ooohhhh, you are gonna love me for telling you this.......

Now that Showtime has "run out of wives" for their show, The Tudors...they will soon be in production for a new show.  Are you ready?  Wait for it.  Wait for it. 

THE BORGIAS!!!!!!!!!

Yep, you heard that right!!!  Exciting, huh? of my favorite actors, Jeremy Irons, will be playing Rodrigo Borgia!  I can't wait to know who will be playing Lucrezia!  Oh, this is soooo exciting, but torturous too since we have to wait until next year ;)


Network Greenlights Epic Drama Series Starring Oscar(R) Winner Jeremy Irons and Executive Produced by Academy Award(R) Winning Director Neil Jordan and Veteran Film and Television Writer/Producer Michael Hirst

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 09, 2010 - Showtime Networks has ordered 10 episodes of a one-hour drama series based on the infamous Italian Renaissance family The Borgias, it was announced today by Robert Greenblatt, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. Oscar(R)-winning actor Jeremy Irons will star in the epic drama series as Rodrigo Borgia, the cunning, manipulative patriarch of The Borgia family who ascends to the highest circles of power within Renaissance-era Italy. Additionally, Academy Award(R) winning director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) will create and executive produce the series as well as direct the first two episodes. Veteran film and television writer/producer Michael Hirst, who created, wrote and executive produced SHOWTIME's original series The Tudors, will serve as executive producer/writer.

"Having blazed a trail with the award-winning THE TUDORS, we wanted to continue to offer our audience a period drama as wicked, witty, and utterly compelling -- and that's what THE BORGIAS will be," said Greenblatt. "I can guarantee you've never seen a family quite like this before, nor could you make up the outrageous twists and turns of their epic saga if your life depended on it. The directorial mastery of Neil Jordan along with Michael Hirst's flair for bringing historical dramas vividly to life for a contemporary audience will make THE BORGIAS unlike anything else on television."

THE BORGIAS will be a complex, unvarnished portrait of one of history's most intriguing and infamous dynastic families. The series begins as the family's patriarch Rodrigo (Jeremy Irons), becomes Pope, propelling him, his two Machiavellian sons Cesare and Juan, and his scandalously beautiful daughter, Lucrezia, to become the most powerful and influential family of the Italian Renaissance. And all that power and influence eventually leads to their demise. As Machiavelli once said about his friends, the Borgias, "Politics have no relation to morals."

Jeremy Irons is one of the most celebrated film, television and stage stars of the last thirty years. He has won the Academy Award (R) (Reversal of Fortune), a Tony Award(R) (The Real Thing), two Emmy Awards(R) (Elizabeth I, The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century), two Golden Globe(R) Awards (Elizabeth I, Reversal of Fortune) and a Screen Actors Guild Award(R) (Elizabeth I). His list of memorable films and television include; Brideshead Revisited, The Mission, Dead Ringers, Being Julia, The Merchant of Venice, Lolita, and Appaloosa. Last season he appeared on Broadway in Impression opposite Joan Allen. He is currently nominated for a Golden Globe and SAG Awards for his performance in Georgia O'Keefe.

The series will be produced as a Canadian-European Treaty co-production in a manner similar to the production of THE TUDORS. It will go into production this spring for a debut in early 2011. 

Rodrigo, Lucrezia and Cesare Borgia



  1. That is awesome! I was wondering what they were going to do next...great choice! Thanks for the heads up :)

  2. Sounds interesting and I have always liked J. Irons so I will have to keep an eye out for it.

  3. I never cared for The Tudors, but I am actually watch this one!

  4. I was wondering if they would do another period. I'm not a fan of it, personally, but I like historical dramas so I will watch, I'm sure.

  5. Very cool! Should be a great show. The Borgias were nasty! Though Lucrezia may have gotten a little undeserved bad press thanks to her father and brother. Depends on which stories one wants to believe. I'm guessing the show goes with the wildest of rumors. Makes for better television ratings. :-)


  6. Wowwwwww! The Tudor family is my favourite in history, and the Borgia family is my second favourite! Yesyesyes, I do love you! You've made my day!

  7. Oh awesome! I don't know too much about the Borgias but I'm sure it will be interesting.

  8. More great news! Although I'll have to wait until it comes on dvd since I don't get Showtime. I'm working on season one of the Tudors right now on dvd.

  9. So no more Tudors? NOOOOO!! Henry is not the only Tudor! They have so not run out of Tudors yet! Ok momentary panic over. I think a show on the Borgias would be awesome and would probably suck me in just like Tudors did.

  10. When I read about this the other day I knew I wouldn't be able to cancel Showtime like I was planning after the last season of The Tudors!

  11. Teh Tudors was quite painful to watch. Painfully awful. I have my interest piqued by the Borgias!

  12. Unfortunately we don't get Showtime or HBO.

  13. squee! i can't wait! another period telly show from Showtime! :D

  14. Oh! I haven't watched The Tudors at all, but I might make an effort to watch this one! Can't wait!

  15. I love the Tudors and this one sounds great. I was hoping they'd go on and cover Mary and Elizabeth.

    I know it's shocking but I haven't read anything about the Borgias. Can you recommend a book or series for me?

  16. O my gosh. This is going to be deliciously scandelous. Thanks!

  17. Librarypat - I don't have Showtime either. I just wait until the end of the season, rent the season from Netflix, then have a marathon watching session.

    Very interesting about the Borgias! Jeremy Irons in *anything* makes me an instant fan. I wonder how "modern" they'll go with this next series.

    Thanks for giving us the heads up, Amy.

  18. I too will be waiting for it to show up on Netflix. The good side to that is I can curl up with the kitties under a blanket it enjoy a day of TV.


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