Matthew Lillard Talks THE BRIDGE Season 2, His Favorite Aspect of the Character, the SCREAM TV Show, and More

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Season 2 of the FX crime thriller The Bridge has Detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and her Mexican counterpart, Detective Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) teamed up again to when the body of a cartel member is found on U.S. soil.  Brutal crimes and dangerous enemies will see them pulled into a complex web of drug running, money laundering and police corruption.  The Bridge season 2 also stars Ted Levine, Matthew Lillard, Emily Rios, Thomas M. Wright, Annabeth Gish, Franka Potente, Nathan Phillips, Abraham Benrubi and Lyle Lovett.

During this interview about the series and his role on it, actor Matthew Lillard (who plays arrogant El Paso Times reporter Daniel Frye) talked about how he came to be a part of The Bridge, what’s in store for Daniel, how far he’s willing to go to find the truth, working with Emily Rios, his favorite aspect of his character, living in such a dark place this season, how much longer his character can dodge death, and having an open door to talk to the writers.  He also talked about what he’d like to do next, and his thoughts about Scream being turned into a TV series for MTV.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Franka Potente Talks THE BRIDGE Season 2, How She Joined the Show, Why Audiences Are Intrigued by Evil Characters, and More

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Season 2 of the FX crime thriller The Bridge has Detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and her Mexican counterpart, Detective Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) teamed up again to when the body of a cartel member is found on U.S. soil.  Brutal crimes and dangerous enemies will see them pulled into a complex web of drug running, money laundering and police corruption.  This season also stars Ted Levine, Matthew Lillard, Emily Rios, Thomas M. Wright, Annabeth Gish, Franka Potente, Nathan Phillips, Abraham Benrubi and Lyle Lovett.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actress Franka Potente (who plays shunned Mennonite and ruthless cartel enforcer Eleanor Nacht) talked about how she came to be a part of The Bridge this season, that challenge of playing a character that you have to learn about as you go, why audiences are intrigued by characters who do bad things, how she tries to see all of her actions through her character’s eyes, and how much the wardrobe and tattoos informed her performance.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Diane Kruger Talks THE BRIDGE Season 2, Emotional Stoicism, Her Character’s Complexity, Differences from Season 1, and More

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The FX crime thriller The Bridge is back for Season 2, and when the body of a cartel member is found on U.S. soil, Detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and her Mexican counterpart, Detective Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir), must work together again to solve the case.  Brutal crimes and dangerous enemies will see them pulled into a complex web of drug running, money laundering and police corruption.  This season also stars Ted Levine, Matthew Lillard, Emily Rios, Thomas M. Wright, Annabeth Gish, Franka Potente, Nathan Phillips, Abraham Benrubi and Lyle Lovett.

During this recent interview to promote the show’s return, actress Diane Kruger talked about tackling such an emotionally stoic role, what makes Sonya Cross such a complex character to play, making sure to portray all of the nuances of someone with Asperger’s, how Season 2 will be different from Season 1, her character’s greatest struggles this season, Sonya’s personal relationship dynamics, and the experience of being a part of a TV show.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

THE STRAIN to Premiere on FX July 13th; Premiere Dates Announced for TYRANT, WILFRED, THE BRIDGE, and More

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FX and FXX have announced summer premiere dates for its upcoming series.  Briefly:

  • The Strain (July 13th) – The FX adaptation of the horror trilogy comes from creator/executive producer Guillermo del Toro and showrunner Carlton Cuse, telling the story of a viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient strain of vampirism.  Cory Stoll and Sean Astin star, and del Toro directed the pilot.
  • Tyrant (June 24th) – The new FX drama series from Homeland co-creator Howard Gordon revolves around an American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.  David Yates directed the pilot.
  • Wilfred (June 25th) – The comedy series returns for its fourth and final season on FXX, starring Elijah Wood.
  • The Bridge (July 9th) – The second season of the FX drama continues the relationship between Demian Bichir’s Mexican police officer and his American counterpart, played by Diane Kruger.
  • Married (July 17th) – The new FX comedy series starring Nat Faxon and Judy Greer tells the story of being “miserably in love.”
  • You’re the Worst (July 17th) – Another new FX comedy series revolving around a new relationship.

