I hate to mention when I predicted something, but it is inevitable. It turns out I was 100% right when it came to the fate of The Borgias over on Showtime. Despite the show’s fantastic portrayal of period politics in Western Europe, it never seemed to find viewership beyond that of The Tudors. This was unfortunate because nowadays when a drama on the premium network finds only half a million viewers or less, it sticks out like a sore thumb. Dexter, Homeland, and Shameless all perform wildly better which is why it has become apparent that after their contemporary-set Ridley Scott Vatican drama launches next year, Borgias could be on its way out. The news on that end today is that it looks highly probable the show will not receive a fourth season renewal. It instead is likely get a two-hour movie to wrap things up much like we recently saw with The Big C and that will be that. The good news is that Jeremy Irons has suddenly become available.
For those who missed the season three premiere of The Borgias last night, Showtime has posted the returning period drama online and free for all to enjoy. Watch as Jeremy Iron reprises his role as Rodrigo Borgia, a corrupt cardinal turned an even more corrupt pope who uses his family for political gain in 15th century Italy. The supporting cast is filled by Francois Arnaud (Cesare,) Holliday Grainger (Lucrezia,) and Colm Feore (Giuliano Della Rovere.) Continue Reading
There is a new trailer out for The Words tonight that is much more abbreviated than the previous one. Despite its shortened nature, it manages to show new footage and somewhat adjust what moviegoers might be thinking about this effort from directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal. Instead of highlighting the plagiarism-heavy plot, the newest trailer shines a light on its character-driven relationships. Continue Reading
Bradley Cooper has been hard at work upping his street cred in the drama department ever since he broke out in 2009′s The Hangover. The actor’s latest picture comes in the form of The Words under the direction of Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal who also wrote this film as well as TRON: Legacy. Continue Reading
Jeremy Irons is still making the rounds to promote The Borgias, and earlier today he stopped by This Morning to chat with Gayle King and Charlie Rose. Ratings are pretty soft for the period drama thus far, but Showtime remains committed to the show even suggesting at one point an unheard of ‘on-demand’ promotional campaign in order to generate viewership as Sunday night competition is rather rough. Of course, none of that is mentioned in the morning program where topics of conversation mostly stuck to his career and the show’s premise.
Jeremy Irons is set to reprise his Golden Globe-nominated role as Rodrigo Borgias in the second season of Showtime’s The Borgias and here is the first glimpse viewers get from the upcoming episodes. The period drama will likely return in the spring after Shameless finishes its sophomore run, and from the looks of this trailer the dramatic conclusion to season one becomes completely undone as the French king marches on Rome once again.
Olivia Wilde has signed on to star alongside Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) in a dramatic thriller called The Words which centers around Cooper’s role as a plagiarist writer which ultimately comes back to bite him in the end. Continue Reading
Showtime issued a press release tonight announcing the renewal The Borgias for a second reason. The show’s ratings are tracking well compared to it’s predecessor’s (TheTudors.) And given that The Tudors ran for 4 seasons, Showtimes will likely keep this show on the air as long as ratings don’t slip. Read more for the full press release. Continue Reading
The ratings are in for Showtime’s premiere of their new period drama, The Borgias, and they are right where Showtime probably expected them to be. The show garnered 1.06 million viewers at 9 PM and 1.49 million in a stat that includes the show’s 11 PM rerun. This is the networks best premiere of an original series since Dead Like Me seven years ago (1.11 million). Continue Reading