The Borgias Trailer: First Look at Showtime’s New Historical Drama

When Showtime aired The Tudors, the fact that the majority of the actors’ accents were British seemed to work well, since the show was about an English royal family. I guess they couldn’t find the Italian equivalent of Jeremy Irons to star in their new historical drama, The Borgias.

Regardless of that, I am dazzled by this new trailer for The Borgias. I don’t know whether it’s my latent Italian Catholic heritage or the gorgeous costumes and sets, but I will definitely be tuning into this show when it premieres in the spring of 2011. Showtime has provided a short description of the series:

THE BORGIAS, a one-hour drama series based on the infamous Italian Renaissance family, will premiere on SHOWTIME in the Spring of 2011 with 10 episodes. Oscar®- winning actor Jeremy Irons stars in the epic drama series as Rodrigo Borgia, the cunning, manipulative patriarch of The Borgia family who ascends to the highest circles of power within Renaissance-era Italy.

Additionally, Academy Award® winning director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) creator/writer and executive producer of the series will also direct the first two episodes. Production began in Budapest at the end of July.

Below are two videos. The first is a three and a half minute trailer of the new show, while the second is more of a behind the scenes peek. Below the videos are promo photos for the series.

While Showtime shows aren’t always historically accurate, they are generally true to the overall spirit. The Borgias were a Spanish/Italian family who were also accused of many crimes, including theft, rape, incest, murder, poisoning, bribery and adultery. Rodrigo (played by Jeremy Irons) was elected Pope in 1492 and his two children, Lucrezia and Cesare appear with him in the show (along with two of his other children). Cesare later tried to become the ruler of Italty with Rodrigo’s backing, but that didn’t work out so well for him.

If you have a problem with the second video, you should be able to watch it on Showtime’s site.

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