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.”

Read more:

The Hollywood Reporter

Deadline

TV | Line

Variety

Jeremy Irons at ‘The Borgias’ Press Conference

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 04: Jeremy Irons at ‘The Borgias’ Press Conference at the Corinthia Hotel on May 4, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)

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Jeremy Irons on Studio 360

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Jeremy Irons was recently a guest on Studio 360 with Kurt Anderson.

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“You can’t play a bad guy thinking, ‘I’m a bad guy,’” Jeremy Irons tells Kurt Andersen. “You’ve got to say, ‘Why does he make that choice to behave in that way?’” It’s all about playing the gray areas.

Irons knows from despicable; for 40 years, he’s been our best bad guy — the possibly murderous Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune; the deranged twins in Dead Ringers; the fratricidal Scar in The Lion King. Irons’ latest complicated character is Rodrigo Borgia, a pope with mistresses and illegitimate children, in Showtime’s The Borgias.

It’s a good thing Irons was bad at science. “I wanted to be a veterinarian,” he tells Kurt, “but I didn’t show any signs of a scientific mind.” The headmaster thought he would join the army; his mates thought he’d become an antiques dealer. Instead, at 64, Irons is as busy in film as ever. Kurt wonders whether Irons ever agonizes over the roles he takes. “No, I’m pretty sanguine about that. I sort of know what I want to do and it comes just through appetite. I mean you see a bacon sandwich on a full stomach you think, ‘I don’t want it.’ And then, you know a day later you look at it and think, ‘I’ll eat that.’”

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Bonus Audio – Jeremy’s 3 for 360

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Jeremy Irons on CBS This Morning – April 2013

Jeremy Irons was a guest on CBS This Morning on Thursday, April 4, 2013, to promote Season 3 of the Showtime series The Borgias.

See the video HERE.

‘The Borgias’ Season 2 – DVD Release Dates

The Borgias – Season 2 – Uncut Edition will be released in Canada on September 4, 2012. It’s NTSC Region 1. It’s available now to pre-order through Amazon.ca.

The Region 2 UK Edition of The Borgias – Season 2 is also available to pre-order through Amazon.co.uk. It will be released on November 5, 2012.

Jeremy Irons at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Jeremy was in Cannes to support Trashed.

Reviews of Trashed from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and The Telegraph.

On 21 May, he attended the IWC and Finch’s Quarterly Review Annual Filmmakers Dinner.

On 22 May, he attended the premiere of Trashed with the film’s director, Candida Brady.

Jeremy was also reportedly spotted at Paul Allen’s Cannes party.

Jeremy Irons, Quelle Classe! – from Get the Look

Jeremy Irons at the Grey Goose Carré party in Cannes in honor of the documentary Trashed – from Vogue Italia

Photos by Michael Buckner, Gareth Cattermole, George Pimentel, Venturelli, Alberto Pizzoli.

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IWC And Finch’s Quarterly Review Annual Filmmakers Dinner – Cocktail Reception

ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 21: Actor Jeremy Irons (L) and director Neil Jordan attend the IWC and Finch’s Quarterly Review Annual Filmmakers Dinner at Hotel Du Cap-Eden Roc on May 21, 2012 in Antibes, France. (Photos by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)