Providence Warms Up to 'Brotherhood'
Providence Warms Up to 'Brotherhood'
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
While some people choose to see a more traditional action-crime television drama, the residents of Providence, Rhode Island opt for Brotherhood, which is also the setting of this Showtime series.

Created by Blake Masters, Brotherhood, which stared its second season on September 30, is about the organized crime and politics in Rhode Island.  It revolves around the Irish-American Caffee family, particularly local politician Tommy Caffee (Jason Clarke) and his brother Michael (Jason Isaacs) who is deeply involved in the neighborhood's Irish mob.  Despite their differences, the brothers share a strange sense of moral cooperation.  Set on The Hill, a fictional Irish neighborhood located between Broadway and Westminister Street in Providence, Rhode Island, which has large a mix of Italian and Irish background, the series has now established itself a solid following with nearly all the residents of The Renaissance City.

"Everybody has watched the show, watched the DVDs, watched it on-demand.  They know every detail," Isaacs said.

"They love us," show creator Masters said of the mayor and the speaker of the House of Representatives who have already appeared on the show.  “We've got half the state Legislature wanting to do cameos."

Despite its loyal fan base in Providence, and despite earning quite a number of rave reviews from critics, as well as its successful acquisition of a George Foster Peabody Award, Brotherhood hasn't attracted a widespread viewership.

For the first season, its average nightly ratings never broke 600,000.  Robert Greenblatt, the network's president of entertainment, speculated that the extreme violence in last year's pilot may have turned off some viewers.

Nevertheless, the network remains optimistic.  The writers have made some creative changes this season that will hopefully spice up the drama and appeal to more audiences.  According to writer Henry Bromell, season 2 will also have more dark humor.

In an effort to boost ratings, the network has also decided to pair the show with Dexter, the network's most-watched series.

"Critically, Brotherhood surpasses Dexter, " Robert Greenblatt, the network's president of entertainment, said. "Dexter will act as a lead-in and hopefully introduce more viewers to the series."

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: L.A. Times
(Image courtesy of Showtime)