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    The Borgias on Showtime

    The Borgias begins with a special two-hour premiere on SHOWTIME Sunday, April 3rd at 9:00 PM ET/PT.
    Future original episodes will air Sundays at 10:00 PM ET/PT.


    ABOUT THE SERIES
    Over a decade in the making, The Showtime Original Series The Borgias is the sordid saga of one of the most remarkable and legendary families in history. Set in 15th century Italy at the height of the Renaissance, The Borgias chronicles the corrupt rise of patriarch Rodrigo Borgia (Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons) to the papacy, where he proceeds to commit every sin in the book to amass and retain power, influence and enormous wealth for himself and his family. The unbounded audacity of this original crime family went on to inspire Machiavelli's The Prince and Mario Puzo's The Godfather. Don't miss a minute of the lavish, sexy, scandalous drama from the creative mind of Academy Award winner Neil Jordan.


    WHO ARE THE BORGIAS?
    Outsiders from Spain, the Borgias go up against the most powerful and established families in Renaissance Italy and come out on top. Through the masterful use of bribery, extortion, blackmail, and shocking forms of torture and murder, Rodrigo Borgia rises to the position of pope, the most venerated in the Western World. Aiding him in his endeavors are his sons Cesare, a ruthless operator who yearns fruitlessly to be released from the priesthood, and Juan, a feckless dilettante whom Rodrigo appoints to head the papal armies. Daughter Lucrezia and son Joffre are married off in early adolescence to members of powerful rival families pawns in their family's fortunes. Waging their own heated contest for Rodrigo's affections are Vanozza, his long-time mistress and mother of his children, and the younger Giulia Farnese, whose cunning is matched only by her astonishing beauty.


    WHERE DOES THE SERIES START?
    On the eve of the death of Pope Innocent VIII in 1492, a fierce political battle rages inside the Vatican walls over who will become the next pope. The papacy has long been the exclusive domain of a handful of super-powerful and ancient Italian families, so outsider Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia seems like a long shot. But the staid, pious Italians vastly underestimate the ambitions of the wily, rapacious Spaniard. Once ensconced on the throne, Rodrigo uses all of his power and influence to turn the papacy into a dynastic possession for his children, while his rivals plot with all their political might to unseat him.
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    Re: The Borgias on Showtime

    I have my DVR set to record this. I love Jeremy Irons. It looks really good.

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    Re: The Borgias on Showtime

    ONE MORE NIGHT!!!

    WHO WILL BE WATCHING???
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    I don't get Showtime, but will try to catch this when it comes out on DVD. As opposed to the Tudor History, which I hold sacred and thus had a hard time with the liberties taken with the story, I am open for any kind of fun with the Borgias.
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    Re: The Borgias on Showtime

    Quote Originally Posted by libgirl2 View Post
    I don't get Showtime, but will try to catch this when it comes out on DVD. As opposed to the Tudor History, which I hold sacred and thus had a hard time with the liberties taken with the story, I am open for any kind of fun with the Borgias.
    Same here, libgirl2. It will go into my rental queue as soon as it's available. The saga of the Borgias has always been fascinating.
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    Borgia's on Showtime

    Is anyone else watching this one?? I saw the opening episode tonight..it appears that it will be interesting at least...
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    Re: The Borgias on Showtime

    Quote Originally Posted by momrek06 View Post
    ONE MORE NIGHT!!!

    WHO WILL BE WATCHING???
    its already on video on demand if you have it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florimel View Post
    Same here, libgirl2. It will go into my rental queue as soon as it's available. The saga of the Borgias has always been fascinating.
    I remember WAY back in the day PBS has a Borgia miniseries. I was fascinated by it.

    I think Showtime/HBO needs to take on I Claudius next!!
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    Re: The Borgias on Showtime

    well it was good...believe it or not, I had never heard of this family..skipped too many days of HS history and I don't remember any of them mentioned in any of my college history classes..but now I am reading everything I can find...but then again..I really didn't know much about the Tudors either before the show
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    Re: The Borgias on Showtime

    WOW, I loved it! It was fabulous! But oh man, that family is EVIL.
    KAREN

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