According to Deadline, things aren’t looking too good for Showtime’s The Borgias. It’s being reported that the historical drama may not get a fourth season and instead finish off the ongoing storylines with a movie.
A final decision about the show’s future isn’t likely to be be made until season three finishes airing. Though The Borgas is a beautiful series and boasts talented performers, it’s not a ratings hit. The initial airings of season three episodes have been averaging just 570,000 viewers — on par with season two.
As reported earlier, series creator Neil Jordan has said that he envisioned The Borgias running for four years. However, while promoting season three, Jordan told the British press, “I would like to finish it with a two-hour movie… Another 10 episodes is kind of exhausting. I’ve mapped out a movie, which, if [the Showtime executives] agree, will shoot in June with the same cast, and finally the Pope will die horribly.”
Four episodes of season three have aired so far, leaving six left to go. The finale is expected to run on June 16th.
What do you think? Would you rather have a fourth (and final) season or a movie to end the show? Is the series still compelling television?