TORONTO, ON (May 28, 2018) With cameras now rolling on eight all-new 60-minute episodes of the critically acclaimed original drama Bad Blood, City announced today Season 2 casting for the series’ highly anticipated return this fall. Star Kim Coates reprises his role as Canada’s most dangerous, multifaceted mobster, Declan Gardiner, helming a dynamic new ensemble cast, featuring Louis Ferreira (Breaking Bad, S.W.A.T), Anna Hopkins (Shadow Hunters), and Melanie Scrofano (Wynonna Earp).
Kim Coates as Declan Gardiner; L to R: Dylan Taylor, Louis Ferreira, Daniel Kash, and Franco Lo Presti as the Cosoletos in Season 2 of Bad Blood
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Season 2 picks up five years after Rizzuto’s death and 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 from Europe to wage war in an attempt to wrestle the city from his grasp. Declan comes up against rivals, both old and new, who want to start dealing more dangerous substances; meanwhile, the Organized Crime Task Force gets ready to take everyone down with the help of a confidential informant. Although he prefers to work alone, Declan soon realizes that, in order to remain on top, he’ll need to enlist some help.
Ready to go to war with Declan are his enemies, Hamilton’s Cosoleto brothers, Domenic (Ferreira) and Enzo (Daniel Kash, In Contempt, The Strain), and their sons, Luca (Franco Lo Presti, Letterkenny, Schitt’s Creek) and Nats (Dylan Taylor, Rogue, Covert Affairs).
On the opposite side of the law is a Senior Agent in the Organized Crime Task Force, Nellie Bullock (Lisa Berry, 19-2, Supernatural), who is working her confidential informant, Nats’s wife, Valentina Cosoleto (Scrofano). But things turn explosive when Declan refuses an offer to partner with the imported power duo and sultry Langana twin siblings, Teresa (Hopkins) and Christian (newcomer Gianni Falcone). Left with no other choice, Declan looks to partner with an unlikely ally, Rose Sunwind (Sharon Taylor, Bellevue, Ghost Wars), and takes an important friend from his past, Reggie Ross (Ryan McDonald, Fringe), under his wing.
Bad Blood is produced in partnership with New Metric Media and Sphère Média Plus, in association with distributors DHX Media and Skyvision, and with the financial participation of confirmed partners, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the Independent Production Fund, and the Canada Media Fund. Executive producers are Mark Montefiore (Letterkenny, What Would Sal Do) for New Metric Media and Josée Vallée (19-2, This Life) for Sphère Média Plus. Michael Konyves (Barney’s Version, Last Knights), who received a CSA nomination for Best Writing, Drama or Limited Series, returns as showrunner. Kim Coates also serves as producer and received a CSA nomination for Best Lead Actor, Drama or Limited Series, for his role in Season 1. Paula J. Smith (Blood and Water, The Beaverton) is Supervising Producer. Directors include Jeff Renfroe (Cardinal, Rogue) and Molly McGlynn (Mary Goes Round, Working Moms).
Filming is taking place in both Sudbury and Montreal, and surrounding areas. Additional broadcast details will be announced at a later date.
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 series Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
About New Metric Media
Award-winning production company New Metric Media produces outstanding film, television, and new media for domestic and international markets. The company, based in Canada, was recently named the winner of the Banff World Media Festival’s 2018 Innovative Producer Award. Founded by Mark Montefiore in 2013, New Metric Media’s current projects include the CraveTV hit original comedy LETTERKENNY as well as the half-hour Superchannel comedy WHAT WOULD SAL DO? and the City/FX Canada event series BAD BLOOD. New Metric Media is also recognized as a leader in brand marketing for its success with Letterkenny’s off-screen extensions including beers and spirits, collectible merchandise, and Letterkenny LIVE!, a national theatre tour with the stars of the series. For more information visit NewMetricMedia.com
About Sphere Media Plus, a division of DATSIT Sphere Inc.
Based in Montreal and Toronto, Sphere Media Plus has nearly 1,200 hours of series television to its credit – including hit shows like Bad Blood, the police drama 19-2 (in French and English versions), L’Imposteur, Trop, This Life, and Hubert & Fanny. Over the years the company has won 15 Prix Gémeaux (TV industry awards) for Best Television Series and the artists and craftspeople working on these shows have individually won more than 120 Prix Gémeaux. In 2016, the English version of the 19-2 series won its first Canadian Screen Award and received a nomination at the prestigious International Emmy® Award. DATSIT Sphere Inc. was born from the union of DATSIT Studios Inc. and Sphere Media Plus Inc., two production houses recognized by the Quebec audiovisual community for more than three decades. DATSIT Sphere Inc. is a leader in the field of creation, adaptation and production of television content with more than 200 projects in public service shows, game shows, fiction, magazine and documentary.
City offers viewers intensely-local, urban-oriented, and culturally-diverse content through its seven television stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, and Montreal, plus the award-winning City Video app. A distinct alternative to other conventional television stations, City delivers an entertaining mix of Canadian and acquired prime-time programming, news, and local-interactive formats with influential brands such as Cityline, CityNews, and Breakfast Television. City is part of Rogers Media, which is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX, NYSE: RCI). Visit Citytv.com.
May 28, 2018