Not surprising. FX has decided to renew their summer drama The Bridge for a second season, giving it a fresh 13-episode order to debut in 2014. The show starring Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger is inspired by a foreign series that goes by the same name. Both versions tackle cross-border crime jurisdiction in the lens of a murder investigation.
Something about that may have clicked with viewers as ratings are on par with other FX programs Justified and The Americans, thus solidifying a brand that many felt was left behind when AMC came out of nowhere with scripted hits Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead.
The network is currently hard at work on ensuring their future is planned as their top program Sons of Anarchy prepares to make its exit after next season, emphasizing more dramatic programming as they ship off younger skewing shows to spin-off destination FXX. Other offerings in the pipeline include Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain, a Paul Giamatti-starring series Hoke, and a Coen Bros.-produced Fargo event series.