The family may be riddled with deceit and cunning. But the numbers don’t lie. After delivering the best ratings for a Showtime drama series in seven years (3.71 million viewers across multiple platforms, including On Demand, replays and DVR), “The Borgias” was renewed for a second season, according to a network announcement earlier today.
“The Borgias has become Sunday night appointment viewing for a broad swath of our subscribers,” said David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime . “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.”
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 (“The Crying Game”, “Interview with the Vampire”) 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 (“Wish You Were Here”, “Band of Brothers”) 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” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT through its May 22nd season finale.