HomeTVDramaShowtime Drops The Guillotine on The Borgias Jenna Dorsi June 5, 2013 5 Comments 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. 5 Responses pjc722 June 6, 2013 DARN… this is a nice guilty sunday pleasure for me. Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon June 6, 2013 Curses! Not only was this a fantastic show, it was the most historically accurate of any cable show produced in the last fifteen years. I am simply furious. Log in to Reply CatOTO June 6, 2013 Bummed. The show transported me back in time! Loved the history, the feuds and alliances, and especially the Cesare-Lucrezia interaction. I hope the final episode does prove to be a fitting last chapter, especially if Neil Jordan ran out of material to fill up a full fourth season. I would love a feature-length movie wrapping it all up, though, and am pissed that Showtime couldn’t have extended the budget a little to get that made. Log in to Reply JasamForever June 6, 2013 Such a shame. I just started watching this season and was really enjoying the show. They could have at least given half of a fourth season. Not fair to the fans. Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon June 6, 2013 I have to add that for François Arnaud’s beautiful face to not be on a TV screen is an enormous loss to mankind…..womankind, too.;) Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.