FX Greenlights Drama Series Deadline

FX apparently liked what it saw in a drama pilot, as the cable channel has given the project a 13-episode series order. reports that “The Bridge,” from writers Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid and starring Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir, received the series order.

“Filming on the series, co-produced by Shine America and FX Prods., begins in April for a July premiere. It marks Shine’s first major U.S. scripted series since the 2008 acquisition of Reveille,” the story reports. “Based on the Danish/Swedish series ‘Bron,’ which was set on the border of Denmark and Sweden, ‘The Bridge’ is set on the border between El Paso and Juarez. It centers on two detectives -- one from the U.S., Detective Sonya Cross (Kruger), and one from Mexico, Marco Ruiz (Bichir) -- who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border.”

The adaptation was penned by “Homeland” writer/executive producer and “Cold Case” creator Stiehm and novelist and TV writer-producer Reid, the piece notes. Stiehm and Reid will executive produce with Shine America’s Carolyn G. Bernstein and Lars Blomgren of Shine Group’s Filmlance.

The latter company co-produced the original series with Denmark’s Nimbus Film.

The cast of “The Bridge” also includes Ted Levine, Annabeth Gish and Thomas M. Wright.

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