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Showtime Greenlights Series Starring Jeremy Irons

by Nicholas White, posted Jan 11th 2010 11:00AM
Building on the lush historical production values of the soon-to-sunset 'The Tudors,' Showtime has ordered 13 episodes of 'The Borgias,' starring Jeremy Irons.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show, set during the Italian Renaissance in 1492, will follow the colorful Borgia crime family, with Irons on board to play its patriarch.

The real Borgia was the controversial Pope Alexander VI for 11 years.Building on the lush historical production values of the soon-to-sunset 'The Tudors,' Showtime has ordered 13 episodes of 'The Borgias,' starring Jeremy Irons.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show, set during the Italian Renaissance in 1492, will follow the colorful Borgia crime family, with Irons on board to play its patriarch.

The real Borgia was the controversial Pope Alexander VI for 11 years.

"I can guarantee you've never seen a family quite like this before, and nor could you make up the outrageous twists and turns of their epic saga," network entertainment president Robert Greenblatt said on Saturday.

'Tudors' scribe Michael Hirst will oversee 'Borgias,' while Neil Jordan, who has championed a 'Borgias' movie for years, will exec-produce and direct the first two episodes.

Irons, nominated this year for a Golden Globe for the TV movie 'Georgia O'Keefe,' has played historical roles of all kinds, including a BBC version of 'Brideshead Revisited' and Claus von Bulow in the courtroom drama 'Reversal of Fortune,' for which he won a Best Actor Oscar in 1990.

In the meantime, Showtime has several other new original series on the way, including Laura Linney's cancer comedy 'The Big C' (more on that here) and Matt LeBlanc's self-referential comedy 'Episodes.'

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