In a fashion quite similar to The Tudors historical drama series, The Borgias will offer “a complex, unvarnished portrait of one of history's most intriguing and infamous dynastic families,” according to the official website. “The series begins as the family's patriach Rodrigo becomes Pope, propelling him, his two Machiavellian sons Cesare and Juan, and his scandalously beautiful daughter, Lucrezia, to become the most powerful and influencial family of the Italian Renaissance.”
Created and co-produced by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game), who also wrote and directed the first two episodes, and Michael Hirst (The Tudors), who wrote episode three to ten, the series will air sometimes in 2011 on Showcase in the USA and on Bravo!, as well as on CTV, in Canada. Two episodes will also be directed by Jeremy Podeswa (Six Feet Under, The Pacific) and the series' production design will be by François Seguin (Jesus of Montreal, The Barbarian Invasions). A co-production by Canada, Hungary and Ireland, the series offers a solid cast: Jeremy Irons will play Rodrigo Borgia (aka Pope Alexander VI after 1492), with François Arnaud (J'ai tué ma mère) starring as Cesare, David Oakes (William Hamleigh in The Pillars of the Earth) as Juan, Holliday Grainger as Lucrezia, Joanne Whalley as the mother, Derek Jacobi as Cardinal Orsini, and Colm Feore as Rodrigo’s arch nemesis Cardinal Giuliano Della Rovere. It is quite promising!
(Sources: Showtime Official Site, TV Squad, Wikipedia, YouTube)