The U.S.-Mexican border becomes the setting and the subject of the atmospheric new police drama "The Bridge" (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA). The gruesome action begins immediately, when the body of a female American judge and vocal anti-immigrant activist is found on the bridge separating the two countries. The victim has also been sawed in half.
The border incident forces El Paso Detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) to work in tandem with Detective Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) of the Chihuahua State Police. From the start, we see that Cross is a little different. She takes by-the-books exactitude to the extreme. She won't let an ambulance cross the border because it might pollute the crime scene -- despite the fact that the heart attack victim inside needs immediate care. Ruiz, a cooler head and a cooler guy, waves it through -- much to Cross' outrage.
This incident, and these attitudes, set up the tension in "The Bridge." It's intriguing, but it might be better if the characters weren't so weighted with cultural symbolism.
---The new NBC series "Camp" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14) is a botched affair. But an interesting mess, nonetheless.
While the summer camp lends itself to horror, teen sex romps, or maybe a musical, the makers of "Camp" wanted to use the setting for a complex relationship dramedy a la "Parenthood" or "Brothers & Sisters." Rachel Griffiths stars as Mackenzie Granger, the owner of Little Otter Family Camp. She's perky and neurotic. Her husband of several decades has just dumped her.
Mackenzie's teen son, Buzz (Charles Grounds), is mortified to be working around his mother. He befriends Kip (Thom Green), a too-serious teen who'd rather be screening old movies, not unlike a Woody Allen character. Kip is smitten by Marina (Lily Sullivan), a pretty teen trying to escape a minor scandal.
Teens and adults trade in rather frank sex talk on "Camp," including one rather tasteless joke at the expense of writer Christopher Hitchens, who died last year after a long battle with cancer.
"Camp" will probably seem too "Porky's" for fans of adult dramas and too adult for the ABC Family crowd. Like I said, "Camp" is a mess, albeit one worth thinking about in the "What were they thinking?" vein.
---Down to 10 on "Master Chef" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---Fear of heights on "Arrow" (8 p.m., CW, r, TV-PG).
---Future plans on the series finale of "Family Tools" (8:30 ABC, TV-PG).
---New findings about Egypt's King Tutankhamen on "Secrets of the Dead" (9 p.m., PBS).
---"America: Fact Vs. Fiction" (10 p.m., Military) challenges widely held myths and assumptions.
Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith star in the 1991 Peter Pan adaptation "Hook" (8 p.m., BBC America).
---"The Daily Show" and "Col bert" are pre-empted.
---Kevin Bacon, Charlie Hunnam and Bernhoft appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS).
---Channing Tatum and Sarah Colonna are on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., r, E!).
---Salma Hayek and Houndmouth appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS).
---Jay Leno welcomes John Malkovich, Olivia Munn and Blackberry Smoke on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---Annette Bening, Michael B. Jordan and Karmin appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC).
---Adam Sandler, Mireille Enos and Eleanor Friedberger with The Roots visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Cedric the Entertainer on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
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