News Briefs: FX Orders The Bridge to Series

YOUR NEXT FAVORITE NEW SHOW NEWS

... 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]


BUSINESS TIME

... 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]


CASTING NEWS

... 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]


SAD NEWS

... 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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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?
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Feb 14, 2013
Yes to more felicity!
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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?
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Feb 14, 2013
Am I alone in thinking that Felicity and Oliver would make a much better couple than Laurel and Oliver?
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Feb 14, 2013
your not alone!
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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
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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?
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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.
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Feb 13, 2013
Starting to? FX's original dramas have always been in the top tier, going all the way back to The Shield.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Feb 13, 2013
I'd be remiss not to point out that Billy Campbell was also "The Rocketeer."
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Feb 13, 2013
I was happy for about 3 seconds there, but seriously what were the odds that someone had breathed life back into "The Bridge" three years after CBS canned it? Poor, Aaron Douglas, he can never get a break.
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Feb 13, 2013
All that remaking of scandanavian series that are brilliant on their own merits only to water them down in order to cater to the US taste and then try and selling this shit back to Europe. There should be a law against selling this mediocrity........
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Feb 13, 2013
Dear Andy Samberg, ABC did that show 4 years ago & it was called 'The Unusuals'.
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Feb 13, 2013
A few years prior to "Rescue Me"'s debut on FX, ABC and Denis Leary made the excellent half-hour detective comedy called "The Job," which is now available on DVD. It was really funny stuff and it's a shame more people didn't watch it then or know about it now. "The Unusuals" wasn't even close to being as funny as "The Job" (IMO).
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Feb 13, 2013
Have not seen 'The Job', but I wasn't watching nearly as much TV back then. Perhaps I will check it out, though 'The Unusuals' will always hold a special place in my heart due to Amber Tamblyn being on it.
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Feb 13, 2013
I can dig that. I think she's great, too.
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Feb 13, 2013
BBC CANCELLED THE HOUR!?!? ANGER. PURE ANGER.

And yes, this one time, all-caps was necessary.
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Feb 13, 2013
Regarding the "add-in" of DVR numbers. . .

I don't know anyone (or of anyone) who watches TV shows when they are broadcast. I make my own schedule and watch on my own timetable.

The last time I did that (except for live sports/news) was about 1999, when I got my first Tivo.

So. . .why do the networks still concern themselves with people who watch TV shows as they are broadcast? Surely this is an increasingly small number of viewers.

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Feb 14, 2013
Lol, I don't even own a tv anymore, and the only time i remembered its existence was during Olympics where I thought about buying one for all of 10 secs. Might consider it again for Brazil 2014.

Nothing limits the amount of tv you watch more than watching an actually tv.
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Feb 13, 2013
What makes you think you and your immediate circle of friends are representative the population as a whole? Yes, I DVR shows, but if I don't watch them when they're broadcast, the recording softening get erased. So my not watching it at the time of the broadcast might be an indication of my interest level in a program.
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Feb 13, 2013
I'm so happy FX understands that Nielsen system is outdated and that DVRs are the future. If two shows you like are on the same hour it's logical you will watch one and record the other. Yay for The Americans!
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Feb 13, 2013
Going by Fox's recent history with sci-fi, Delirium will probably last 1 season. Also by the description given, the future sounds like an emo kids wet dream
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Feb 13, 2013
More Felicty! SCORE.
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Feb 13, 2013
Tim did not mention that "The Bridge" is a remake of the original 10-part Danish-Swedish TV series, which was later rebroadcast on BBC, with subtitles. It was the finest series I've seen in several years, in any language. Seek out this series if you can -- it lies within the torrent-sphere, and is available through Amazon. I hope the FX remake is better than the poor American remake of "The Killing", where the original Danish production was much superior.

I prefer, and commend, the BBC approach. Stick with the high-quality original series (with subtitles) rather than trying to remake the show. (They broke this pattern with their "Wallander" series, which is very good, but not better than the Swedish original series).
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Feb 14, 2013
Thanks for pointing this out, I feel it is very ignorant to exclude such an important detail and make it sound like it is an original show created by the American writer. Give credit where credit is due, and as you pointed out give people an opportunity to check out the original series. Non-english speaking countries can make great television and movies too.

