The Borgia Pope is dead! After three seasons, Showtime has cancelled its period drama The Borgias
, which is currently in its third (and now final) season. The series finale will air Sunday, June 16 at 10pm.
The show's creator, Neil Jordan, originally planned a two-hour film to wrap up the story, but Showtime has shut that down as it would cost too much. In an interview with Deadline
, Jordan explained that the extra two hours would've ended with Pope Alexander VI's death. As he was on his deathbed, confessing his sins, he would be interrupted by his confessor who would say "I'm sorry, it's too late, you're already dead and burning in Hell." Ouch.The Borgias
stars Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander VI during his reign in the 16th century, filled with corruption and ruthlessness.
The show premiered with just over 1 million viewers, but ratings have slipped and it has consistently done less than that ever since. However, it did have a recent uptick as the June 2 episode had the show's best ratings since the season 1 finale more than two years ago.
This marks the second Showtime drama ending this year. Dexter
is also airing its final season starting Sunday, June 30 at 9pm. That only leaves two current Showtime dramas on the roster, Emmy-winning Homeland
and family dramedy Shameless
. However, 2013 is a rebuilding year as it will also include two new dramas, the upcoming Liev Schrieber L.A. fixer series Ray Donovan
and the 1950s and '60s period drama Masters of Sex
starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan.
Are you saddened by the end of The Borgias
and the fact that there won't be a two-hour TV movie to wrap up the story like Showtime did for The Big C
?(Image courtesy of Showtime)