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FX Networks President John Landgraf Talks the End of JUSTIFIED, FARGO, THE BRIDGE, and the Future of AMERICAN HORROR STORY

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for FX, President & General Manager John Landgraf took some time to talk about their current hit series and how they determine the format and renewal for their shows.  During the interview, Landgraf talked about how they came to the decision to end Justified with six seasons, the format for Fargo, why they chose to order a second season of The Bridge, and hinted at what the fourth season of American Horror Story will look like.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

FX Renews THE BRIDGE for Season Two

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FX has ordered a second season of the drama series The Bridge.  Starring Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger, the show focuses on tensions at the US-Mexico border as told through the unlikely pairing of an El Paso police officer (Kruger) and a Chihuahua State Policeman (Bichir) who initially team up to track down a serial killer.  The 13-episode second season will debut in Summer 2014, while the show’s first season is currently heading toward its season finale on October 2nd.  When the show began it was fairly promising, but I felt the character development just wasn’t enough to keep me invested and ended up checking out around episode six or seven.

Nevertheless, I’m interested to hear if those that stuck with it have found this first season to be fulfilling.  Hit the jump to read the press release and sound off in the comments below.

Demian Bichir Talks THE BRIDGE, Joining the Show and Relating to His Character, Educational Value of the Story, and Cultural Differences in the U.S. and Mexico

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The FX drama series The Bridge, adapted from the Scandinavian series Bron, is a present-day crime thriller that explores the tensions on the U.S.-Mexico border.  When an American judge known for her anti-immigration views is found dead on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez, El Paso P.D. Detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) must work with her Mexican counterpart, Detective Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir), to catch a serial killer operating on both sides of the border.  The show also stars Ted Levine, Annabeth Gish, Thomas M. Wright and Matthew Lillard.

During this recent interview to promote the series, actor Demian Bichir talked about what made him want to be a part of this show, the educational value of the story they’re telling, the evolution of the relationship between Marco and Sonya, the cultural differences between working in the U.S. and working in Mexico, how much he relates to his character, and what he hopes American audiences take away from watching this show.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.  

THE BRIDGE Review: FX’s Border Crime Drama Builds Slowly, But Is Worth the Wait

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Though the setup of FX’s new drama series The Bridge has a litany of familiar crime show elements — a straight-laced female detective paired with a laid-back male cop, for starters — over its first few episodes it unfolds into a beautiful patchwork of sprawling storytelling that is linked through a serial killer with political agenda, but not beholden to it.  The Bridge is adapted from a Scandinavian drama of the same premise, where detectives from two different border towns must work together when a body is found severed on the borderline itself.  In FX’s version, the border is the United States and Mexico, and the towns El Paso and Juarez, the latter being a notorious site of drugs and violence, particularly against women.  The serial killer who left the severed body has a statement to make about the crimes in Juarez and about immigration, and the story goes deep when exploring it.  Hit the jump for more on why you should, no matter what, watch past the pilot.

Diane Kruger Talks THE BRIDGE, Playing a Cop with Asperger’s, Working with Co-Star Demian Bichir, and More

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The FX drama series The Bridge, adapted from the Scandinavian series Bron, is a present-day crime thriller that explores the tensions on the U.S.-Mexico border.  When an American judge known for her anti-immigration views is found dead on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez, El Paso P.D. Detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) must work with her Mexican counterpart, Detective Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir), to catch a serial killer operating on both sides of the border.  The show also stars Ted Levine, Annabeth Gish, Thomas M. Wright and Matthew Lillard.

During this recent interview to promote the series premiere, actress Diane Kruger talked about playing a cop with Asperger’s, making sure she correctly represents the condition, how much she loved the original series, how similar in tone this adaptation is, the research she did into the border conflict aspect of the show, working with co-star Demian Bichir, what she’s most looking forward to viewers getting to see, that they will wrap up this case in the 13-episode first season, and what led her to television.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

FX Launches New Network and a Huge Slate of New Programming; Renews JUSTIFIED, THE LEAGUE, and More; Orders FARGO to Series

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FX, home of Sons of AnarchyJustified, and The Americans (which has already been picked up for a second season), just exploded with information about new spin-off channels, series renewals, new series and more, such as:

  • FX has launched a new network, FXX, to appeal to a young adult set of viewers.
  • Series renewals include Justified, It’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaThe League and Legit, with the latter three moving to FXX in 2014.
  • Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell expands to a 5-nights-a week.
  • FX orders a 10-episode limited series of Fargo.
  • FX orders comedy pilots How and Why from Charlie Kaufman, and Chozen from Grant DekernionDanny McBride and the team behind Eastbound & Down.

