Watch My Show: The Bridge's Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid Answer Our Showrunner Survey
by Michael Schneider
Diane Kruger, Demian Bichir
FX’s The Bridge (Wednesdays, 10/9c) reinterprets the hit Danish/Swedish drama Bron as a modern-day dark thriller about a crime that occurs on the border between the U.S. and Mexico and how tensions along the border impact that investigation. Thrust together as unlikely partners on the case are a no-nonsense El Paso investigator (Diane Kruger), whose Asperger’s makes her off-putting to many, and her charming but cunning counterpart from Chihuahua State Police (Demian Bichir). Executive producer/writer Meredith Stiehm knows a thing or two about mysterious cases, having created Cold Case, while fellow exec producer Elwood Reid knows a thing or two about characters, having been a carpenter, a cook and a bouncer before writing paid the bills. Stiehm and Reid explain why we should hop on The Bridge before its Oct. 2 season finale.
TV Guide Magazine: I have time to watch one more show. Why should it be yours?
Elwood Reid: Subtitles. You need subtitles in your life. And we have excellent mustaches.
TV Guide Magazine: Who should be watching?
Meredith Stiehm: FX fans, fans of the original Scandinavian version, and anyone interested in drug wars, cowboys, lost girls and cops.
TV Guide Magazine: What happens if we don’t watch?
Reid: I’ll come looking for you. I’m 6’6″, took a lot of blows to the head and am prone to casual violence. I’m told I loom with the best of them.
Stiehm: You’ll miss out on one of the deepest acting benches on TV right now: Diane Kruger, Demian Bichir, Annabeth Gish, Ted Levine, Thomas Wright, Matthew Lillard, and the list goes on.
TV Guide Magazine: Give us an equation for The Bridge.
Stiehm: Traffic plus The Wire minus wiretapping plus a serial killer divided by a border.
TV Guide Magazine: What’s the best thing anyone has said or written about your show?
Reid: One reviewer described Steven Linder as a “vampire, werewolf pedophile.” That’s pretty awesome.
TV Guide Magazine: What’s the worst thing?
Reid: The criticism of Diane Kruger’s performance — we knew we’d be in for some heat because Sonya Cross is not exactly cuddly. But she’s a grower, as they say.
TV Guide Magazine: Who was right?
Reid: Again, I’m 6’6″, do you want to argue? Diane Kruger’s kicking ass. End of discussion.
TV Guide Magazine: What’s an alternate title for your show?
Stiehm: The Crossing or A Tale of Two Cities.
TV Guide Magazine: Tell me something about your amazing cast.
Stiehm: Three of our five leads weren’t born and raised in the U.S. People are surprised to hear Diane and Thomas speak with foreign accents when not acting on the show.
TV Guide Magazine: If you weren’t producing this show, on what series would you most like to be an executive producer?
Stiehm: Downton Abbey. I’m an Anglophile.
TV Guide Magazine: Pick another show with which to start a fake feud.
Stiehm: Mad Men. My husband writes for it.
TV Guide Magazine: With what show would you like to do a crossover episode?
Stiehm: Downton Abbey. I’ll make it work.
Reid: Duck Dynasty.
TV Guide Magazine: Finish this sentence: If you like _______, you’ll love The Bridge.
Reid: Breaking Bad, Coen Brothers and Korean movies.
TV Guide Magazine: How will your show change the face of TV as we know it?
Stiehm: Networks will be less afraid of subtitles. FX took a brave step by letting us use them so liberally, and judging by our strong ratings, no one seems to mind.
TV Guide Magazine: Let’s scare the network. Tell us an idea that didn’t make it to the screen.
Reid: The Red Quinceañera.