The Bridge (Canadian TV series)

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The Bridge
Genre Police drama
Created by Alan Di Fiore
Opening theme "I Got Mine" by The Black Keys
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s)
Running time 40 minutes
Production company(s) E1 Entertainment
Original network CTV
Original release March 5 (2010-03-05) – May 21, 2010

The Bridge is a Canadian police drama commissioned by CTV starring Aaron Douglas. The name of the series is derived from the bridge which connects the wealthy Rosedale neighborhood of Toronto with one of its poorest, St. James Town.

The initial order was for 11 episodes, produced by Entertainment One. After CTV ordered the pilot to series in November 2008, CTV later shared the pilot with CBS.[1] The series premiered on March 5, 2010 on CTV, and July 10, 2010 on CBS.[2] It was canceled in the US after three episodes due to low ratings.[3] CTV announced on June 3, 2010 that the series will return for a second season during the 2010–11 season.[4] However, on January 13, 2011, star Aaron Douglas tweeted that the series had been officially canceled after only one season.[5]



Aaron Douglas' character, Frank Leo, is loosely based upon former Toronto Police Association head Craig Bromell.[6] After being unanimously elected head of the union, Leo sets out to end corruption in the force while working in the best interests of the rank-and-file.


Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
11"Red Door"John FawcettAlan Di FioreMarch 5, 2010 (2010-03-05)101
Fed up with the corruption of his superiors, Officer Frank Leo puts his money where his mouth is and steps up to become the head of the police union.
22"Paint it Black"John FawcettAlan Di FioreMarch 5, 2010 (2010-03-05)102
Fed up with the corruption of his superiors, Officer Frank Leo puts his money where his mouth is and steps up to become the head of the police union.
33"The Fat Lady Sings the Blues"John FawcettAlan Di FioreMarch 12, 2010 (2010-03-12)103
A retired officer is murdered in an attempt to bring about long-awaited changes.
44"The Unguarded Moment"Stuart MargolinDannis Koromilas
John McFetridge
March 19, 2010 (2010-03-19)104
Frank steps up to negotiate the release of several restaurant patrons and a wounded police officer when they are taken hostage by a pair of drug addled gunmen.
55"Vexation of Spirit"Holly DaleGraeme MansonMarch 26, 2010 (2010-03-26)105
After two officers are investigated following a questionable shooting, Frank feels he needs to look into the incident himself when he begins to question the officers' version of events.
66"Damned If You Do"Paul A. KaufmanTracey ForbesApril 2, 2010 (2010-04-02)106
Frank steps in to defend two officers accused of negligence when they make the decision to race a gravely injured child to the hospital themselves rather than waiting for an ambulance.
77"God Bless the Child"Holly DalePeter MohanApril 9, 2010 (2010-04-09)107
Simultaneous kidnappings occur in both rich and poor neighborhoods, and Frank must fight the brass at all levels in order to get equal resources and attention for both cases.
88"Brown Sugar"John FawcettAlan Di FioreApril 16, 2010 (2010-04-16)108
Frank tries to solve the murder of an undercover cop whose cover must remain intact, even after her death.
99"Painted Ladies"Helen ShaverJohn McFetridgeApril 23, 2010 (2010-04-23)109
A misleading call of "Officer Down" puts Frank on the scent of an IA investigation that warrants his attention.
1010"Never Let Me Down Again"John FawcettDannis KoromilasApril 30, 2010 (2010-04-30)110
Frank becomes involved in an incident in which two officers were ambushed and one was left behind.
1111"The Blame Game"Helen ShaverPeter MohanMay 7, 2010 (2010-05-07)111
After a roadside ambush kills his partner, an officer sets out to take revenge.
1212"Voices Carry"John FawcettTracey Forbes
Graeme Manson
May 14, 2010 (2010-05-14)112
A female officer is accused of spying on the police for a street gang.
1313"Chain of Fools"John FawcettAlan Di FioreMay 21, 2010 (2010-05-21)113
Frank finds himself looking for unlikely allies when a group of unknown attackers target him and his friends.


The Bridge is produced by Entertainment One, 990 Multi Media Entertainment Company, and Jonsworth Productions. It was announced that principal photography began on April 24, 2009.[7] The Bridge was originally commissioned as a two-hour movie and a backdoor pilot by CTV.[8]


Canadian ratings[edit]

Order Episode Airdate Viewers
1/2 "Red Door/Paint It Black" March 5, 2010 12.50 1[9]
3 "Fat Lady Sings the Blues" March 12, 2010 TBA TBA
4 "The Unguarded Moment" March 19, 2010 TBA TBA
5 "Vexation of Spirit" March 26, 2010 TBA TBA
6 "Damned If You Do" April 2, 2010 8.71[10] TBA
7 "God Bless the Child" April 9, 2010 TBA TBA
8 "Brown Sugar" April 16, 2010 TBA TBA
9 "Painted Laidies" April 23, 2010 TBA TBA
10 "Never Let Me Down Again" April 30, 2010 TBA TBA
11 "The Blame Game" May 7, 2010 TBA TBA
12 "Voices Carry" May 14, 2010 TBA TBA
13 "Chain of Fools" May 21, 2010 TBA TBA

US ratings[edit]

Order Episode Airdate Rating Share Rating/Share
1 "Red Door" July 10, 2010 2.1 4[11] 0.5/2[12] 2.98 3 7
2 "Paint it Black" July 10, 2010 2.1 4 0.5/2 3.51 2 6
3 "Fat Lady Sings the Blues" July 17, 2010 1.9 4[13] 0.3/2 2.88[14] 4 10

DVD release[edit]

On October 25, 2011, Entertainment One released The Bridge- Season 1, featuring all 13 episodes of the series, on DVD in Region 1.[15]


  1. ^ "Flashpoint pipeline brings The Bridge to CBS". HitFix. February 20, 2009. Archived from the original on August 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ Seidman, Robert (May 25, 2009). "CBS To Broadcast Original Scripted Content on Saturday Night with "The Bridge Beginning July 10". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 26, 2009. 
  3. ^ Chris Harnick (July 22, 2010). "CBS Cancels 'The Bridge' After 3 Episodes". TV Squad. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  4. ^ "CTV Announces Industry-Leading 2010-2011 Canadian Television Package". CTV. June 3, 2010. Archived from the original on November 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Bridge is officially d..." Aaron Douglas. January 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ "The Bridge: This is not Toronto's 51 Division". Toronto Star. March 5, 2010. 
  7. ^ "CTV News - Top Stories - Breaking News - Top News Headlines". CTV. April 24, 2009. Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Sportscaster Magazine". Sportscaster Magazine. April 27, 2009. 
  9. ^ "The Bridge premieres to 1 million viewers". TV, eh?. March 8, 2010. 
  10. ^ Vlessing, Etan (April 7, 2010). "ABC sets 'Rookie Blue' premiere". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Broadcast TV Ratings for Saturday, July 17, 2010". July 18, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Overnight TV Ratings for Saturday: The Bridge Premiere, America's Got Talent ratings, Law & Order: SVU ratings, Cops ratings, America's Most Wanted ratings, America's Funniest Home Videos ratings, Die Another Day ratings - Ratings". TV by the Numbers. July 11, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Broadcast TV Ratings for Saturday, July 24, 2010". July 25, 2010. 
  14. ^ "TV Ratings: The Bridge, Persons Unknown Battle For Saturday Ratings Inferiority". TV by the Numbers. July 18, 2010. 
  15. ^ Lambert, David (September 2, 2011). "The Bridge - Canadian TV's Single-Season Cop Show is Coming to DVD". Archived from the original on September 26, 2011. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 

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