The Grand Finale of 'The Borgias' Airs Sunday, June 16 on Showtime

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June 11th, 2013


via press release:



The power-hungry Pope Alexander VI and his cunning children, Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia, sinned, sexed and scandalized their way through three seasons on THE BORGIAS.  With ambitious plans to create a hereditary kingdom across the heart of Italy, they must rely on their love and devotion to one another to continue their legacy.  Tune in to see how the dramatic saga of one of history’s most infamous dynastic families concludes on Sunday, June 16th at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.


THE BORGIAS stars Oscar® winner Jeremy Irons in his Golden Globe®-nominated role as Pope Alexander VI, along with François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Joanne Whalley, Lotte Verbeek, Sean Harris, Thure Lindhart, Gina McKee, Peter Sullivan, Julian Bleach and Colm Feore.  The series is created by Academy Award® winner and Emmy® nominee Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire), who also serves as an executive producer, writer and director of select episodes.  Additionally, the third season is executive produced by Jack Rapke, Darryl Frank, John Weber, Sheila Hockin and James Flynn.  THE BORGIAS is a Canadian-Irish-Hungarian Treaty co-production.

  • Tara

    We are mad about Showtime’s decision to abort this amazing show.. Game of Thrones is about the story of games with 30+ characters who suddenly die and so you hardly love someone. The Borgias made its fans so much in love with its 3-4 characters that if they die, WE’D DIE FOR THEM!

  • Chipsgirl26

    Seriously, who would watch the Borgias when Game of Thrones and Mad Men are on? The Borgias is soooo boring. Good riddens to unwatchable trash. I hope Showtime has better luck with their other boring shows.

  • Miat

    The Borgias was a great series. Wonderful acting and production value. There was nothing remotely boring about The Borgias. Intelligence and attention was all it took to enjoy this amazing series. If a person was short on either they might have found it not to their taste. For those of us who demand more than run of the mill tv fare, The Borgias more than filled the bill.

  • Unhappy Borgia Fan

    Showtime is making a HUGE mistake. This is hands down the best show on television right now. There is no other show like it and there is no show that even touches its caliber in terms of writing, acting, directing, and design (the costumes, furniture, beautiful weaponry, etc.) Huge loss for Showtime.

    @Chipsgirl2 – Mad Men is a soap opera parading as a “serious drama.” Game of Thrones consists of 9 filler episodes and one episode where something actually happens. I watch all three shows, and I urge you to watch season 3 of The Borgias and see a show that is perfectly paced and action packed.

  • Alex

    The best show ever seen… Huge Mistake of Showtime turn it off… Huge lost for the ones who enjoy an inteligent serie.

  • Melissa

    Showtime is canceling their best series? WTH? Could they be more stupid? It’s 3 primary actors are mesmerizing. How does one even look away from the screen when they are on it? Unbelievable! This is going to go down in history as the 2nd best show ever canceled, right after “Firefly.” The least they could do to show the fans a little respect for watching the show is give us a 2 hour movie conclusion. But no. Let’s just leave them hanging. Stupid! Rude! And just wrong!

  • Brent

    Agreed, this was my wife and i favorite show. we also watch mad men and games but the acting and characters in this show topped them all. we are devastated that the show is done after this year. it only gets better as the seasons go on. the first season of games might have topped this but the second and third the Borgias was hands down better. we are really going to miss it.

  • Jon

    Thank you Showtime for canceling the Borgias. I can now cancel my monthly subscription with no reason to continue watching or paying for your programming. You were my last reason to continue paying for cable as well. June 17th I will cut the chains and officially unplug. To the cast and crew of the Borgias, I thank you for three tremendous years!! Good luck to you all. You will be missed!!!

  • Tiffani

    Yeah, for reals, anything intelligent, historically captivating becomes boring because so many people in this world enjoy mindless dramatic escapades from hill billies and new money singers fighting on stage for a show. I have NOTHING literally to watch on TV anymore but BS, thank God for books or we would never learn our history. Big fat up yours Showtime for joining the idiocracy of this country!

  • Irene

    Sounds like Neil Jordan got bored. Showtime is making a big mistake. This is/was a very good show. Will so miss Cesare. Showtime is losing Dexter – another HUGH mistake.

  • Avryl

    Please rethink this – a lot of effort & brilliant acting went into this show. There are many people who enjoyed this show – me included. Such a pity that trash keeps winning over brilliance. BRING BACK THE BORGIAS !!!!!

