Mafia Drama Brotherhood Gets Whacked

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According to E! Online's Kristin Dos Santos, Showtime's drama Brotherhood will not return for a fourth season. Brotherhood depicted an Irish-American mafia family in Rhode Island. The Peabody Award-winning show was known for its quirky writing, initially the work of Henry Bromell and Blake Masters.

Though the show's network, Showtime, hasn't officially declared its end, E! discovered that the 3rd season DVD would be labeled "The Final Season," and commenters on the site were quick to recognize the show's imminent end from the previous season's episodes.

Will the departure of Brotherhood leave a hole in Showtime's canon? Or was the mafia drama riding on the unforgiving coattails of the last premium cable mafia show, HBO's The Sopranos? America's been in love with mob-related television (and film) ever since The Godfather, but Brotherhood's portrayal of Irish-American gangsters may have disappointed fans who prefer their wise guys to hail from Italy.

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