FX, who's had a very solid run on both the comedy and drama fronts lately, officially has a new original series. Today, the network announced a 13-episode season order to "The Bridge," an adaptation of the Scandinavian series "Bron" in which the action is moved from the border between Denmark and Sweden to the one between the U.S. and Mexico.
The series comes from executive producers Meredith Stiehm (creator of "Cold Case" and a writer/executive producer on "Homeland") and Elwood Reid (a writer/co-executive producer on "Hawaii Five-O" and "Undercovers"), and stars Demián Bichir ("A Better Life") and Diane Kruger as a pair of detectives from opposite sides of the El Paso/Ciudad Juárez crossing. The two, who are also very different in terms of personality, end up having to work together after a body's found on the bridge spanning the border and they find themselves pursuing a serial killer whose murder victims come from both countries.
"Miss Bala" filmmaker Gerardo Naranjo directed the pilot for the series, which co-stars Ted Levine, Annabeth Gish and Thomas M. Wright, with Matthew Lillard in a guest role. The series is co-production of Shine America and FX Productions, and is set to begin filming in April for a July premiere.
According to FX's president and general manager John Landgraf:
For years networks having been trying develop a drama series set on the U.S.-Mexican border without any success. I'm thrilled to say that Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid have become the first to crack that creative code and they have done so magnificently. There have been great films set in that world - 'No Country for Old Men' and 'Lone Star' come to mind - but never a great TV series. This one is special. The setting, the writing, the direction, and the way it is brought to life by Demián Bichir, Diane Kruger and the rest of the cast makes for truly riveting drama.
FX ordered a pilot for "The Bridge" last number -- it's the 14th drama series to be ordered by the network, which kicked off its original programming in 2002 with "The Shield."