The Bridge

the-bridge1The CTV television series The Bridge is loosely based upon Bromell’s tenure as President of the Toronto Police Association. The lead character, Frank Leo, is modeled upon Bromell and played by Aaron Douglas. Bromell was also an executive producer of The Bridge.

“It is the role of the police to protect society – but who is there to protect the police?

Inspired by the experiences of former police union head Craig Bromell. The Bridge presents unique and realistic insight into the inner-workings of the police world. The exciting procedural drama lays bare the struggles of the big city police union leader, Frank Leo. The charismatic and dynamic Frank represents an 8000 strong army of cops, but has to battle criminals on the street while fighting his own bosses and political corruption in the ranks in order to protect his fellow officers and, ultimately, himself.” – e one

The Bridge Reviews

  • March 3, 2010
    ‘It has to be the most authentic cop series going’
    – The Globe and Mail
  • March 5, 2010
    “New CTV series modelled on Toronto police union boss
    In his portrayal of Toronto beat cop turned union chief Craig Bromell in the new series The Bridge, actor Aaron Douglas says he channeled Tony Soprano, if he was a cop.”
    – CBC News
  • March 5, 2010
    “The Bridge: This is not Toronto’s 51 Division “Aaron Douglas, above, plays Frank Leo, a police officer turned head of the union, in the ‘The Bridge,’ inspired by ex-police union head Craig Bromell.”
    – The Toronto Star
  • July 9, 2010
    A Cop Fights Crimes in and Out of the Station “The show’s strengths are a streets-and-squad room texture that feels authentic, brisk pacing and novelty”
    – The New York Times
  • July 10, 2010
    “Television Review: ‘The Bridge’ on CBS The new police drama set in Toronto, following the highs and lows of a street cop turned union boss, has the potential to rise above the typical male-hero fare.”
    – The Los Angeles Times
  • October 14, 2010
    The Bridge – TV Review “Opening amid the dirtiest of cop crimes, ‘The Bridge’ is a muscular new police series for CBS that has early potential.”
    – The Hollywood Reporter




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