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The Borgias to end after third season

The Borgias

Story by Jack Foley

THE Borgias has been axed after three seasons.

Showtime revealed that the Neil Jordan created drama, starring Jeremy Irons, will end its run with its June 16 episode in the US. The third and final season is due to air in the UK on Sky Atlantic later this summer.

The Borgias was originally scheduled to run for four seasons to parallel the duration of its Showtime predecessor The Tudors but the decision to end the series prematurely comes as Showtime puts its weight being another religion-themed drama, The Vatican.

Produced by Ridley Scott (among others), The Vatican stars Friday Night Lights luminary Kyle Chandler as well as an ensemble including Matthew Goode, Ewan Brember and Bruno Ganz.

The show is being described as a contemporary thriller about spirituality, power and politics set against the modern-day political machinations of the Catholic Church.

Commenting on The Borgias demise, Showtime entertainment president David Nevins said: “It has been an honour to work with the great Neil Jordan and the incomparable Jeremy Irons on The Borgias.

“Neil has written nearly every episode of this series himself. His extraordinary storytelling combined with Jeremy’s fascinating portrayal of the infamous Pope Alexander VI, has made for truly outstanding television that will live on. I look forward to future collaborations.”

Jordan himself added: “I never thought I would make a cable series and have enjoyed every minute of it. For a variety of reasons we won’t be doing a fourth season, but, The Prince [the final episode], when I wrote it and shot it, did seem like the end of a journey for the family.

“Whatever bonded them as a family dies in this episode, and the centre of the drama for me was always the family. I want to thank Showtime and David Nevins for their unstinting support over the last three years, and look forward to working with them in the future.”

During its run, The Borgias has earned a total of 10 Emmy nominations, including wins for costumes and its main-title theme music, while Irons also picked up a Golden Globe nomination.

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