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.
“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.
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.