The Bridge

by HFPA July 7, 2014

Like many other successful series, FX’s The Bridge is based on a preexisting format developed abroad, in this case the Danish police procedural of the same name (Broen), whose premise is the finding of a woman’s body splayed on a bridge across the international border between Denmark and Sweden. But the version developed for FX by took on a life of its own and a very specific regional flavor when Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid set the American version on the US Mexico border. Talk about a charged boundary! The dark atmospheric thriller delves into issues that are all to real and relevant, from drug cartels, to human smuggling and the tragic plight of disappeared women in Ciudad Juarez, and it does so with rare realism (which includes numerous scenes in Spanish with English subtitles). The original pilot was directed by Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo (Miss Bala) and after last year’s narrative arcs, if anything the second season promises to be even darker, although never in a gratuitous way, and driven by the fascinating cast of Mexican and South Texas characters, from the Asberger-spectrum detective Sonya Cross, to her brooding Mexican counterpart det. Marco Ruiz (Demián Bichir). We spoke to them exclusively at the Paley Center, in Beverly Hills.