'The Borgias' Canceled by Showtime After Three Seasons

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June 5th, 2013


via press release:



LOS ANGELES, CA (June 5th, 2013) – The epic saga of THE BORGIAS, a complex, unvarnished portrait of one of history’s most infamous dynastic families, is created by Academy Award®-winner and Emmy® nominee Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire).  The series will conclude with its final episode on Sunday, June 16th at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.  This expansive drama series stars Oscar® winner Jeremy Irons in his Golden Globe®-nominated role as Pope Alexander VI, the cunning, manipulative patriarch of the infamous Borgia dynasty, who builds an empire by bribing, buying and muscling his way into the papacy.  THE BORGIAS cast also includes François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Joanne Whalley, Lotte Verbeek, Sean Harris, Thure Lindhart, Gina McKee, Peter Sullivan, Julian Bleach and Colm Feore.


"It has been an honor to work with the great Neil Jordan and the incomparable Jeremy Irons on THE BORGIAS," said David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.  "Neil has written nearly every episode of this series himself.  His extraordinary storytelling combined with Jeremy's fascinating portrayal of the infamous Pope Alexander VI, has made for truly outstanding television that will live on.  I look forward to future collaborations."

“I never thought I would make a cable series and have enjoyed every minute of it,” said series creator and executive producer Jordan. “For a variety of reasons we won’t be doing a fourth season, but, ‘The Prince’ [the final episode], when I wrote it and shot it, did seem like the end of a journey for the family. Whatever bonded them as a family dies in this episode, and the center of the drama for me was always the family. I want to thank SHOWTIME and David Nevins for their unstinting support over the last three years, and look forward to working with them in the future.“

Filmed entirely on location in Budapest, the series' final episode finds Alexander (Irons) and Cesare (Arnaud) reconciled at last, and now ready to take their first step towards their ultimate goal: to create a hereditary kingdom across the heart of Italy.  Cesare marches his fearsome army to lay siege to enemy Catherina Sforza’s (Gina McKee) castle at Forli.  Later, back in Rome, Cesare is embroiled in a brutal scuffle with Lucrezia’s (Grainger) husband Alfonso, who as a result, is now dying a slow and painful death over the subsequent days.  Devastated, Lucrezia turns to her potions to end his life painlessly, with Cesare vowing that now she will be his for good.

Season-to-date, THE BORGIAS averages 2.4 million weekly viewers across platforms, on par with its sophomore season through the same time frame, with its most recent eighth episode delivering the series highest-rated episode and night this season. In addition to Irons' Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by a Television Actor in a Drama, the series has earned a total of 10 Emmy nominations to-date, earning two awards in its second season for Outstanding Costumes and Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.

Jordan serves as executive producer, writer and director of select episodes.  The third season is also executive produced by Jack Rapke, Darryl Frank, John Weber, Sheila Hockin and James Flynn.  THE BORGIAS is a Canadian-Irish-Hungarian Treaty co-production.


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  • ebony

    Well this show is great, just now finding out about it. So I agree people who say there was little to none advertising because I am now just finding out about the show. I am on the second season and every episode is great. The acting; the costumes; the writing is excellent. I am big on personal development so I don’t find very much on tv to be worth my time making Borgias the exception to the rule.

  • Penn

    When any historical and/or serialized presentation is accepted by any network for viewing, it is an extreme disservice to the viewership to cancel the program prior to airing a suitable conclusion. The network certainly has the right to cancel a program. The problem is that when such practices ocurr, it has a tendency to make viewers shun other such presentations for fear of being left out to dry again. There is so much left untold here and it will leave a bitter taste in cable viewership. The dedicated viewership deserves a conclusion.

  • Lisa

    I am extremely upset that the Borgias has been cancelled. The series had been an intelligent, interesting story that is a rarity in today’s network programming. I’m really disappointed!

  • corgigurl

    I think from now on I will not watch anything until the series is actually finished so I don’t get invested in something that will just get cancelled and anger me. This was a great quality show, and I have watched it from the beginning. I am so disappointed. Their loss. People hate putting their time in a series and having it pulled out from under them like this. What does it say about society when trash reality shows and crap shows get renewed forever and they can’t keep something like “The Borgias” going?

  • corgigurl

    “Penn” said it perfectly. We’ve been hung out to dry. I felt the same with “Rome” Two seasons were definitely not enough. We were left wanting. Anyone that knows anything about ancient Rome knows that it could have gone on ast least through the first four or five emperors.

  • TL

    A Machiavellian plot :(

  • Gloria Etes

    I just found “The Borgias” this season, so I missed the first and second ones. I enjoyed watching it very much and am disappointed it’s being canceled. I would definitely like to see a final 2-hour movie to bring the story to a close. I was impressed with the acting, set decoration, costume design, music, and story line (although I was surprised to learn much of it was fictional). Kudos to all involved in this endeavor!

  • Judy T

    My husband and I are very upset that Showtime cancelled the Borgias. We thoroughly enjoyed watching the show. The least they could have done is made a 2 hr movie and finalized everything

  • JJ

    I don’t subscribe to Showtime, I’ve watched “The Borgias” through Netflix. If they can bring back “Arrested Development” perhaps the same could be done for “The Borgias.”

  • Lomarpo

    We need the two hour movie. The show was great and needs and deserves a better ending. Too many great shows are cancelled without the proper closings such as Southland.


    I am super sad, I love the show I look forward to it the whole week. It just depends on the taste of people I think it would have had more fans if somehow it would be advertised to a certain group of viewers. Well its a matter of taste, I loved it.

  • Béatrice Djahanbin

    I was tremendously disappointed to find out the series was being cancelled. Well written, with great acting and amazing production values,I thought it was both entertaining and thought-provoking. I felt cheated at the end of Season 3, because there seemed to be so much more to tell.

    I hope the idea of a movie is reconsidered (with, of course, the same wonderful actors).


  • B. Sams

    Shocked!!!!!!!!!! I loved the show and was looking forward to season four.

  • chris

    Totally disappointed. Finally a series that you can get interested in gets axed. Its a fascinating part of history that we know little of and all we get is three seasons.

  • Leslie Hall

    What’s new! Just another brilliantly written TV series down the tube. I feel as if these network executives don’t feel we’re worth decent programing just slap anything together the American public is gullible they’ll watch anything. Sorry guys you’re wrong. With the money I’ll save on a Showtime subscription I’ll order Netflix.

  • Itsme

    One of the only shows I really liked.

  • CookieWatcher

    I am so very upset that Showtime cancelled the series,it was always good but this last season was awesome. You got the know all the people and colonies, and kingdoms – and Cesare~ I need to see him each and every week. How could Showtime let this go?????? Very disturbing, what a mistake. I only got Showtime for this specific series. Now I guess I can cancel, no need to keep it.

  • Amber

    I am so mad that the show is being cancelled the show is one of the reasons i pay for showtime that and the game of thrones. Im so pissed!!” The season finale was no series finale there is so much more they could do!! I just love the show so much im truely upset. **tears**

  • Sheila & Raymond Evans

    We hate it that there will be no more Borgias! We looked forward to Sunday nights just for this show. It was hot and steamy and Jeremy Irons is the sexiest man ever. I love the whole setting and age of this drama. Please Please Please make a movie!! Jeremy is the bomb!

  • cici

    I hope there will be a final movie where the Pope dies eventually. Love the actors, very well done, will miss the show.

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