CITYTV’S BAD BLOOD IS ABOUT TO GO GLOBAL

Netflix announced Tuesday that it will begin broadcasting the show Dec. 7 to its 137 million worldwide subscribers. The global release by Netflix is a significant turn for the drama, moving it out of the relative back water of Canadian programming.

Canadian actor Kim Coates was talking recently to his friend, the visionary bad-boy American writer and producer Kurt Sutter.

Sutter had cast Coates in his defining role as enforcer Tig Trager in FX’s violent, genre-defining biker drama Sons of Anarchy. But what the producer really wanted to know was when he would be able to see Coates’ well-regarded Canadian Mafia-themed show, Citytv’s Bad Blood.

Kim Coates stars as gangster Declan Gardiner in Citytv’s Bad Blood.
Kim Coates stars as gangster Declan Gardiner in Citytv’s Bad Blood.  (ROGERS MEDIA)

“He asked me the other day, when the f-k are we going to see this?” said Coates, in an exclusive interview with the Star along with Bad Blood executive producer Mark Montefiore. “I’ve been telling people for a year it’s coming.”

Sutter and other fans of Coates’ work don’t have to wait much longer. Netflix was to announce Tuesday that it will begin broadcasting the show Dec. 7 to its 137 million worldwide subscribers.

The global release by Netflix is a significant turn for the drama, moving it out of the relative back water of Canadian programming.

A platform on the streaming service can supercharge the series, as happened with CBC’s Kim’s Convenience on Netflix or Baroness von Sketch on IFC, allowing enthusiastic new fans into the mix.

The talented Montefiore has been on a remarkable roll. Brilliant comedy series Letterkenny, which he executive-produces, was picked up by Hulu, finding a new wave of fans geeking out over of all places, Sudbury, Ont., where the series is made.

 

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