vets Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson, the Civil War-era town is a boiling stew of impoverished immigrants, uptown power brokers, vicious gangs, freed slaves and Confederate spies.
Nestor Carbonell is back and Franka Potente is guest starring, but none of that matters because this summer season finale is amazing for a completely different reason. This episode is crammed full of goodies so jump on Bourne (Sorry, I couldn't help myself) and follow the link to the good stuff.
Present Day. Franka Potente struts through the streets as ominous music plays. No, really. Eerie flashbacks with a screaming woman, a burning Mexican flag, and Franka Potente looking very capable, flicker across the screen for a moment and then we're back to the strutting.
Run Lola Run (Blu-ray) courtesy Sony Pictures
Run Lola Run is the internationally acclaimed German-language movie starring Franka Potente as "Lola." After receiving a frantic call from her boyfriend Manni, Lola has 20 minutes to replace the 100,000 marks Manni lost, or his mobster boss will kill him.I think Run Lola Run was the first foreign language film I watched, or at least the first one I remember. I used to prefer dubs of foreign movies because it was less work to watch them, but that changed as I got older and realized that something is missed with the dub. The original characters emotion is removed from the scene, replaced by an actor in a sound booth that's trying to deliver his lines, but is completely separated by the action on the screen. I watched Run Lola Run with the original German audio track turned on (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), and it sounded great. I've always been a fan of the soundtrack for the movie, and it sounds absolutely awesome in 5.1. There are 5.1 tracks in Spanish and Portuguese, and an English Dolby True...
Man what a season Cant the final season just start next week Or cant we just fast-forward to March 2008 right now Leave Christmas in just for the heck of itAgain The Shield threw me for a loop I was expecting either Shane or a member of the Mackey family to bite the big one and none of them did I was expecting Vic to get his job back but not by exposing the Mexican mob and I certainly didnt expect him to walk out of his hearing As Ive said before the twists and turns are what make this show so great We start off with a bang right where last week left off with Vic and Aceveda doing a dance I loved what happened between the two of them in this episode Vic tries to blackmail Aceveda by showing him the picture Then David turns around and sends a lawyer to tell Vic hes being sued and will lose everything Then Vic goes back to Pazuela and gets the memory card which forces Acevedas hand But instead of just trying to get his job back Vic teams up with Aceveda t
I know its probably bad to start off a blog about this weeks episode by saying I cant wait for next weeks But its true The last time I remember anticipating a finale as much as this one it was the final episode of Cheers And this is just a season finale I mean jeez my heart My poor tired heart I know my heart cant wait until 1105 pmET next week for it to be over It gets a workout each week and Im sure the ticker is a little exhausted at this point Then again we get to wait nine months for more so its bittersweet Anyway where were we Right we had another heck of an episode leading up to the finale Everything looked kind of calm at the beginning but in true Shield fashion it all hit the fan by the end of the hour Lets talk San Marcos first We finally have some closure on the whole situation Vics goal was to solve the murder case before he got pushed out so he had five days to figure it out which of course he did in one That contractor guy gave
With only three episodes left in this season this week we get our setup episode for the final two Dialogue-heavy and bloodshed-light we get some more insight into Shane and the Armenians and find out that Hernan is not dead after all Shanes in the middle of this gas-station murder and is talking to the daughter of the Armenian mob boss Shanes talking to her like she doesnt know anything but clearly shes more on her game than he thinks And soon she might be in charge herself since Pop is on his deathbed Meanwhile shes paying Shane to look into some apartment robberies and he finds a nice hooker whos able to give him a little bit of intel on the people who broke into her place He gives it to her and she takes care of the problem herself She seems to have Shane wrapped around her finger now Man Shane just cant lay low for one minute and stay out of trouble can he After all this time we finally see Ronnies reaction to Shane