Everything about Bad Blood, eh?

Comments and queries for the week of June 23

I’ll be watching Bad Blood and Fubar [on City this fall].

I shall pass along the info about the space comedy to friends who are Star Trek fans. They may like it. Cheers! —Iris


What are you thinking Corus … cancelling You Gotta Eat Here, Timber Kings and Income Property? These are your bread and butter, so to speak. Trying to find decent Canadian content is hard as it is. You will lose a committed fan by doing this. So very upset. —Shelley

Seriously big mistake cancelling this show. I truly looked forward to John and his funny smile. The show took us to great restaurants people wouldn’t know about without John. What a great way to boost the Canadian economy by letting everyone know about all the great places Canada has to offer the food scene. Poor choice to let the show go. —Michelle

It was a horrible decision! John was an amazing host. I made a point of going to restaurants that he recommended. It was great for the Canadian economy. I am sure many viewers did the same thing So now what, we have to watch Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives?? Seriously Corus, what a pathetic mistake! —Theresa


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City Announces Cast and Production Wrap of Original Limited Series Bad Blood

From a media release:

City Announces Cast and Production Wrap of Original Limited Series Bad Blood

  • Inspired by true events, Bad Blood follows the life and death of notorious underworld figure Vito Rizzuto

Rogers Media announced today the completion of principal photography of City’s original limited event series, Bad Blood. The six-part, 60-minute scripted series stars Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace) as Montreal crime boss Vito Rizzuto, Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy) as Vito’s right-hand man Declan Gardiner, Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas) as family patriarch Nico Rizzuto Sr., and Enrico Colantoni (Flashpoint) as Bruno Bonsignori. Produced by New Metric Media and Sphère Média Plus in association with DHX Worldwide, Bad Blood will debut this fall on City.

Directed by Alain DesRochers (Bon Cop Bad Cop 2, Nitro), production began in Montreal and wrapped in Sudbury, Ont. this past December. The series is inspired by reputed mobster Vito Rizzuto and based on the best-selling book, Business or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto’s Last War by world-renowned organized crime experts Antonio Nicaso and Peter Edwards. Nicaso and Edwards both served as consultants on this true-crime event series.

Bad Blood is a story of family, loyalty, deceit, power, greed and ultimately revenge. Montreal Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto is a criminal anomaly – the only man to bring peace among the disparate wings of the Montreal crime world who would serve as a de facto CEO while ensuring a lucrative payday for all. When Rizzuto is suddenly arrested and extradited to Colorado’s Supermax Prison for the 1981 murders of three Bonanno crime family members, the powerful empire he built begins to crumble. Rizzuto watches helplessly as his family and friends are killed one by one. Upon his release from prison in October 2012, a Shakespearean-level revenge tale unfolds, leading to the brutal murders of his closest companions, and ultimately, to the death of Rizzuto himself.

Additional cast includes Brett Donahue (The Kennedys: After Camelot), Maxim Roy (19-2), Tony Nappo (Shoot The Messenger), Frank Schorpion (Arrival), Joris Jarsky (The Art of More), Michelle Mylett (Letterkenny), Clauter Alexandre (Trauma) and Vincent Leclerc (19-2).

Bad Blood makes it world-wide debut on City and FX this fall, followed by a Radio-Canada broadcast in French. The series is distributed internationally by Sky Vision.