The Borgias

borgias2013Fans of The Borgias are protesting the cancellation of the series in a unique way.

With the Canadian co-production wrapping up its third and final season this month, fans are staging a “send sardines” event later this month in support of a fourth season.

Organizers of the event are asking fans to send Showtime president David Nevins canned fish with the following message: “WE are The Borgias‘ fans and WE feel unloved. WE have been in the wilderness far too long. WE will dine on sardines until you give us Season 4 . And so should you!” Continue reading »

borgias2013The Canadian-produced drama series The Borgias has been cancelled.

The Neil Jordan drama will come to an end following its season finale this month after three seasons on the air.

Showtime made the call this week to stop producing the series, which features Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander VI.

“It has been an honor to work with the great Neil Jordan and the incomparable Jeremy Irons on The Borgias,” said Showtime entertainment president David Nevins said. Continue reading »

borgias2013The Borgias returns with a brand new season to Bravo this month.

As a new pope acknowledged for his humility and compassion for the poor begins his papacy, Bravo presents the exclusive return of one of history’s most notoriously corrupt and decadent papal families, The Borgias.

Ranking as the #1 program on Bravo during its second season, the Canadian co-production and multiple Canadian Screen Award winner returns for a third season on Sunday, April 14 at 10 p.m. ET. Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons returns to The Borgias in his Golden Globe-nominated role of Pope Alexander as he clings to power to preserve the family legacy and establish the papacy as a hereditary monarchy across Italy. Continue reading »

Sunday, May 27 at 10 p.m. on Bravo!

Juan (David Oakes), bitter and humiliated, now has syphilis and turns to opium to dull his pain. Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger), Giulia (Lotte Verbeek) and Vanozza (Joanne Whalley) discover that the improvements to an orphanage they demanded from the Cardinals have not begun, so they turn to blackmail to finish the project.

Sunday, May 20 at 10 p.m. on Bravo!

Juan (David Oakes) returns from Spain, flanked by a retinue of conquistador generals led by the proud Don Hernando. Alexander (Jeremy Irons) is impressed by his son’s new found confidence and orders him to lead the Papal armies to besiege Catherina Sforza’s (Gina McKee) castle. In Florence, Cesare (Francois Arnaud) and Machiavelli (Julian Bleach) witness Savonarola’s (Steven Berkoff) puritan zealots strengthen their grip on power, culminating in the fevered destruction of art works in the “Bonfire of the Vanities.”

Sunday, May 13 at 10 p.m. on Bravo!

Convinced that a lightning strike was a sign of God’s disapproval, Alexander (Jeremy Irons) begins a fastidious regime of Lenten fasting. Alexander’s political problems worsen when Cesare’s (Francois Arnaud) intemperate killing of Giovanni (Ronan Vibert) has hardened the enmity of the powerful Sforzas. Desperate for new allies, Alexander recruits Vanozza (Joanne Whalley) to persuade a reluctant Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) to marry again.

Sunday, May 6 at 10 p.m. on Bravo!

Alexander (Jeremy Irons) sends Cesare (Francois Arnaud) to Catherina Sforza’s (Gina McKee) castle in Forli to demand that she swear allegiance to Rome. In Forli, Catherina receives Cesare graciously and proceeds to seduce him. However, she refuses to swear allegiance to the Pope.

Bravo! announced today the highly-anticipated return of one of history’s most intriguing and infamous families, with the Season 2 premiere of the Canadian original series THE BORGIAS, Sunday, April 8 at 10 p.m. ET.

On and off the screen, some of Canada’s finest creative talent have helped rank THE BORGIAS as the most successful new series in Bravo!’s history.

From breakout roles by Stratford’s Colm Feore and Montreal’s François Arnaud, and Gemini Award-winning production design by Montreal’s François Séguin, to Emmy-nominated visual effects by Toronto’s SPIN VFX, THE BORGIAS captivated nearly 3 million Canadians in its first season.

Season 2 welcomes gifted Canadian television and film director Kari Skogland to join the critically-acclaimed team. With entire post-production completed in Toronto, THE BORGIAS was shot on location in Hungary last summer and fall.

The international co-production (Canada/Hungary/Ireland), airing day-and-date with its U.S. broadcaster SHOWTIME, takes North American viewers back to Renaissance-era Italy where sin and debauchery were cloaked in robes of religious piety. Unlikely alliances, family warfare, political vengeance and religious corruption rule Season 2 of Bravo!’s hit Emmy and Gemini Award-winning series, which stars OSCAR®-winning actor Jeremy Irons in his GOLDEN GLOBE®-nominated role of the menacing patriarch Rodrigo Borgia.

“With Season 1 delivering record-breaking audiences for Bravo!, THE BORGIAS returns to the forefront of Bravo!’s refreshed lineup of quality, immersive programming, highlighting some of the best creative minds Canada has to offer,” said Catherine MacLeod, Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. “Season 2 promises to up the stakes with riveting storylines led by its outstanding cast and award-winning crew.”

