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"The Bridge" crosses into must-see TV territory

Melissa Hayer Modified: July 5, 2013 at 11:40 am •  Published: July 3, 2013
Diane Kruger as Sonya Cross and Demian Bichir as Marco Ruiz in "The Bridge." - CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX
Diane Kruger as Sonya Cross and Demian Bichir as Marco Ruiz in "The Bridge." - CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX

The new FX series “The Bridge” is a gem for drama fans.

Cleverly adapted from the international series “Bron,”  the new show exchanges the setting from the border of Denmark and Sweden to the border of the United States and Mexico.

Kudos to executive producers Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid, also a novelist and television writer/producer, for their reworking of the story. “The Bridge” intertwines the hot topic of immigration with a serial killer case and involves two extremely compelling lead characters: El Paso police detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and Chihuahua State Police detective Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir).

Cross and Ruiz are forced to work together when an American judge known for her anti-immigration stance is found dead on the bridge linking El Paso and Juarez. The unlikely pair begin pursuing a serial killer working on both sides of the border.

Cross, who has Asperger’s syndrome, abides strictly by the rules and is abrupt and to the point when interacting with others.

Ruiz, however, has a more laid-back and amiable personality and knows how to navigate the complicated arena of Mexican law enforcement while maintaining his integrity doing his job.

Oscar nominee Bichir delivers a charismatic and dynamic performance as Ruiz, and Kruger is also fascinating to watch in her portrayal of Cross, whose father-daughter-like work relationship with her boss, Lt. Hank Wade (Ted Levine), is endearing.

Annabeth Gish, Thomas M. Wright and Matthew Lillard are also among the cast of this absorbing and adept series.

“The Bridge” debuts at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, on FX.

– Melissa Hayer

mhayer@opubco.com

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