Showtime’s Papal Drama ‘The Borgias’ Gets Season 2 Order

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The blessings and backstabbings of Showtime’s The Borgias will continue for another year. The cable network renewed the series for a second season today.

The Borgias is a historical drama surrounding the appointment of Pope Alexander VI, formerly Cardinal Rorigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons). The Pope’s children Cesare, (François Arnaud) Gioffre (Aidan Alexander) and Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) assist His Holiness in some unholy duties, while keeping various cutthroats and usurpers at bay.

The show debuted earlier this month and is currently just five episodes into its nine-part season. The two-hour premiere landed 1.5 million viewers across two airings: Showtime’s best drama debut in seven years. The series has also done well in Canada. For comparison, the 5th season premiere of Showtime’s poster boy, Dexter, scored 1.75 million.

The high production values and impressive performances of The Borgias have drawn critical acclaim. The scheming and plotting of Catholicism’s royal family make it an easy pill to swallow for Showtime’s adults-only crowd, and the tagline “The Original Crime Family” seems to be well-earned.

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Jeremy Irons is particularly engaging in his leading role. The actor isn’t far out of his element in a period piece: in just the last decade he’s starred in western Appaloosa, fantasies Eragon and The Color of Magic, and historical dramas Casanova and Kingdom of Heaven. Going back a little further, he even played the Musketeer Aramis in 1998′s The Man in the Iron Mask. Irons’ subtly menacing Pope drives the plot forward. 

The Borgias‘ grim subject matter and cinematography make it a “spiritual” successor to The Tudors, Showtime’s dramatization of Henry VIII’s bloody romances. The two series are even set in a similar time period, only a few years apart. The Tudors premiered to a large audience and critical applause, and lasted four seasons, ending in 2010. Michael Hirst, James Flynn and Sheila Hockin, all producers for The Borgias, served the same duty for The Tudors.

The second season will span ten episodes in 2012, giving writers an extra hour to spin the alliances and squabbles of Europe’s spiritual and political monarchies. The first season cost Showtime an estimated $49 million.


The Borgias airs Sunday nights at 10PM on Showtime.

Source: TV Line

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  1. Anybody watching this?
    I have been curious about it.

    • It’s captivating. If you are a history buff, you won’t want to miss this. This might be the best showtime series ever. It is filmed in Bulgaria; absoluletely beautiful cinematography, set, costumes.

    • This is an excellent series. I am watching it for the third time righ tnow

    • Just got done watching the entire first season on netflix, been watching it over a week, freaking awesome.

  2. I have enjoyed it so far but more for the setting/historical nature than for the story/acting.

  3. I can’t be the only person to be hoping for a cameo of Ezio.

    • Nope, I want that too xD

  4. The mesmerisingly handsome Quebecois actor Francois Arnaud is spellbinding and wonderfully cast as the magnificently dangerous Cesare Borgia. What a wonderful role for this talented young actor who seems to have come from out of nowhere to dazzle us! What a wonderful role for him and a fantastic find for acclaimed director Neil Jordan. Bravo!

  5. I’m so waitin 4 the show to come on

  6. It would be excellent if they could work Leonardo Da Vinci in somehow.

    • REALLY?? Its not about the actors but rather the history/story.

  7. Dear writers – please, please, please avoid writing dialogue that makes it seem like a highschool drama – particularly ‘Sis’. This is a European drama and the language should reflect that.
    Moreover, WHY can American writers not master simple regal and noble titles. Kings are HIS MAJESTY (occasionally Your Grace at this period). NOT EVER HIS HIGNESS.

    • We should not be too unkind to the writers for imperfections, I think and sadly they must make some concessions to “popularity”, bless ‘em! As much as we might like this to be more erudite, there is so much in this series that can be commended! The music is anachronistic too for heaven’s sake – but this works wonderfully – honestly, who can criticise the use of such sublime & timeless works by Tallis & Handel? – hair-spliters, that’s who! The writers seem to overuse the word “thus” I’ve noticed…but I can easily let little things like this go and overcome my intellectual snobbery (especially for the sight of Francois Arnaud in leather trousers!)and I do like that bit when he is holding the death’s-head knife while quoting Virgil. And I’m not sure I would’ve read The Prince without being fascinated by this depiction of Cesare or become so immersed in the history of this notorious family. And Berkoff’s Savonarola is awesome.

  8. This series is very good, caught it on-demand once 1st season was over. I got rid of Showtime when the Tudors ended which I thought was another excellent series. Showtime seems to hitting home runs with dramas. BRAVO!!

  9. Can not wait until April

  10. I’m very much looking forward to Season 2. It looks more exciting than the first, and it’s interesting that the script is reputed to be better, too. Of all the characters, Lucrezia is definately my favorite!

    - M. G. Scarsbrook
    Author of the historical novel POISON IN THE BLOOD: THE MEMOIRS OF LUCREZIA BORGIA

  11. This is one of the BEST series we have seen in a very long time… As good as Downton Abbey! Being a art history major and raised a catholic, this makes for truism TV. The deceiption of this Pope was depicted so well. Trying hard no to be too anxious for next airing…

  12. Is there a season 3 or will there be of the biorgios?

  13. This is the best show ever!!!!!

  14. Er…you do actually realise that the Borgias were ACTUAL historical figures, don’t you? That may account for the “creepy” similarities between the game and series, don’t you think?!?!