"The Bridge," that El Paso-Juarez set murder drama, is building some pretty good press.
This week's Entertainment Weekly names it one of its "12 Killer Summer Series," and features a picture of stars Demian Bichir, who plays a Chihuahua State cop, and Diane Kruger, as an El Paso Police detective, on one of its alternate covers.
The magazine ranks it No. 5 among its killer dozen, calling it "a story you'll be talking about all summer."
The show, about what happens when a body turns up on both sides of the border, debuts July 10 on FX.
The EW story notes that executive producer Elwood Reid and Kruger walked across one of the of the bridges into Juarez as part of their research. "It was actually really nice. To be fair, we didn't go to buy drugs or to pick up a hooker, and it was daylight," she said.
Reid said he was scared and worried about losing his job, since he didn't tell anyone at the network about it. "But we had great tacos," he said.
Rolling Stone also singled it out in a summer cable preview in its new issue, noting its a remake of a Danish series "except with better weather and smarter suspense."
"The run-of-the-mill TV sadism is hard to take. Yet the anguish feels real, and it stays with you," the mag says.
I've seen the show once and will watch it a few more times before writing a review of it. But I will tell you that there's plenty of exterior footage, particularly nocturnal aerial shots, of the border and border highways and bridges.
There's one quick insert in which the star on the mountain has been photoshopped into a higher position.
I also had to laugh at Matthew Lillard's character, a cynical, hard-drinking El Paso Times reporter. I laughed because a) he's driving a BMW (most Times' journos can't afford one) and b) he's shown with another reporter in one looks to be a spacious office, not a cramped newsroom.
But don't let that scare you away. The show is compelling a la "The Killing."