While enjoying the last season of The Tudors, Showtime advertised a new series based upon the very controversial family, The Borgias.

The Borgias were a family who rose to prominence and fame during the Italian Reniassance.  They are infamous for their corrupt ways while Alexander VI (the patriarch of the family) was Pope.  Among other things, the family has been accused of murder, incest, and extortion.

This should be a pretty scintillating series with actor Jeremy Irons playing the lead role of Alexander VI.  Showtime has reportedly ordered 10 episodes of the upcoming one hour drama.  As this is another of Michael Hirst’s creations, I have high hopes for it.  There is a lot of good material to work with, without even having to embellish!

A lot of people don’t realize this, but Francis Ford Coppola actually based the “Godfather” movies on the Borgia family.  If that doesn’t get you a little bit excited to watch this, I don’t know what will!  Alas, the series will not air until early 2011.  Until then, we will just have to console ourselves with our Tudors DVD’s.  🙂

To find out more about this series, go to the official page on the Showtime website:

http://www.sho.com/site/borgias/home.do