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'The Borgias' renewed for second season

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Guilia Farnese (Lotte Verbeek) from 'The Borgias'

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Showtime has announced that it has renewed The Borgias for a second season.

The network has renewed the historical drama, which stars Jeremy Irons as the corrupt pope Rodrigo Borgia, known as Pope Alexander VI, for 10 more episodes scheduled to premiere in Summer 2012.

"The Borgias has become Sunday night appointment viewing for a broad swathe of our subscribers," said David Nevins, president of Showtime.

He continued: "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."

Jordan has compared the series to The Godfather, stating that The Borgias is actually more savage. Meanwhile, James Flynn, the executive producer of the Showtime series, recently said that he believes The Borgias has been so well-received because of its contemporary themes.

The series is currently averaging 1.1 million viewers a week.

The Borgias airs Sundays at 10/9c on Showtime. It will broadcast in the UK on Sky Atlantic in the summer.

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