'The Borgias' Renewed for a Third Season by Showtime

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May 4th, 2012


via press release:




LOS ANGELES, CA (May 4, 2011) – As episode five of THE BORGIAS’ second season debuts this coming Sunday on SHOWTIME, the network has ordered a third season of Vatican intrigue and Renaissance drama, with ten episodes to premiere in 2013. Production is slated to begin this summer in Budapest, Hungary, starring Jeremy Irons in his Golden Globe® Award-nominated role. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.


THE BORGIAS stars Oscar®-winner Irons as Pope Alexander VI, the cunning, manipulative patriarch of the infamous Italian Renaissance family who builds an empire by bribing, buying and muscling his way into the papacy. In addition to Irons, season two also stars François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Joanne Whalley, Lotte Verbeek, David Oakes, and Colm Feore. As the series continues to unfold, the greatest existential threat to Alexander’s Papacy may not come from foreign adversaries or ambitious political operatives, but may linger within his most trusted inner circle – his family. The cunning Cesare engages his dark side; the profligate Juan turns murderous and ostracized by his family; and the increasingly independent Lucrezia refuses to be a pawn in her family’s continued quest for power. The second season is executive produced by Neil Jordan, Jack Rapke, Justin Falvey, David Leland, John Weber, Sheila Hockin and James Flynn. It is a Canadian-Irish-Hungarian Treaty co-production. Last year, the series earned Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Costumes and Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.


For season three, Academy Award®-winner and Emmy nominee Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire), will continue to serve as creator, executive producer, and will serve as writer and director of select episodes.


Season two of THE BORGIAS currently airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and will finale on Sunday, June 17th at 10 p.m. ET/PT.


  • GoBorgias

    Good news! This is a fun little show (although I will admit that I typically wait until I have 3/4 episodes stacked up on my DVR). Hopefully since the ratings are similar to “The Big C”, yet this is much more expensive to producer TBC will get a renewal soon as well :)

  • Concerned Citizen

    Don’t like the show at all, so not too thrilled about its renewal, but saw it coming. I am a bit surprised that they’re not renewing it along with The Big C and Nurse Jackie; I figured they’d want to renew them all together. I’m guessing there’s just some legal mumbo jumbo that still needs to be worked out with the other two.

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  • Jason

    Good stuff.

  • Mon

    Yes! It is a very good show. I’m glad it is renewed despite lower ratings compared to other premium cable series.

  • don

    great show

  • Andrew

    Another Big C fan here who is curious as to what the Borgias renewal means to my show’s fate? Anything? Opinions?

  • Jen A

    Woohoo! I was pretty confident it would be renewed, but confirmation that it has been is fabulous. Now I can just sit back and enjoy season 2 even more!

  • John A

    Its ratings arent that good. A bit quick renewing it.

  • velouria00

    Never in doubt, but still good to get the official news. The last two episodes have been the best of the entire series so far.

  • Saul

    Great news. Season two has been much better than the first season so if you gave up on it last year you should give it another shot.

  • peter

    The Borgias is like The Tudors. Historically not very accurate but you keep watching for the stories and the sexy cast. And i’d rather have someone learning one thing or two about Europe’s history rather than not knowing anything.

  • thesnowleopard

    Yaayyy! Love that show (hated The Tudors).

  • Rodrigo

    Awesome news!!!

  • JasonA.

    it is a good show, it could be more exciting and thrilling like the tudors was though, a lot of episodes feel mundane idk, but it is a good show and even if the stories dont develop fast enough it does make you wanna keep watching because characters are very well developed, its deff not a show for anyone.

  • Travis

    I’m still watching it but I was kind of hoping they would cancel it so the budget could be used for a new show or something.

  • Jordan

    Great news. This series keeps getting better.

  • Annonimous

    Second season much more intresting than first. First was solid on all grounds (writing, acting, directing, production quality), but story grip varied between episodes. Any ways, worth seeing just for Jeremy Irons. Other cast members did terrific job too, even if not so famous.

  • CCV

    Glad to hear this. This season’s definitely stepped up. I was worried with the ratings, considering it must have a very high budget for Showtime. As long as the writers keep focusing more on the political intrigue and less on who’s-sleeping-with-who, I’m in. If I wanted a show THAT vapid, I’d watch the Tudors.

  • sam

    Love this show. It is extremely addictive and glad to see it is coming back for a third season.

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