The initial order was for 11 episodes, produced by Entertainment One. After CTV ordered the pilot to series in November 2008, CTV later shared the pilot with CBS. The series premiered on March 5, 2010 on CTV, and July 10, 2010 on CBS. It was canceled in the US after three episodes due to low ratings. CTV announced on June 3, 2010 that the series will return for a second season during the 2010–11 season. However, on January 13, 2011, star Aaron Douglas tweeted that the series had been officially canceled after only one season.
Aaron Douglas' character, Frank Leo, is loosely based upon former Toronto Police Association head Craig Bromell. After being unanimously elected head of the union, Leo sets out to end corruption in the force while working in the best interests of the rank-and-file.
The Bridge is produced by Entertainment One, 990 Multi Media Entertainment Company, and Jonsworth Productions. It was announced that principal photography began on April 24, 2009. The Bridge was originally commissioned as a two-hour movie and a backdoor pilot by CTV.
On October 25, 2011, Entertainment One released The Bridge- Season 1, featuring all 13 episodes of the series, on DVD in Region 1.