Premium network EPIX® announced today that Bridge and Tunnel (previously announced in development as Gibson Station) has been greenlit to series. The six, half-hour episode season will premiere on January 24, 2021. Written, directed and produced by Edward Burns (Saving Private Ryan, Public Morals), this dramedy series set in 1980 revolves around a group of recent college grads setting out to pursue their dreams in Manhattan while still clinging to the familiarity of their working-class Long Island home town. Production is currently underway in New York.
The series features a stellar ensemble cast including Sam Vartholomeos (Star Trek: Discovery), Caitlin Stasey (Reign, Please Like Me), Gigi Zumbado (9-1-1, Criminal Minds, Scream), JanLuis Castellanos (13 Reasons Why, Marvel’s Runways), Brian Muller (The Deuce, Madame Secretary, The Good Wife) and Isabella Farrell (The Good Fight).
In addition to Burns, the series is also executive produced by Aaron Lubin (Something Borrowed, Public Morals) and Lori Keith Douglas (The Village, Friends from College). This is the second series from EPIX Productions. Bridge and Tunnel will be internationally distributed by MGM.
Edward Burns and Aaron Lubin have been producing partners at Marlboro Road Gang Productions for the past 20 years and recently completed Burns’ 13th feature, Beneath the Blue Suburban Skies, which premiered to outstanding reviews at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Lubin and Burns also executive produced and Burns starred in the finale episode of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories for Amblin Partners, Universal Television and Apple Television, which premiered in March on Apple’s new platform. Spielberg, Amblin and Lubin also executive produced Burns’ police drama Public Moralsin which Burns wrote, directed, produced and starred in every episode for TNT. Burns’ coming-of-age romance film, Summertime, premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and is set to be released in early 2021.
“JIMMY” – SAM VARTHOLOMEOS
A dedicated and passionate photographer, who is just starting to discover his style, Jimmy’s a charming and sensitive 22-year-old young man. After college graduation, he returns home to Long Island for the summer and quickly falls back into the arms of his ex-girlfriend Jill, faced with the ultimate dilemma of whether to continue this relationship or risk losing his new job photographing for National Geographic in Alaska.
Vartholomeos is repped by ICM and Soffer/Namoff.
“JILL” – CAITLIN STASEY
Jill, assertive and confident, dreams to move to Manhattan to become a famous fashion designer, but she fears her on-again, off-again relationship with Jimmy might force her to leave Manhattan and hit the road with him, jeopardizing her goal of succeeding in the fashion industry.
Stasey is repped by A3.
“TAMMY” – GIGI ZUMBADO
A sweet, studious, shy former high school Valedictorian, and recently admitted to Columbia Business School, Tammy is biding her time in the summer working as a waitress in the town diner, but finally telling the man she’s always loved her true feelings.
Zumbado is repped by CESD.
“MIKEY” – JUANLUIS CASTELLANOS
Charming and frequently the object of desire, Mikey received his college degree in accounting to appease his family and fit in. With the help of Tammy, he begins to rediscover his passion as an artist, and confronts the idea of abandoning a safer path to consider a future in the arts.
Castellanos is repped by APA.
“STACEY” – ISABELLA FARRELL
Wild, tough-as-nails, college dropout, forever a party girl. She recently moved into her boyfriend’s Manhattan apartment, but is pulled back to Long Island when she reconnects with an old boyfriend from Long Island.
Farrell is repped by Innovative Artists.
“PAGS” – BRIAN MULLER
Playful, sweet, the character of the group. Pags has dreams of going to law school and becoming a successful music attorney.
Muller is repped by HCKR.
“ARTIE” – ED BURNS
A house painter who once dreamed of being a photographer, Artie loves his suburban life and supports his son’s artistic dreams. But he also is dreading the day Jimmy leaves the nest.
EPIX®, an MGM company, is a premium television network delivering a broad line-up of quality original series and documentaries, the latest movie releases and classic film franchises – all available on TV, on demand, online and across devices. EPIX® has tripled the amount of original programming on the network and has become a destination for original premium content with series including Godfather of Harlem, starring and executive produced by Forest Whitaker; Perpetual Grace, LTD, starring Sir Ben Kingsley; spy thriller Deep State; epic fantasy drama series Britannia; War of the Worlds, from Howard Overman and starring Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern; two-part music docuseries Laurel Canyon; docuseries Slow Burn based on the hit podcast; docuseries NFL: The Grind, from NFL Films and hosted by Rich Eisen; Belgravia, from Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame and the creative team from Downton Abbey; six-part docuseries Helter Skelter: An American Myth, executive produced and directed by Lesley Chilcott; six-part docuseries Enslaved featuring Hollywood icon and human rights activist Samuel L. Jackson; as well as upcoming premieres of drama Chapelwaite, based on the short story Jerusalem’s Lot by Stephen King and starring Academy Award winner Adrien Brody; music docuseries By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem; docuseries Fiasco and season two of Pennyworth, the origin story of Batman’s butler Alfred. Launched in October 2009, EPIX® is available nationwide through cable, telco, satellite and emerging digital distribution platforms as well as through its EPIX NOW app, providing more movies than any other network with thousands of titles available for streaming.
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