Showtime Drops The Guillotine on The Borgias
The epic saga of papal backstabbing and incestuous relations, The Borgias, has been canceled. The series was not renewed for a fourth season, nor did Showtime order the proposed, two-hour, stand-alone movie. The June 16 Season 3 finale, “The Prince,” will also serve as a series finale.
Starring Jeremy Irons, The Borgias followed Rodrigo Borgia’s rise to Pope of Rome. It also heavily focused on the love affair between his Cardinal-turned-mercenary son Cesare (François Arnaud), and dutiful daughter Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger).
According to Deadline, when a fourth season became unlikely over concerns of there not being enough material for another 10 episodes, Showtime commissioned a movie script by creator Neil Jordan. This was to conclude all character arcs.
Unfortunately, for the series that shoots entirely on location in Budapest, a movie proved too costly. With The Borgias wrapping up, Jordan will return to filmmaking. He hinted he’d still like to do the two-hour script as a feature one day.
Still, both Showtime and Jordan promise “The Prince” will serve as a satisfying series end. Said Jordan:
“The Prince,” 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 center of the drama for me was always the family. I want to thank Showtime and [President] David Nevins for their unstinting support over the last three years, and look forward to working with them in the future.