If I'm not entirely mistaken the BBC has a rebroadcast deal with both SVT and DR (the Swedish and Danish public service broadcasting companies) where they are allowed to broadcast a number of each others original content. This is the reason that series such as Wallander, The Killing and The Bridge get broadcast in the UK and we get a bunch of great BBC content here.

Brits in general seem more open to watching tv and movies with subtitles, for example the original Swedish "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" was immensely popular in the UK. It's a bit of a shame that there is this need for Americans to remake everything that is successful somewhere else, especially when it ends up being subpar.
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Feb 13, 2013
I agree with you, but even though I usually don't like remakes (one notable exception being Scorsese's The Departed), I'm actually looking forward to this remake of The Bridge. I think the Mexican-American border is a very complex and intriguing setting and it will allow this remake to become its own show instead of just an Americanized version of Bron/Broen. At least in theory...
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Feb 13, 2013
I think you right remediosbuendia, cause the borders between Denmark and Sweden are open, while USA are ready to shoot Mexicans if just the tip of a toe cross the border.
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Feb 13, 2013
OH THANK GOD THANK YOU TIM FOR DELIVERING THIS INFO ABOUT THE AMERICANS RATINGS THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU I WAS LOSING HOPE ON THE FATE OF HUMANITY BUT NOW I CAN REST REASSURED AT NIGHT THANK YOU AND PRAISE THE LORD SWEET BABY JESUS (am I overreacting? maybe, but after Last Resort's cancellation I'm having a hard time trusting viewers so leave me alone!)
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Feb 13, 2013
No, you're not overracting. I feel the same way as you :)
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Feb 13, 2013
thank you for the support, what a good day this is!
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Feb 13, 2013
Oh, and if I didn't love FX enough already, The Bridge sounds cool. Also, I've crushed on Diane Kruger since 200...4? Somewhere around there.
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Feb 13, 2013
More Felicity can only be good for the show, as she's the only female character I seem to like. Then again, maybe featuring her more will enable to writers to make her stupid, too.
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Feb 13, 2013
She has glasses. Rule of TV states that she can't be stupid.
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Feb 13, 2013
Oh fuck me. The Hour has been cancelled?! Why oh why. Day ruined.
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Feb 13, 2013
I know right? I actually semi-shouted "Nooo!" when I read that. Really flipping upset about this.
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Feb 13, 2013
Stiehm will be missed on Homeland. She wrote also "New Car Smell" this season.
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Feb 13, 2013
Delirium should do a good job at showing how weak Revolution is
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Feb 13, 2013
I thought there was already another series called "The Bridge"?
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Feb 13, 2013
I was fine with BBC cancelling Being Human.. but The Hour? after that finale?! COME ON!!
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Feb 13, 2013
Yay for Felicity on Arrow.Maybe a costume?
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Feb 13, 2013
One doesn't really need a costume to set at a computer desk while trying to hide that their absolutely gorgeous behind a pair of boring glasses.
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Feb 13, 2013
You are one very very serious person, aren't you? relax, it's a joke.
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Feb 13, 2013
On the contrary, the "costume" I had in mind was pretty much your garden variety adult foreplay model (sheer, lace, garters,etc)
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Feb 13, 2013
:)
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Feb 13, 2013
Thank goodness for Felicity. She is currently the only female character on Arrow that isn't completely annoying. Although Artemis wasn't bad either, but sadly not a recurring character. More Felicity, less Thea and Laurel.
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Feb 13, 2013
Hehe, I read your post after I posted mine. I totally agree!
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Feb 13, 2013
What bugs me is one minute Thea is a sweet and friendly character, the next scene she's a relentlessly whiny little waste of space. Laurel definitely needs more action scenes, and to actually be referred to as Dinah, instead of Laurel.
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Feb 13, 2013
I kind of knew The Hour would be canceled but it still hurts.
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Feb 13, 2013
Happy Felicity was raised to regular status on Arrow. She is like his version of Oracle, his tech support. There is also a good amount of chemistry there.
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Feb 13, 2013
Agreed. She adds something to the show for sure.
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Feb 13, 2013
I stopped watching The Following, I just find it ludicrous and no amount of Bacon can change that...
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Feb 13, 2013
Lies! Bacon makes everything taste better! Even TV viewing! Maybe you aren't eating enough?!?
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Feb 13, 2013
The show made a good move in making Felicity a main player. Honestly, the more Felicity, the better.
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