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‘The Borgias’ Cancelled By Showtime: Why Was Drama Cancelled At 3 Seasons In Advance Of Finale And Could There Be A Movie?

Season Finale 'The Prince' Is Set To Air June 16th

By AJ on June 5, 2013 7:11 PM EDT 0

Credit: Showtime
Credit: Showtime

"The Borgias" season finale is set to premiere at June 16 on Showtime. The decision my Showtime to cancel the show seems shocking to many fans but at 2.4 million weekly viewers the drama, centered around the powerful aristocratic Italian family, was lagging behind other similar shows like "Game of Thrones" and "Vikings."

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Fear not, the finale "The Prince" will still air and hopefully give us fans a sense of closure.

For the uninitiated:

"Oscar® winner Jeremy Irons stars in THE BORGIAS, the saga of history's most infamous crime family. Conspiring with his ruthless sons Cesare and Juan and poisonously seductive daughter Lucrezia, the charismatic Rodrigo Borgia will let nothing and no one stand in the way of his relentless quest for wealth and power. Mercilessly cruel and defiantly decadent, intimidation and murder are his weapons of choice in his scandalous ascension to the papacy in Renaissance-era Italy."

"The Borgias" creator Neil Jordan said in a statement, "I never thought I would make a cable series and have enjoyed every minute of it. For a variety of reasons we won't be doing a fourth season, but, 'The Prince' [the final episode], 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."

It seems odd that Showtime, would cancel a good show like "The Borgias." Could Neil Jordan go the "Arrested Development" route and produce a movie? He did say, "I would like to finish it with a two-hour movie. Another 10 episodes is kind of exhausting. I've mapped out a movie, which, if (Showtime brass) agree, will shoot in June with the same cast, and finally the Pope will die horribly."

Credit: Showtime
Credit: Showtime

Jordan went on to assure fans, "For a variety of reasons we won't be doing a fourth season, but, 'The Prince' [the final episode], 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 David Nevins for their unstinting support over the last three years, and look forward to working with them in the future."

Needless to say, fans are shocked. Hopefully we will see a "The Borgias" movie. If you're feeling depressed from the loss of 'The Borgias' you might want to check out another similar church drama by Showtime, 'The Vatican' was announced Thursday and will feature, "spirituality, power and politics -- set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church. The series will explore the relationships and rivalries as well as the mysteries and miracles behind one of the world's most hidden institutions." And guess what? It's  going to be produced by Ridley Scott.

Now, we know it won't make up for the loss of "The Borgias" but it might come close. 

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