From THR: Showtime has anointed a successor to The Tudors with a 13-episode order for The Borgias , a new historical drama starring Jeremy Irons in his first full-time TV series role. The pay cable network made the announcement Saturday during its portion of the winter TCA press tour. "Borgias" is set in Italy in 1492 and follows a powerful crime family headed by patriarch Rodrigo Borgia (Irons). "I can guarantee you've never seen a family quite like this before, and nor could you make up the outrageous twists and turns of their epic saga," Showtime entertainment president Robert Greenblatt said. Michael Hirst, who wrote every episode of "Tudors," will run the project, which originated at DreamWorks TV and Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers. Neil Jordan, who has been trying to get a "Borgias" feature off the ground for years, will executive produce and direct first two episodes. Production on the series is slated to begin in the spring for an early 2011 debut. "Borgias" is one of several new Showtime scripted series, including recently ordered Laura Linney cancer comedy "The Big C" and the Matt LeBlanc-starring comedy "Episodes," about a U.S. remake of a hit British comedy to be toplined by the "Friends" star. "Episodes" got a strong first reaction from critics: A trailer for the show, in which a graying LeBlanc must audition for his own part against a room of leather-jacketed Joey look-alikes practicing his trademark line "How you doin'?," had the TCA audience in stitches. James Hibberd contributed to this report. Source
The Gemini Awards, Canada's equivalent to the Emmys, were broadcast last night and the hit drama "Flashpoint", with its record-setting 19 nominations, walked away with three major wins: Best Dramatic Series, Best Direction and Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for Enrico Colantoni. In the non-broadcast ceremonies, it scored another three awards for Best Achievement in Main Title Design, Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series (Henry Czerny) and Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series (Tatiana Maslany). Gemini 1East Coast funny man Ron James, who has his new "The Ron James Show" airing on CBC in the old "Air Farce" slot, hosted the award show from Calgary, AB and kept the audience well entertained. Among the presenters was Calgary native Cory Monteith, who is enjoying his role as Finn on the hit musical comedy Glee. To Read more Click Here .
Wondering when some of your favorite Showtime series will be returning to your TV screens? We finally have some dates available for you! In order of their premieres: January 25, 2010: Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Tracey Ullman's State of the Union, as well as new unscripted series, "La La Land" March 22, 2010: Nurse Jackie and The United States of Tara April 11, 2010: The Tudors , for its 4th and final season Which of these series are you most excited to see back on the air? Source
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This week wraps up spring finale season with a few more show finales, plus gets us started on the summer season with some new show premieres as well! Check out what's going on this week in TV endings and beginnings, and catch what you missed over the holiday weekend. Sunday 5/24 The Tudors finale at 9/8c on Showtime - watch it now! Monday 5/25 Jon & Kate plus 8 premiere at 9/8c on TLC - watch it now! In Treatment finale at 10/9c on HBO - watch it now! Tuesday 5/26 Reaper finale at 8/7c on The CW Mental premiere at 9/8c on Fox Hitched or Ditched premiere at 9/8c on The CW My Boys finale at 10:30/9:30c on TBS Wednesday 5/27 Wipeout premiere at 8/7c on ABC The Goode Family premiere at 9/8c on ABC Tattoo Highway premiere at 10/9c on A&E Meet the Browns premiere at 10/9c on TBS This weekend: Sunday 5/31 Ice Road Truckers premiere at 9/8c on The History Channel Expedition Africa premiere at 10/9c on The History Channel Breaking Bad finale at 10/9c on AMC What will you be watching? Related Stories: 'Mental' Premieres Tonight on FOX 'Hitched or Ditched' Premieres Tonight on The CW Finale Fever: This Week's TV Finales (5/17 - 5/22) Finale Fever: This Week's TV Finales (5/10 - 5/17) Finale Fever: Guide to 16 Super Season-Enders Cancellation Buzz: Is Reaper Still Alive and Kicking?
Matchmaking begins in earnest as Cromwell schemes to secure the Reformation by marrying Henry to a Protestant wife - but the king's marital reputation precedes him; the condition of Henry's wounded leg turns life-threatening. Airing this Sunday May 10 at 9PM ET/PT. Source & Preview
In The Tudors ' third season (Showtime, Sundays at 9 pm/ET), Jane Seymour (Annabelle Wallis) has taken the throne as the new queen of England. With her ascent, King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) finds happiness at home, even as rebellion across the country threatens his sovereignty. But this week, Henry's world - and the history of England - changes forever when tragedy befalls him, his queen and the royal court that adores her. TVGuide.com caught up with Wallis ahead of the heart-breaking episode to get to know more about Seymour, see why she's left out of Henry's more salacious scenes and why her on-screen dances with Meyers are few and far between. To Read More Click Here .
In episode 304, the leaders of the Pilgrimage of Grace uprising are put to death, but Brandon is disturbed by the cruelty and mercilessness of the suppression; Henry celebrates the birth of a son but his joy is short-lived as Queen Jane dies within days. Source & Sneak Peeks
Watch a sneak peek of THE TUDORS "303" airing this Sunday April 19 at 9PM ET/PT.
Season 4 ordered and set to debut in Spring of 2010. Click me!