  • Sabria

    This is hands down the best show on television, (along with GoT – no need to compare them, it’s not a competition). Not only that, but it has gotten better, deeper, more riveting each season. The character arcs are some of the best I have ever seen. Not to mention the acting chops on Francois Arnaud (who plays Cesare)! So how can they end it when it’s getting even better? Bad move Showtime. At least give us the movie, that’s all we ask. A conclusion that doesn’t feel like a cliffhanger for the non-existent Season 4. As someone else said recently, this show is going to go down in history as an unfinished masterpiece, and that is just a damned shame.

  • Ella

    The family’s journey is NOT over despite what Neil might say. Season 3 ended with nothing but loose ends – there is SO much more story to tell!!! Please give us a Season 4 with more gripping storylines and amazing performances by brilliant actors who have the best chemistry on TV. BRING BACK THE BORGIAS!!!!

  • Liz Hightower

    WHAT!!!!Why in the HELL would they cancel this show!!
    Whoever said that Game of Thrones had too many characters and they killed them off was spot on!
    I agree, PLEASE reconsider!!

  • Fay

    Dear ShowTime, For me, as a VERY DEDICATED fan of these wondeful, excellent, high standard series, this is an UTTERLY DISRESPECT FOR YOUR AUDIENCE.Since the announcement that you will cancell the series, i am TRULLY ANGRY. Do you honestly think, that we, the Borgias Fans, will torelate that mockery of yours?? Think again dear.. Afterall, your BUSINESS is to keep the viewers content and happy.And you have fail to do that, infact you fooled us, saying just a few days before the cancellation, that you will give us “a proper ending”,because you respect your viewers. And you mocked us. Unfortunately, you underestimate and miscalculate our numbers and our love for this series. But we are going show you “THE ERROR of your ways.” Afterall, WE have the powerfull choice: To Pull the plug..So unless you give us at least a half season, as a marginal amend for disrespect us….. NO MONEY, NO HONEY DEAR. Fay

  • Frances

    Cancelling The Borgias – with 3 out of 4 chapters of the story done?! Really? SHO didn’t even single out ratings as they know 60-80% of the viewers watch it On Demand. Instead cancellation seems to have been sparked by Neil Jordan’s restlessness and SHO’s apathy. And the BIG LOSERS are the fans that stuck with this show since the start. I am still hopeful Showtime will make it right. I know, dumb of me.

  • kryan

    well now I can choose that I wont get showtime. was the only reason I would have gotten it but no reason to now. Hope another station would be willing to pick it up or at least do the 2 hour finale to wrap it up. (^^%) to Showtime

  • loco73

    I think this whole back and forth about “Game Of Thrones” versus “The Borgias” is idiotic. I think that what is more important is the fact that another good show is being cancelled withough at lesat an attempt of having somekind of a wrap-up. It is true that by trying to create a more realistic show rather than a soap opera with costumes, if you think about it, there isn’t really a way to do a definitive ending…just an ending, but that doesn’t justify the cabcellation of the series. I enjoy both “Game Of Thrones” and “The Borgias” and watch both. I thought Showtime had build a good foundation with “The Tudors” in so far as the historical genre goes and that “The Borgias” was a great addition.

    I only hope for Showtime’s sake that they have thought this re-tooling of their line-up through, if not they’ll find themselves where HBO was about5 years ago…in the dumpster, they had cancelled “ROME”, “Carnivale” and then “Deadwood”. “The Sopranos”, “The Wire” ended and they were left with nothing. Then along came “True Blood” and “Treme” and then later on “Boardwalk Empire” and “Game Of Thrones”…Showtime is pretty much there.

    “Dexter” really had to end, it is better to go on a high note than end up in mediocrity. Now that “The Borgias” are done, they really only have “Homeland” and “Californication” as their anchor shows. They better hope and pray that “Ray Donovan” (which looks like a potential winner) and “The Vatican” works out for them…Too bad for all the people who invested time in this show, pretty rough landing…sad to see a quality show get cancelled…Well I guess there’s always a new season of “Duck Dynasty” and “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” to look forward to!

  • jayem49

    The Borgias is a great series and I am crushed that it has been cruelly taken away from us! I have come to know and love, and in some instances, hate (one or two) of these characters. Cesare and Lucrezia’s story has been AWESOME, the finale was fantastic-how could such a series be cancelled??? Hats off to Francois Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Sean Harris, and Jeremy Irons!You will be missed…..

  • sue_the_trucker

    Sounds like Showtime really sucker-punched their viewers. The Borgias was real purty. Used to watch it at my girlfriends house once in a while. I got HBO myself and sticking with it. They’re not perfect but they’re not this rough either.

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