For those fans who are about to mourn the impending passing of The Tudors, which will soon debut its final season -- "We've run out of wives," Showtime's president Robert Greenblatt joked today at the TCA -- the network is announcing today a show they hope will be a suitable replacement, The Borgias.
The show is to star Jeremy Irons, in his first series role, as Rodrigo Borgia, patriarch of the infamous Italian Renaissance family in 1492 Italy. The cast of characters includes Rodrigo's two twisted sons, Cesare and Juan, as well as, of course, daughter Lucrezia, who at 14 was the most sought-after political marital match in Europe and who reputedly developed an expertise with poison.
The Borgias was created and will be executive produced by famed film director Neil Jordan, and also produced by the man who wrote all 40 episodes of The Tudors, Michael Hirst. The show will go into production this summer, for a scheduled debut in early 2011.