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Showtime Renews 'The Borgias' for Season 2

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 26th 2011 1:00PM
The Borgias, Jeremy IronsReady for more steamy, illicit romantic encounters from the men of the cloth on 'The Borgias'?

Showtime has renewed the series, about the scandal-ridden reign of Pope Alexander VI, for a second season.

The series, set in 1492 Italy, stars a charismatic Jeremy Irons as the Spanish patriarch Rodrigo Borgia, who eventually becomes the head of the Catholic Church. David Oakes, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Lotte Verbeek and Aidan Alexander also star.

'The Borgias' drew an audience of more than 1 million to its April 3 premiere, Showtime's best ratings for a drama series premiere in seven years.

AOL TV critic Maureen Ryan broke down the show simply in her review, saying "Bodices are ripped, blasphemies are prosecuted, and the rich get richer -- when they're not killing each other, that is." But Ryan noted that it's Irons' magnetism that makes the show.

"Without being showy about it, he dives headlong into this role," she wrote, "and he somehow even allows the viewer to believe that his grasping character, Rodrigo Borgia, actually feels touched by God. Given how much murder and skullduggery the Borgias engage in during Rodrigo's quest to obtain and keep the papacy, the character's faith could seem well come off as a joke, but Irons grounds Rodrigo not just in ambition but in a twisted sort of faith (which might just be faith in the strength of his will)."

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Lex Evseev

Jeremy Irons is the man! :D

June 18 2011 at 8:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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