Based on Bron, a
series which took place on the border of Sweden and Denmark, FX will be
premiering its newest drama The Bridge next week. Highlighting the U.S.-Mexico border and starring
Oscar-nominated Demián Bichir (A Better Life) it tells the story of two homicide detectives who work on
opposite sides of the bridge that connects El Paso with Ciudad Juarez.
Attempting to target Latinos while at the same time appealing
to a general audience the show’s creators have brought together a talented
multinational cast and crew. Mexican filmmaker, Gerardo Naranjo of the much
acclaimed indie Miss Bala is directing the series. The actors including Diane
Kruger (Inglourious Basterds) and Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria
Full of Grace) along with Demián Bichir organically switch between
English and Spanish. In the history of English-language television in the U.S.
it has been rare for a network to showcase a bilingual program. Hopefully, the
content will be compelling enough for American audiences to move past their
supposed discomfort with reading subtitles.
The sneak peek videos released by FX are in both English and
Spanish and reveal the look of the show. It’s a dark, moody crime drama with a
bilingual twist that showcases the expansive landscapes of the border.
Some bloggers on the site Latino Rebels fear this will be another
typical view of the border where, “American cops are decent, but Mexican cops
are corrupt.” The show’s director, Naranjo, admits that there is crime and
corruption in Mexico and especially Ciudad Juarez but wants to move away from
stereotypes. He says that he aims to demonstrate that there is good and bad in
both countries and that Ciudad Juarez, despite its reputation, is full of
We are willing to give the show a chance. Let’s hope Naranjo
get its right and is able to strike a balance between everyday life on the
border and it’s seedy underworld of crime, human trafficking, and drug
The Bridge premieres
Wednesday, July 10 at 10 p.m. on FX. It will also air on MundoFox dubbed in
Written by Juan Caceres and Vanessa Erazo,
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