THE BORGIAS Season 2 Announced

THE BORGIAS - Jeremy Irons

Showtime has announced a second season pick-up of its hit drama series THE BORGIAS. 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 and writer; and he will 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.

David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc., states that “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, which debuted earlier this month to critical and audience acclaim, delivered the best ratings for a new Showtime drama series in seven years and attracted 3.71 million viewers across multiple platforms (On Demand, replays and DVR) during its premiere week. Season-to-date, The Borgias is pacing ahead of The Tudors’ highest rated fourth season.

Season one of The Borgias airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT through its May 22nd season finale. Ten new episodes will go into production this summer to air in 2012.