February 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM EST

Based on the Scandinavian series Bron, about a dead body found on a bridge between Sweden and Denmark, FX’s thriller The Bridge, debuting in July, takes the same concept and transfers it to the U.S.–Mexico border. Due to the position of the victim, two detectives — one Texan (Inglourious Basterds‘ Diane Kruger), one Mexican (A Better Life‘s Demián Bichir) — must team up to investigate. Some of the show’s elements sound a lot like AMC’s The Killing: the Scandinavian murder mystery, the mismatched investigators. But exec producers Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid, who worked together on Stiehm’s CBS series Cold Case, insist that they’re telling a much broader story. ”On a grandiose level, it’s a border tale,” says Stiehm, who left the writing staff of Showtime’s Homeland for The Bridge. ”It’s about America and Mexico.” Adds Reid, ”We want to explore the labor issue, the immigration issue, and tell it in a really good, twisty crime story.” One thing that won’t be explored: a romance between the leads. ”There’s not going to be the ‘kiss’ episode,” says Reid. ”No offense, we’re not doing Castle here.”

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