NBC's 'Crossing Lines' to make history

Crossing Lines

This Sunday night, NBC debuts a new mid-summer crime series titled 'Crossing Lines.' While the series features some familiar faces, such as Donald Sutherland and William Fichtner, it will break new ground when it airs, as it becomes the first European-made series to be broadcast on a major U.S. network. Not only that, but the series takes place entirely in Europe, mainly in Paris and Prague. 

There are European programs that you can find on American networks, such as PBS, BBC America or even Netflix, but this will be the first test in seeing if a large-scale American audience will tune in to see a foreign story told. If it succeeds, will the door open to more? It certainly seems that way.

“The audience is changing, the world is getting smaller and its more open to global issues, you can see that with feature films which are increasingly being set all over the world, not just in America,”  said Rola Bauer, a 'Crossing Lines' executive producer.  “Network executives are trying different things, trying to give their audiences a full palate. There's the sports, the reality shows, the domestic stories but also something else, something that might have a familiar concept and recognizable talent but is also different, more exotic.”

The show is unique in that it features a combination of the American and European business models. Its budget is huge - $3 million per episode (huge by European standards), which came from European networks, pre-sales and tax breaks.

Check out this trailer:

Ten episodes were ordered for the first season - a number uncommon in both markets, as American shows generally do between 22-24 episodes, while European programs often broadcast between six and eight. An international cast appears on the show and it is filmed on location all across Europe.

“It really is international, both in front and behind the camera you have people from Italy, Germany, France, the States, Canada, Ireland, England,” said Irish actor Richard Flood, a cast member. “It adds an interesting dynamic because all those cultures are really quite different and seeing them come together adds a certain spark.”

Even if the show does poorly on NBC, it will continue on in Europe.

I am super psyched for this show. It looks fantastic. What do you think?

'Crossing Lines' airs Sunday night at 9 p.m.

- William Fichtner
- Donald Sutherland
- Crossing Lines

Written by: Hamatosan
Jun 22nd, 2013, 9:41 am

Images courtesy of NBC


Message Posted On Sep 9th, 2014, 8:44 am
this show is great.. I Really hope we get season 2 in English.. I see season 2 has already aired in France in the audio has been dubbed in French where the hell is our English Version NBC!!!!
ed rx

Message Posted On Aug 20th, 2013, 6:36 pm
from ed rx This new show has me hooked Excellent cast and great scrips make one fantastic series Very original story lines and superb acting Not your usual crime drama Looking forward to many more episodes Saw all ten shows -can't wait for more

Message Posted On Jun 24th, 2013, 11:21 am
i liked it very much. The international flavour added to it immensely.

Message Posted On Jun 24th, 2013, 9:54 am
I really enjoyed the pilot. I will continue watching it.

Message Posted On Jun 23rd, 2013, 8:11 pm
liked the pilot...will watch next Sunday

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Message Posted On Jun 23rd, 2013, 1:49 pm

Looks promising.


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Message Posted On Jun 23rd, 2013, 6:14 am

The title is a little tongue-in-cheek, but I'm looking forward to it.


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Message Posted On Jun 22nd, 2013, 4:51 pm

I'm excited, it looks good, I just hope they don't go over the top with the action on the show.  IMO most shows do better if the backgroud storys are solid instead of the action taking first place (of the top of my head Game of Thrones proves this point nicely).

here's to hoping it does well and it sparking a new global trend :D


Message Posted On Jun 22nd, 2013, 3:17 pm
I am in Italy and I have already seen the pilot, its a good show
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