The Borgias: Cancelled; No Season Four or Movie

The Borgias on Showtime canceledShowtime has decided to cancel The Borgias after three seasons. The low-rated drama’s last episode will air on June 16th.

The Borgias follows the story of Pope Alexander (Jeremy Irons) and his struggle to maintain his power at the turn of the 16th century. The historical drama’s large cast also includes François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Joanne Whalley, Lotte Verbeek, David Oakes, Sean Harris, Peter Sullivan, Simon McBurney, Steven Berkoff, Aidan Alexander, Julian Bleach, Thure Lindhardt, Gina McKee, and Colm Feore.

Season three of The Borgias premiered in April and thus far the show’s been averaging about a half a million viewers for each episode’s first airing.

There had been talk of wrapping up the show’s ongoing storylines with a movie instead of a fourth season but that’s not happening.

Still, series creator Neil Jordan says that, “For a variety of reasons we won’t be doing a fourth season, but, ‘The Prince’ [the last episode], when I wrote it and shot it, did seem like the end of a journey for the family. Whatever bonded them as a family dies in this episode, and the center of the drama for me was always the family. I want to thank Showtime and David Nevins for their unstinting support over the last three years, and look forward to working with them in the future.”

What do you think? Are you sorry that The Borgias has been cancelled? Were you hoping there would be a fourth season or a movie?

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  1. Debbie Geiger says

    I am sad that The Borgias was not renewed to have a 4th season. Even a movie could put an end to the era and satisfied the viewers. I got both my daughter and granddaughter interested in the Borgias and what they meant to history. Hope that someone can change the minds of the network. I really wish to see this show brought back

  2. Kimburly Keefas says

    I’m becoming so disillusioned with television. Shame on Showtime. I too feel like cancelling. Reality shows and other mindless crap last season after season, yet excellent shows like the Borgias with it’s beautiful cinematography and excellently written scripts fall to the wayside. Dexter’s leaving. Time to cancel Showtime. Shame on you.

  3. Anonymous says

    This has been an amazing series and has held me captivated from the first episode. Such a shame!

  4. fiona bartholomew says

    I have watched the borgias so many times with a few glasses of red and it is a wonderful escape from the mundanity of everyday life. I loved the camaraderie between cesare and micheletto and the intriguing Machiavelli.

  5. Mia says

    R u kidding I love this show and the cast is wonderful I hardly watch anything I don’t have time but this show gave me something to look forward how could u ! I could a have watched two more seasons

  6. says

    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!

    Join us and help #savetheborgias

  7. Shotyme says

    Again the power of the Catholic churh rears it’s ugly head. Can’t have the dirty little secrets of the catholic church being disclosed.

  8. says

    This was a Great Series. Why? Oh, just Great Acting, Great Writing, Great Sets, Great Everything.And a touch of Real History! I would have given Emmys to all the main actors. My favorite character was Michelletto, played by Sean Harris. An awesome performance. I will miss this show very much. I don’t know why it didn’t get more attention, along the lines of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

  9. Saira says

    I am Very upset that they did not continue The Borgias for at least another season !!!! What a tantalizing and visually beautiful series !!!! It didn’t seem like an ending at all , but rather like it was getting better and more intriguing !

  10. cesarelvr says

    I am so disappointed! There’s nothing to watch anymore. I have really enjoyed the borgias . I am a history buff, so first the tudors then the borgias. I saw an ad for a murder reality show!? Are you f’ing kidding me? I disagree with mr jordan that the family has fallen apart. But since he is the creator, I guess we have to take his word for it. I will miss cesare. You don’t get character development over years anymore. It is about ratings only.

  11. Borgiagyrl says

    I cannot believe Showtime cancelled a wonderfuly compelling show! The writing, actors and musicians all played critical roles in the formation of this wonderful show! Hats off to the following cast members who made me scream for MORE!!

    I WANT THE BORGIAS!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Camille says

    I am extremely upset. How dare they leave us hanging like this after watching faithfully for three seasons????? Give us an ending, please! What an outrage. It was one of the best series on TV!!!

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