Showtime will have more Renaissance papal treachery in store for its subscribers next year.
The premium network has ordered a 10-episode third season of the period drama The Borgias, which stars Jeremy Irons in his Golden Globe nominated role as the manipulative, corporally compromised Pope Alexander VI.
Production on the upcoming campaign is scheduled to begin this summer in Budapest, Hungary, according to network officials.
For season three, Academy Award-winner and Emmy nominee Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire), will continue to serve as creator, executive producer, and will serve as writer and director of select episodes.
Currently four episodes into its fourth season run, which will end on June 17, The Borgias began its sophomore campaign on April 8 with 604,000 viewers, down from its first-season concluder. The series premiere was sampled online two weeks prior to its debut on the linear channel, drawing an additional 1.13 million views online prior to air.
The Borgias, measured across all platforms, including encore plays, on-demand watching and live + 7 measurement, averaged 2.6 million total for its first week, according to Showtime officials.