So my wife and I started watching “Bad Blood”, a Canadian series picked up by Netflix earlier in December. It’s based on the story of the Rizzuto family, mobsters who unified and controlled the Montreal drug trade, corrupt construction and shipping business, and city hall, in the 90’s and 00’s.
It stars Anthony LaPaglia as the head of the crime family, and the always entertaining Kim Coates as his right-hand man. So far it’s no Godfather, but it’s not terrible either, and it provides an entertaining mix of interesting historical facts about the Montreal underworld combined with Coates having license to play the kind of character he plays best. I’m enjoying it.
It looks like the first season is only 6 episodes, and was meant to be a sort of self-contained mini-series. But then the production company decided to expand the story, and it got an 8-episode second season late last year that takes the timeline further along.