Showtime has renewed The Borgias – the story of intrigue and murder set in 15th century Italy – for a second season. David Nevins, President of Entertainment at Showtime Networks, announced that ten more one-hour episodes will be filmed this summer and will air in 2012.
“The Borgias has become Sunday night appointment viewing for a broad swath of our subscribers,” said Nevins. ”Neil Jordan’s cleverly crafted tale of a 15th century papal family has proven quickly addictive. It’s a tribute to his incredible skills as an auteur and to the extraordinary cast led by Jeremy Irons that this show fits so seamlessly into our line-up of quality shows.”
In its first week, The Borgias drew an audience of 3.71 million viewers across multiple platforms (On Demand, replays and DVR) and has since delivered the best ratings for a new SHOWTIME drama series in seven years.
The series stars Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia, the cunning, manipulative patriarch of the Borgia family who builds an empire by bribing, buying and muscling his way into the papacy. Along the way, the family commits virtually every sin in the book and invents more than a few of their own.
Academy Award-winning director Neil Jordan will continue to serve as creator, executive producer, writer and will again direct the first two episodes. Accompanying Jordan this season is writer and director David Leland who will write several episodes and also direct two episodes. The series will again be produced as a Canadian-Irish-Hungarian Treaty co-production.
The Borgias air on Showtime in the United States and Bravo in Canada on Sundays at 10pm.