Season 2 of THE BORGIAS follows the cunning Rodrigo Borgia (Irons) after his ascent to the highest circle of power within Renaissance-era Italy, claiming the papal throne as Pope Alexander VI. Now, seeking to consolidate his power, Alexander enlists his family in an oath of revenge on the great noble houses that dared to stand against him, causing his Papacy to face political turmoil once again. But Alexander’s real problems lie with his children, all of whom are growing up and defying his authority. The sibling rivalry between Cesare (Canadian François Arnaud) and Juan (David Oakes) soon turns to hatred as their father’s unwavering favouritism toward Juan pushes Cesare towards his darker side. When Lucrezia’s (Holliday Grainger) lover and the father of her child comes to Rome the consequences threaten to tear the family apart. Elsewhere in Rome, Alexander’s old enemy Della Rovere (Canadian Colm Feore) has entered the city incognito and conspires to assassinate him, while the religious zealot Savonarola stirs Florence into open rebellion against the papacy. At the centre of a storm of external enemies, and with his family at war with itself, Alexander is under siege.

In its critically-acclaimed first season, THE BORGIAS landed four Gemini Awards, including Best Dramatic Series, and two Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Costumes for a Series. The series also garnered four additional Gemini Award nominations, four additional Emmy Award nominations and a GOLDEN GLOBE nomination for Jeremy Irons for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series Drama.

Following a blockbuster fall that saw it rank as Canada’s fastest-growing specialty service, Bravo! announced today it has secured the exclusive Canadian specialty rights to two compelling new series set to debut on the channel this summer, including the highly anticipated new drama DALLAS.

A continuation of the iconic series centered on the Ewing family cattle and oil dynasty, the new series stars some of the original cast and characters, including Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman, along with newcomers, Jordana Brewster, Jesse Metcalfe, Julie Gonzalo and Josh Henderson as the next generation of Ewings.

Also joining Bravo! in 2012 is the clever new series PERCEPTION, starring Canada’s own Eric McCormack (WILL AND GRACE) and Kelly Rowan (THE O.C.), which follows a neuroscientist who uses his unique outlook to help the federal government solve criminal cases.

Additionally, the GOLDEN GLOBE® nominated and GEMINI Award-winning hit original drama THE BORGIAS, starring Jeremy Irons, Francois Arnaud, Colm Feore and Holliday Grainger, returns for a gripping second season this spring on Bravo!.

Bravo! also announced today Steven Spielberg’s entertaining-new musical drama SMASH, starring Debra Messing (WILL & GRACE) and AMERICAN IDOL runner-up and songwriter Katharine McPhee, will air Fridays at 9 p.m. ET beginning Feb. 10. Bravo!’s new original companion docu-series WAY OFF BROADWAY, which follows Canadian amateur community theatre enthusiasts as they grow into musical entertainers in just eight weeks, now joins SMASH on Fridays beginning on a new date, March 2 at 8 p.m. ET (visit bravo.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

With a reinvigorated schedule featuring captivating series like THE BORGIAS, SUITS, and FRANKLIN & BASH, Bravo! has seen audience growth of 35% for W25-54, 32% for W18-49 and A18-49, and 29% for A25-54. Bravo! also jumped five spots to #13 on the list of most-watched non-sports specialty channels in Canada (A18-49) this past fall.

“Building on a remarkably successful fall for Bravo!, these compelling new dramas promise to make this upcoming summer our biggest yet,” said Catherine MacLeod, Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. “With high-calibre casts, critical acclaim and huge buzz, DALLAS and PERCEPTION are welcome additions to our 2012 schedule.”

Coming to Bravo! this June, DALLAS is a continuation of the original series that aired from 1978-1991. Based on the soapy, backstabbing machinations of Dallas oil and cattle-ranching tycoon J.R. Ewing and his wealthy Texas family, the series features several actors and characters from the original series. The new DALLAS focuses on John Ross Ewing III (Josh Henderson, 90210, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) and Christopher Ewing (Jesse Metcalfe, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, CHASE), the now-adult sons of J.R. and Bobby Ewing, respectively. The series also stars Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious, Fast Five, CHUCK) and Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars).

Scheduled to premiere this summer, PERCEPTION focuses on Dr. Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack, WILL & GRACE), an eccentric neuroscientist who uses his unique outlook to help the federal government solve complex criminal cases. Created by executive producer Kenneth Biller (SMALLVILLE, STAR TREK: VOYAGER) and co-executive producer Mike Sussman (STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, THRESHOLD), with McCormack serving as producer, PERCEPTION also stars Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That, Josie and the Pussycats), Arjay Smith (MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, The Day After Tomorrow) and Ottawa’s Kelly Rowan (THE O.C.).

10:00pm – Tuesday, August 30 on CTV

All appears lost. The Papal army has been humiliated by its retreat. The Borgia’s allies have melted away. King Charles (Michael Muller, SUITE NOIRE) is coroneted in the Vatican as ‘King of France and Naples.’ To Della Rovere’s (Colm Feore) despair, Charles leaves Rome untouched and marches south to his real target, Naples. Revenge on those who deserted the Borgias will be terrible. And, as the family attends the nunnery where Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) gives birth to a baby boy, a new generation of Borgia ambition, intrigue, chicanery and ruthlessness is sent into the world.