News Briefs: FX Orders The Bridge to Series


... 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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