Showtime Renews 'Brotherhood'
Showtime Renews 'Brotherhood'
Robert Greenblatt, Showtime's president of entertainment, announced yesterday that the network's political-crime drama Brotherhood has been renewed for a third season. The show stars Jason Isaacs and Jason Clarke, and has been a critical darling since it premiered in 2006.

"Brotherhood is one of our shining hours at Showtime -- a drama series that is among the highest quality shows offered anywhere on television, and we're proud to keep it firmly in our portfolio," Greenblatt said.

For the third season of the show, which is executive-produced by creator Blake Masters, Henry Bromell and Elizabeth Guber Stephen, the network has ordered eight episodes, all of which will be filmed on location in Providence, Rhode Island. No date has been set with regards to the start of production, as the WGA strike is still ongoing.

Brotherhood follows the story of Tommy (Clarke) and Michael Caffee (Isaacs), two Irish-American brothers who, despite being on opposite sides of the law, will do anything to protect their neighborhood and what belongs to them. Tommy is a local politician, while Michael is involved with the Irish mob. The show is set in a fictional Irish neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island called The Hill.

Other cast members include Annabeth Gish, Fionnula Flanagan, Ethan Embry, Fiona Erickson, Madison Garland, Kevin Chapman and Stivi Paskoski.

Since its 2006 debut, Brotherhood has been a hit with critics, even earning the prestigious Peabody Award last year. However, a renewal wasn't a sure-thing for the show given its modest ratings.

The show picked up speed last fall with its post-Dexter timeslot. The November 18 record-setting broadcast of Dexter helped boost Brotherhood's viewer count to 651,000 at 10pm and another 110,000 at midnight. The figures mark the series' best yet.

In addition, the network took great efforts to promote Brotherhood. In the hopes of getting more exposure for the show, an edited version of its series premiere aired on Showtime's sister broadcast channel, CBS, in 2006.

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Showtime
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