Rarely have Showtime series been in actual danger of cancellation, but Jeremy Irons’ papal drama ‘The Borgias’ may soon find itself without a fourth season. Via Deadline, we’ve learned the under-performing period drama could instead graduate to a two-hour movie wrapping up the series plot, in lieu of a fourth season.
“I would like to finish it with a two-hour movie,” series creator Neil Jordan told the British press. “Another 10 episodes is kind of exhausting. I’ve mapped out a movie, which, if (Showtime brass) agree, will shoot in June with the same cast, and finally the Pope will die horribly.” ‘The Borgias’ had long been a moderate ratings performer for Showtime, though recent episodes have gained momentum as high as 674,000 viewers.
Wrapping up ‘The Borgias’ with a film would fall in line with Showtime’s commitment to provide floundering series with proper endings, much as ‘The Big C‘ was granted four additional episodes to wrap up its final arc. “It’s really important to me that our audience feels taken care of,” Showtime boss David Nevins said earlier this year.
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