Showtime Cancels ‘The Borgias’

Wednesday 5 June 2013

It’s official.  Showtime has announced that The Borgias has been cancelled and there will be no fourth season and no two-hour wrap-up movie.

The current third season of Showtime‘s medieval drama will be its last, with the June 16 season finale serving as series finale.

The series was originally envisioned as going for four seasons, matching the run of predecessor The Tudors. But while filming a pivotal scene in the Season 3 finale, Jordan said Irons turned to him and told him that “this feels like the end of something, that the family has come to an end.” While mulling a potential fourth season, Jordan said he wasn’t sure he had enough material for 10 episodes and wasn’t sure whether Showtime would want to commit to another season either. ”As a compromise, I proposed to finish the arc of all the characters with a two-hour movie,” Jordan said, adding that Showtime commissioned the script and he wrote it. “When they looked at what it could cost, it was just too expensive,” he said. “Sadly, that’s what happened. I would have loved to bring all the characters to a conclusion. All of the actors were heartbroken we couldn’t continue, and so was I.” Jordan said he still likes where the story currently ends with the third season finale, especially for siblings Cesare and Lucrezia, and thanked Showtime for supporting  his vision.Doing a standalone movie to wrap the big-budget Borgias would’ve been hard to pull off not only from a production but also from a marketing and promotion standpoint. “Ultimately the show was designed as a regular series, and I was reluctant to do an extra two-hour disconnected from the whole that could be potentially anti-climactic,” Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins said. “Now we have a nice upward build towards the finale. We have a nice ending, a good climax, and I didn’t want to muck it up with an afterthought.”

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Watch ‘The Borgias’ Season 2 Premiere Full Episode

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‘The Borgias’ Season 2 Promo Video and Screencaps

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“The Borgias” Season 2 Promo, posted with vodpod

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‘The Borgias’ UK Premiere – Press Articles

The Borgias premiered in the UK on Sky Atlantic on Saturday 13 August 2011. Here are a few articles from the UK press regarding the series:

The Guardian  “Irons is fabulous….It’s a mesmerising performance”

The Telegraph – [Borgias review]

The Telegraph – Jeremy Irons: Why I said yes to a fornicating pope.

The Daily Mail

Digital Spy UK – ‘The Borgias’ David Oakes interview: ‘Playing a hedonist is fantastic’

BBC – Newsbeat

 

The Borgias – Cast Photos

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Screencaps from The Borgias Preview!

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First photo of Jeremy Irons from ‘The Borgias’

The Borgias - The First Picture of Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia. Production starts this summer in Budapest, Hungary.

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