Showtime gives 'The Borgias' a second season

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It's clear viewers like their mafia families. Whether its present day or the 15th century in the case of Showtime's "The Borgias." After delivering the highest ratings for a new drama since "The Tudors," the network has just granted the series a second season.

"'The Borgias' has become Sunday night appointment viewing for a broad swath of our subscribers," says Showtime's Entertainment President, David Nevins, about the renewal announcement. " Neil Jordan's cleverly crafted tale of a 15th century papal family has proven quickly addictive. It's a tribute to his incredible skills as an auteur and to the extraordinary cast led by Jeremy Irons that this show fits so seamlessly into our line-up of quality shows."

10 new episodes of the series will go into production this summer and will air in 2012. The series' creator, Jordan ("The Crying Game," "Interview with the Vampire"), will stay on as executive producer, writer and direct the first two episodes.  Writer/Director David Leland ("Wish You Were Here," "Band of Brothers") will join Season 2 to write several episodes and also direct two episodes. 

According to Showtime, not only has "The Borgias" been setting ratings records for a new drama series for the network, but its currently outpacing Season 4 of "The Tudors," which was that series' highest rated season.

Are you glad to hear that "The Borgias" will get another sinfully good season?
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