'The Borgias' Renewed for a Third Season by Showtime

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May 4th, 2012

 

via press release:

SHOWTIME® SERVES UP MORE SIN AND SEDUCTION

WITH THIRD SEASON PICKUP OF “The Borgias

 

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.

 

 
  • Mumbo

    Oh awesome. I liked The Tudors a lot, but I think The Borgias is better, if only because Jeremy Irons is just so damn good. Who cares that he looks absolutely nothing like Pope Alexander and has a British accent when he’s supposed to be a Spaniard? He just pulls me into the character so much.

    The plan is four seasons, like The Tudors, to cover Alexander’s papacy and hopefully this great show gets to live that out.

  • Taz Man

    Just goes to show that U.S ratings arent everything for a cable show like “The Borgias”, its ratings have more than halved in the key demographic yet it still gets a full order. I wish I had access to the profit and loss reports on a show like the Borgias to see how they make money on a show with poor ratings for the U.S which has such high production values.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Just goes to show that U.S ratings arent everything for a cable show like “The Borgias”, its ratings have more than halved in the key demographic yet it still gets a full order. I wish I had access to the profit and loss reports on a show like the Borgias to see how they make money on a show with poor ratings for the U.S which has such high production values.”

    Showtime is a premium channel. They only care about subscriber numbers and how they are helped or hurt by individual shows, they don’t sell advertising, so ratings are far less relevant to them, except as one of many indicators of a particular show’s draw to their subscribers.

  • jay

    I love this show. I saw it when it first began and I have kept with it ever since. The first season was good as it was just setting up everything for the 2nd season which was/is even better and from what I’ve watched so far, they are setting it up for an even better season 3.

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