News Briefs: FX Orders The Bridge to Series

By Tim Surette

Feb 13, 2013


... FX has ordered 13 episodes of The Bridge, a great-looking new series from Homeland writer Meredith Stiehm. The drama stars Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir as detectives on opposite sides of the U.S.-Mexico border who work together to stop a serial killer. The order means that Stiehm is leaving the Homeland writers room, where she penned the excellent episodes "The Weekend," "The Vest," and "The Choice," among others. Look for The Bridge to debut in July. [FX via press release]


... The BBC has canceled its critically acclaimed drama The Hour after two seasons. The Emmy-nominated show starred Ben Whishaw, Romala Garai, and Dominic West (McNulty!) as members of a news team in 1950s England and aired in the U.S. on BBC America. [Deadline Hollywood]

... After a solid start, Fox's The Following is starting to lose some of its audience. Last night's episode suffered the biggest drop the series has seen yet, with 17 percent of last week's audience opting to watch something else and leaving 7.7 million viewers and a 2.4 rating. Those are still solid numbers, however, and The Following is performing well once DVR numbers are factored in. No panic-button pressing yet! [EW]

... There's something about FX's The Americans that causes viewers to take their sweet time watching it. The second episode of the season, which saw a dramatic, 39 percent decrease in viewers compared to the pilot, rebounded in a big way when DVR numbers were factored in. The Episode 2 audience increased 58 percent with delayed viewing, according to FX, adding 1.15 million viewers for a total of 3.11 million viewers. Phew. [FX via press release]


... Last Resort's Andre Braugher has a new job. He'll star alongside Andy Samberg in Fox's untitled comedy pilot about a motley crew of New York detectives. Braugher and his commanding presence will obviously play the captain of the precinct. More Braugher on television is always a good thing. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Arrow's Felicity has been given a raise. Emily Bett Rickards, who plays the computer geek, will be a series regular when the show returns for Season 2. [E! Online]

... Billy Campbell (The Killing) has joined Fox's pilot Delirium, a dystopian future drama set in a world where love is outlawed and a procedure can make it disappear. Yeah, it's called marriage! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha okay I'm going home now. [TV Line]

... Breaking Bad's Badger, real name Matt Jones, has joined CBS's comedy pilot Mom. The multi-camera comedy stars Anna Faris as a single mom kicking an alcohol dependency in Napa Valley. Badger will play her ex-husband. [TV Line]


... Storage Wars participant Mark Balelo committed suicide today following a drug arrest on Saturday. Balelo, who appeared in a few episodes of the A & E show as an auction house owner, was found dead in his car. The apparent cause was carbon-monoxide poisoning. [TMZ]

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  • youngnan Feb 14, 2013

    The first time I read it as "The drama stars Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir as two detectives on opposite sides of the law. Kruger snakes control of the Mexican Cartels while Bichir works in the US to stop an especially deranged and especially elusive serial killer, Kruger's father and role model."

    Is that weird?

  • SokkaAppa Feb 14, 2013

    Yes to more felicity!

  • rasa_radz Feb 14, 2013

    I don't know where to post this, so I guess I'll just do it here and hope someone from the staff notices, sorry it's unrelated to the article:
    I've been having some problems with the notifications that appear in the top right corner. Recently, I'd read notifications that state "1 user voted up your comment" or similar, and when I press on the link and go to the page with the headline of the article and the comment in question, there would be no thumbs up on said comment, even when the notifications state that there should be. I was wandering if that's a problem you're aware of, or just something I alone have been experiencing for whatever reason?

  • Anonymous_A Feb 14, 2013

    Am I alone in thinking that Felicity and Oliver would make a much better couple than Laurel and Oliver?

  • iLoVeTv0022 Feb 14, 2013

    your not alone!

  • JT_Kirk Feb 13, 2013

    Felicity is great and all, but have you stopped to consider that she's, well... not that great? (Fire detected in the vicinity of: Leela) Ollie as a superhero seems to be getting quite the list of hangers-on now. Felicity is a minor tech at Queencorp, Queentech, Queendustries, but now she's super CSI gal, and it's going to get WORSE?

  • Akyriel Feb 13, 2013

    She is somewhat superficial eye candy. The geeky part of her character with the glasses comes across as kind of phony or artificial. It's like Clark Kent putting on glasses he doesn't need and suddenly you don't recognize he's Superman. With her, it's like the glasses are supposed to make her this tech character when she's a little too cute to be believable.

    I begin to wonder, or be curious, if she should have (could have) been cast as Dinah Lance since she is supposed to be blonde, but she probably doesn't have the seriousness or intensity required.

    That said, I like her and maybe she develop into a better actress with the experience.

  • JT_Kirk Feb 14, 2013

    Her looks are a bit phony, but in the comics she'd be cuter (and drawn more mature, all women in DC comics are either drawn in their 30s or in their pre-teens) so it's one of those areas where they lose out no matter what they do. It seems like The CW casts these female characters way off from the script page, like they just aim for a demographic they want to hit and ignore who the person inside the character is supposed to be.

    I don't dislike her exactly, but I dislike how they've written her and how they are trying to use her.

  • AssandroJourn Feb 13, 2013

    Diane Kruger in TV show? What? Serial killer again? I wish it wouldn't be like Following trash, but I kinda don't trust macho charged FX with shock sake values

  • mad-pac Feb 13, 2013

    Good news about The Americans. And good news for Arrow's Felicity. She plays the typical ugly computer geek. Ugly, of course, after all she wears a ponytail and glasses. That makes her ugly and intelligent in TV logic, right?

  • fweak Feb 13, 2013

    The Bridge is intriguing, FX is really starting to develop some great series. I am glad to hear us late-DVRs watchers are being included in the ratings for the Americans.

  • WavSlave Feb 13, 2013

    Starting to? FX's original dramas have always been in the top tier, going all the way back to The Shield.

  • fweak Feb 13, 2013

    I know they've been trying, especially with their better shows: Terriers, Over There and Dirt. But Americans feels like a show from a premium network like HBO and I hope they keep up the quality.

  • WavSlave Feb 13, 2013

    Ugh, you've re-opened my wound at the loss of Terriers, the last series cancellation that really and truly bummed out this jaded viewer.

  • natesjokes Feb 13, 2013

    Thumbs up for Emily Bett Rickards, the show could use more of her.

    Let keep "The Americans" going people. So much potential there.

  • Tjsmooth0 Feb 13, 2013

    I'd be remiss not to point out that Billy Campbell was also "The Rocketeer."

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