City Renews Blockbuster Original Drama Bad Blood for Season 2
TORONTO (March 6, 2018) “We take care of our friends… so long as you remain a friend.” Following a successful six-episode Season 1 run, City is taking care of its viewers by greenlighting eight new one-hour episodes for Season 2 of the compelling, original drama Bad Blood, starring Canadian powerhouse Kim Coates. Produced in partnership with New Metric Media and Sphère Média Plus, in association with distributors DHX Media and Skyvision, writing on the new season is currently underway with production slated to begin this summer for a Fall 2018 premiere. Additional broadcast details will be announced at a later date.
Season 1 of Bad Blood is nominated for three 2018 Canadian Screen Awards, including nods for Kim Coates and Maxim Roy for Best Lead Actor and Actress, Drama or Limited Series, respectively, and Michael Konyves for Best Writing, Drama or Limited Series. Both Coates and Roy are among the confirmed presenters for Sunday night’s CSA broadcast gala.
“The calibre of talent both in front of and behind the camera, in addition to the overwhelming viewer response, made the decision to renew Bad Blood for Season 2 an easy one,” said Nataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media. “The team is already hard at work on eight fresh new scripts and we couldn’t be more excited to expand on this compelling Canadian storyline to give City viewers even more high-quality original drama to sink their teeth into.”
Reaching 3.2 million Canadians and consistently holding a spot in the Top 10 shows among all English stations during its time period (Ind. 2+), Season 1 of Bad Blood followed the true-crime saga of one of Canada’s most notorious mafia bosses, Vito Rizzuto (Anthony LaPaglia). Now, five years after Rizzuto’s death, his former right-hand man Declan Gardiner (Coates) is the reigning king of the Montreal drug trade – that is, until a new breed of mafiosos arrive to wage war in an attempt to wrestle the city from his grasp.
Michael Konyves will return as showrunner, alongside writers Patrick Moss and Alison Bingeman. Additional casting details will be announced in the coming weeks.
Full Season 1 episodes and exciting extras are available on Citytv.com, Rogers on Demand, Rogers Anyplace TV, and the City app for iOs, Android, and fourth-generation Apple TV. Fans can also find additional behind-the-scenes featurettes, interviews, cast bios, photos, and more on Citytv.com and the official seriesFacebook,Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
*Source: Numeris, Total Canada, BY 17/18 weeks 4-9, Ind. 2+ unless otherwise noted, AMA(000), CumeRch(000)
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About New Metric Media
New Metric Media is a film, television, and new media production company that works with top creative talent to produce outstanding content for domestic and international markets. New Metric Media’s past and present projects include the CraveTV hit original comedy LETTERKENNY as well as the half-hour CraveTV comedy WHAT WOULD SAL DO? and the six-episode, one-hour City/FX Canada limited series BAD BLOOD. For more information visit NewMetricMedia.com.
About Sphère Média Plus
Headquartered in the Montreal area and founded by Jocelyn Deschênes in 1997, Sphere Media Plus has nearly 1,200 hours of series television to its credit, along with productions that have been sold or adapted in numerous international markets. In Canada, the company’s programs have been seen on the ICI Radio-Canada, TVA, Séries+ (Corus Média), CBC, Bravo (Bell Media) and CTV networks. Police drama 19-2 has been acclaimed in both English and French. The English version was named Best Dramatic Series at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards, and the series was recently nominated for a 2016 International Emmy® Award in theBest Dramatic Series category. Season 2 of THIS LIFE, the English adaptation of NOUVELLE ADRESSE, has recently finished airing on CBC. Over the years, Sphere Media Plus has won numerous industry and people’s choice awards, including more than 135 Prix Gémeaux (French Canada’s TV industry awards) and four (4) Canadian Screen Awards. The company continues to develop new projects for French and English-language markets. For more information, visit SphereMedia.ca.
City™ television stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal, and Saskatchewan offer viewers intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse television programming. A distinct alternative to other conventional television stations, City engages its viewers with dynamic on-air personalities and delivers an entertaining mix of news, local-interactive formats, such as Breakfast Television and Cityline, as well as local Canadian and acquired prime-time entertainment programming. City is part of Rogers Media Inc., a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI), which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information on City stations and programming, visit Citytv.com.
Stephanie Perron, City, Stephanie.Perron@rci.rogers.com , 647.278.6799