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Brotherhood: Showtime TV Show Is Really Over, No Season Four

BrotherhoodWe’ve suspected the bad news for months but now, it’s been confirmed that the Brotherhood series has indeed been cancelled by Showtime.

Brotherhood revolves around the lives of two brothers in an Irish-American neighborhood in Rhode Island. Tommy Caffee (Jason Clarke) is a family man and local politician while his brother Michael (Jason Isaacs) is a professional criminal who’s involved with the Irish mob. Others in the cast of this gritty drama include Kevin Chapman, Annabeth Gish, Fiona C. Erickson, Brian Scannell, Kerry O’Malley, Fionnula Flanagan, Madison Garland, Billy Smith, Frank Ridley, Matt Servitto, Ethan Embry, Brian F. O’Byrne, Tina Benko, and John Fiore.

The series debuted on Showtime on July 9, 2006 and, despite some very positive reviews, Brotherhood didn’t attract a lot of viewers; just 450,000. Showtime nevertheless renewed the show for a second season — albeit one made up of only 10 episodes. They started airing in September of 2007 and the premiere brought in just 370,000 viewers.

Brotherhood won a Peabody Award in 2007 and continued to garner critical attention. Situated behind Dexter, the show attracted its best ratings with 650,000 viewers on November 18, 2007. The pay-for-view cable channel continued to stand behind the show and renewed it for a third season.

Entertainment president Robert Greenblatt said, “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.” In November 2008, the season three debut attracted just 305,000 viewers.

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Earlier this year, rumors started to circulate that Brotherhood wouldn’t be returning for a fourth season. Showtime execs wouldn’t say one way or the other and the actors, as well as viewers, were kept in the dark as to the show’s future.

In January, Greenblatt said, “It’s a show that we love, and we’re just trying to figure out what the future might be. We have a finite number of slots for shows, and we’re in that difficult place of trying to make that decision.”

Lost actress Flanagan told EOnline in February, “We’re on hiatus, and we’re waiting to hear what Showtime’s pleasure is about that. It will all have to be balanced with what else Showtime has on its roster for this next year. Usually the shooting season was the summer, so I should imagine that we’ll know soon.”

The show’s future began to look especially grim when Australian actor Clarke was cast in U.S. Attorney, a new drama series for CBS. Though the show was not picked up for Fall, it may end up on the network’s midseason schedule.

Now, the speculation about Brotherhood can finally be put to rest. Showtime and Paramount Home Entertainment have officially announced the DVD release of season three and the title is Brotherhood – The Final Season. Things don’t get any plainer than that. The set will be released on September 22nd and can be purchased now at a pre-release discount. (Please note, the title on Amazon hasn’t been properly updated as of this writing.)

Some have expressed that the third season finale gave closure to the series. Tommy became the speaker of the house and Michael left Providence once again. Do you agree, or are you just left wanting another visit to The Hill?


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Anonymous September 16, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Best series ever,then they set rid of it. Big mistake.


David Ruffo September 14, 2014 at 12:44 am

One of the best shows ever ! And they cancelled it. Such a shame. I am so disappointed. It was as good as, in some ways better, than The Sopranos. Terrible decision to cancel it.


Anonymous August 27, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Best series Showtime ever put out. What could they be thinking?


Anonymous September 14, 2014 at 12:39 am

One of the best shows I have ever seen. Why they didn’t continue is a mystery.
I am so disappointed.


Lenildo andrade June 1, 2014 at 4:24 pm

That’s too bad! I really liked this show.


gary young March 21, 2014 at 1:39 pm

fantastic show I cannot believe it was on a pay per view channel not everyone are millionaires what a letdown


Larry August 14, 2014 at 10:52 pm

That is the thing though. If it wasn’t on a premium channel, It would never be as high in quality as it was. It would never have been as greatly written, acted, and directed as it was. Being on premium cable allows series like Brotherhood to exist on their own terms. Telling the story it wants to tell as opposed to the story a network wants to tell. This show would have never even existed without Showtime and it is amazing that they let it continue so long with the ratings it had. They let it come to a satisfying conclusion and let it run 3 seasons with very low ratings so, We should be grateful for that.


brian February 24, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Terrible market research showtime… people were obviously hit by the financial crisis, and less people were able to afford premium cable stations. That does NOT mean corporate should cancel the best show that ever aired on the network…brutal mistake


Joey Laurento September 23, 2013 at 11:39 am

One of the best shows on cable when it came out. I do believe had netflix had been around, it would have survived. Sad nobody picked this show up!!!


Daniel May 1, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Only heard of it a few weeks ago but know watched all three seasons and its amazing please make a season four


ktown January 27, 2013 at 2:56 am

it was cancelled because showtime cost too much. i just watched all 3 seasons in 2 weeks… good show


Jenny Durrstein May 30, 2012 at 5:29 am

Just recently started watching-loved.Husband enjoyed too!We both agreed the cast was great.Sorry to see it end.We both use our DVRwork-hours & have gotten hooked on Showtime.I hope our other shows stay or get rid of Showtime!


Shaunna May 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

I cant believe that it is cancelled!!! I REALLY like this show! I wish there was something ppl could do to get it back! This stinks! -_-


CMac May 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Just got into Brotherhood on Showtime with On Demand……Incredibly great work! I am disturbed that it has been cancelled. I agree that it could not have been promoted enough during it’s first season to grab enough attention. It didn’t get mine and now I found it by happenstance……..I can’t get enough!!!


Ray February 4, 2012 at 5:04 am

An excellent, modern, complex show. Beautifully acted, too. It’s a shame about the original low viewing numbers, there must have been something wrong with the way the show was promoted. If it had been shown in the UK on one of the major channels it would have gathered at least three times that number, easily.


Rolando Aquino January 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I am very dissatisfied with the decision, Brotherhood was one of the shows that kept me and family anxious to watch each week. We’ll really miss it!!


kathy November 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm

why are all the good shows cancelled. we loved brotherhood hope it comes back. thanks


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