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How ‘The Bridge’ rebuilt itself into the best show you’re not watching

10 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In this Golden Glut of TV drama, it's hard for any new drama to break through and find an audience, because there are so many options out there (not to mention easy access to most of the great dramas of the previous 50 years). It's harder still for a show that has an audience and loses it to get those people back, no matter how good it becomes. Case in point: FX's "The Bridge," the current belt-holder for Best Show You're Not Watching. In season 1, the ratings weren't huge, but they were decent enough for FX to order a second season. The problem is that the original batch of episodes — translating the Scandinavian series "Broen" from the Denmark/Sweden border to the one dividing the U.S. and Mexico, complete with a relatively faithful rendering of that show's serial killer story — wound up turning a lot of viewers off as the season went along. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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'The Bridge' Star on Mastering the Mexican Accent and Playing Villains

6 August 2014 4:34 PM, PDT | CineMovie | See recent CineMovie news »

The most surprising thing about The Bridge's Ramon Franco is that he's a Puerto Rican from the Bronx,  but you wouldn't know it from watching his devilish and convincing performance as a Mexican drug lord on the FX show. CineMovie sat down with the actor at The Bridge's set and offices in Santa Clarita, CA to talk about his acting career and his approach to playing "Fausto Galvan," the malevolent character pulling everyone's strings.. Although he's been stereotyped as the villain for most of his Hollywood career, he states that all those roles helped him form his character on the show.


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Review: FX's 'The Bridge' finds more consistency in season 2

8 July 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For most of its first season, FX's "The Bridge" seemed as caught between two worlds as its two heroes, who worked opposite sides of the El Paso/Juarez border. In one world, the show was stuck adapting the serial killer story from the original Scandinavian "Bron," and not providing a particularly inspired take on an overdone subject. In the other world, "The Bridge" was having a lot of fun looking at the weird culture along that border, and in establishing the bond between Texas cop Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and her Mexican counterpart Marco Ruiz (Demián Bichir). The second show was much more interesting than the first, but the first show kept swallowing the second one whole.    Then two promising things happened. First, the season wrapped up the serial killer arc with two episodes to spare, and devoted those concluding chapters to all the things the show had done well, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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