Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Live from the Paley Center, Interviewing the Cast and Producer of FX's "The Bridge"

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One of the most stylishly interesting shows on TV, FX's "The Bridge" returns for season 2 on July 9 with a new focus and tweaked story style. Gone is season 1's serial killer mystery, which was based on the first season of the Swedish/Danish show "Bron," which "The Bridge" was based on. For season 2, executive producer Ellwood Reid is diving deep into the mystery and intrigue of live on the U.S./Mexico border. Joining stars Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger this season are Franka Potente as a brutal, evil character who may or may not be carrying out missions for a drug cartel leader. Meanwhile, Bichir's character, the troubled Mexican police detective Marco, finds himself still grieving for his late son as he walks an even tighter line between doing what's right and giving in to the powerful forces of the cartel. Matthew Lillard and Emily Rios also star as intrepid reporters for an El Paso newspaper, and the two of them get a little too close to the truth. Ted Levine stars as the police chief and boss of Kruger's character, Sonya, who strikes up a bizarre relatonship with the brother of her sister's killer.

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Yep, a lot of stuff to digest. Tuesday night I moderated a Paley Center conversation with Reid, Bichir, Kruger, Lillard, Rios and Levine as we talked in depth about the show, its changes and what to expect. Reid has a clear vision for the show, especially now that season 2 was created from scratch (as opposed to being adapted from "Bron"). I've seen the first two episodes of season 2, and I'm looking forward to checking out more.

Here are more pics from last night's panel (credit: Michael Bulbenko for The Paley Center for Media):

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