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Diane Kruger Talks THE HOST, Andrew Niccol’s Take on Stephenie Meyer’s Novel, Plus Updates on NATIONAL TREASURE 3 and THE GREEN BLADE RISES

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In the upcoming Andrew Niccol film The Host, Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds) plays an alien named Seeker who becomes obsessed with tracking down a band of rebellious humans who continue to mount a resistance against the invasion of Earth.  At the heart of Seeker’s hunt is Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), a human who continues to rebel against the Soul implanted in her body and who may inadvertantly lead the Seeker to eradicating the humans once and for all.

During a recent press event, we were able to interview Kruger about The Host, her playing a somewhat antagonistic character for the first time, the film’s aesthetics and Niccol’s vision, as well as Meyer’s input on Kruger’s character.  She also updated us on the progress of National Treasure 3, as well as her upcoming arthouse film The Green Blade Rises and the status of her new FX drama, The Bridge.  Hit the jump to watch the interview.

FX Gives Series Order to THE BRIDGE Starring Demián Bichir and Diane Kruger; Premiere Set for This July

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FX has made a series commitment to one of its more interesting pilots.  The network announced today that it has ordered a 13-episode first season of the drama The Bridge, which stars Demián Bichir and Diane Kruger.  The show is based on the Scandinavian series Bron and centers on two detectives from the United States and Mexico who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the American-Mexican border.  Meredith Stiehm (Homeland) and Elwood Reid (Hawaii Five-0) created the series and wrote the pilot with Bichir in mind for the male lead, and they will act as executive producers on the show.

The most compelling storytelling is currently happening on cable television, and viewers are moving outside network television more and more, as evidenced by this past Sunday’s record-breaking numbers for AMC’s The Walking Dead.  FX’s The Bridge sounds like a promisingly swell addition to the current cable landscape, and I look forward to checking it out when the series debuts this July.  The pilot was directed by Gerardo Naranjo (Miss Bala) and production on the remaining episodes begins in April.  Hit the jump for the press release.

John Landgraf, President and General Manager of FX, Talks AMERICAN HORROR STORY Season 3, THE AMERICANS, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY Season 10, and More

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for FX, President & General Manager of FX Networks John Landgraf took some time to talk about their current hit series, new shows, and what they see as possibilities for their future line-up.  During the interview, he spoke about the importance of establishing trust with your showrunners, having strong female leads at the center of their upcoming drama series The Americans and The Bridge, what he’s heard about casting for Season 3 of American Horror Story, the plan for the next 90 episodes of Anger Management and the tweaking they’ve done to the show, how he sees It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia having a 10-season run, and broadcaster responsibility, in regard to violence on television.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

TV Casting: Brie Larson to Guest Star on COMMUNITY; Demián Bichir Set as Lead in FX Pilot THE BRIDGE

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A couple of TV casting stories of interest have surfaced today.  First up, 21 Jump Street star Brie Larson has been tapped for a guest stint on the upcoming fourth season of Community.  Larson joins an impressive list of actors set to appear in the new season, including James Brolin, Malcolm McDowell, and Matt Lucas (Bridesmaids).  TV Line reported the news of Larson’s involvement, but her role is being kept under wraps for now.  She’ll pop up during the show’s seventh episode, in which Dean Pelton plans a “Sadie Hawkins” dance at Greendale.  Naturally, Britta (Gillian Jacobs) plans her own “Sophie B. Hawkins” dance in protest and completely misses the point.

Hit the jump for a casting coup for the promising new FX serial killer drama pilot The Bridge.  The fourth season of Community returns on October 19th at 8:30/7:30c.  For more on what to expect in the new season, check out our interview with Danny Pudi.

John Landgraf (President & General Manager of FX Networks) Talks POWERS, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, WILFRED, JUSTIFIED, ANGER MANAGEMENT and More

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for FX, President & General Manager of FX Networks John Landgraf took some time to talk about their current hit series, new shows, and what they see as possibilities for their future line-up.  During the interview, he spoke about the status of American Horror Story as a mini-series and the differences in Season 2, the positive futures for both Wilfred and Justified, the possibility of the back 90 episode pick-up for Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management, why Sons of Anarchy always gets overlooked for Emmy Awards nominations, whether Powers might still make it to the air, and their pilots for The Americans (starring Kerri Russell), Bronx Warrants (from Denis Leary and Jim Serpico) and The Bridge (based on the Danish series of the same name).  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

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