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Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR FX NETWORK - Actors Diane Kruger and Demian Bishir are seen at the premiere of FX Network's series "The Bridge" on Monday, July 8, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision for FX Network/AP Images)
Wednesday on TV: Give "The Bridge" a chance

FX continues its tradition of good, offbeat dramas with The Bridge (Wednesday, 11 p.m.) a police/murder procedural that is worth giving a chance.

It's worth getting through the first episode, which can be somewhat off-putting.

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Detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) is called in when a body is found lying on the bridge between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Chihuahua. Lying right on top of the borderline, half in the United States and half in Mexico.

Cross takes the cliché of the brusque police officer to a whole new level. Because it's not the standard cliché. She has Asperger's, a form of autism, and she has nothing approaching tact.

Watching her talk to the victim's husband is painful. Intentionally.

Cross ends up teaming up with Mexican detective Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir), an uncomfortable but fascinating partnership.

"The Bridge" is full of unexpected plot twists. And, given a chance, it will draw you in.

Also tonight. it's the premiere of Camp (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5), which is a summer series that's sort of an odd family drama set at a summer camp where the kids and the adults are sex-obsessed.

Elsewhere on TV ...

Big Brother (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Housemates compete to be head of the household.

America's Got Talent (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Auditions continue.

MasterChef (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Eva Longoria selects Mexican-inspired ingredients for a mystery box challenge.

Franklin & Bash (7 and 9 p.m., TNT): Peter discovers that Charlie has a daughter.

Family Tools (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Jack and Terry decide to expand the family business. (Series finale)

The American Baking Competition (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A winner is declared in the season finale.

Secrets of the Dead (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): New scientific research provides insights into King Tuts death and life.

Melissa & Joey (9 p.m., ABC Family): Lennox struggles with her college entrance essay.

Baby Daddy (8:30 p.m., ABC Family): Riley hosts a book club.

Royal Pains (10 p.m., USA): Hank and Divya treat the owner of a doggy daycare.

Futurama (11 p.m., Comedy Central): Bender becomes a firefighter; is he also an arsonist?

Hot In Cleveland (11 p.m. TV Land): Emmet plans a proposal.

Necessary Roughness (11 p.m., USA): Dani helps a self-help guru.

The Exes (11:30 p.m., TV Land): Holly and Haskell compete for a woman's affections.

The Soul Man (midnight, TV Land): Old friends visit and bring their new foster child.



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