- As the world welcomes a new Pope, a sinful Pope returns to Bravo in
THE BORGIAS, April 14 -
- Season 3 of the hit Canadian co-production THE BORGIAS starring
Academy Award®-winner Jeremy Irons and Montreal's François Arnaud returns -
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TORONTO, March 28, 2013 /CNW/ - As a new pope acknowledged for his
humility and compassion for the poor begins his papacy, Bravo presents
the exclusive return of one of history's most notoriously corrupt and
decadent papal families, THE BORGIAS. Ranking as the #1 program on Bravo during its second season, the
Canadian co-production and multiple Canadian Screen Award winner
returns for a third season on Sunday, April 14 at 10 p.m. ET. Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons returns to THE BORGIAS in his Golden Globe®-nominated role of Pope Alexander as he clings to power to preserve the
family legacy and establish the papacy as a hereditary monarchy across
Italy. However, his children are poised to wield their own power as
military prince and daring guerrilla fighter Cesare (Montreal's
François Arnaud) fights to secure his own ascension at any cost, and
Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) enters the dangerous fray of Neapolitan
politics and learns the art of poisoning (visit bravo.ca for local broadcast times). THE BORGIAS is produced by Toronto's Take 5 Productions.
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This season, after surviving a near fatal assassination attempt, Pope
Alexander responds with an iron will by ruthlessly purging the Vatican
of anyone who might be disloyal to him. His true master plan is for
father and son to rule the world. But he must come to accept that his
children are independently ready to wield their own power. As the
children's passions grow, and as mistrust of all others becomes more
ingrained, the siblings finally give in to their desires and embark on
a passionate incestuous relationship. With both that scandalous secret
and the unspoken agonies of Juan's death lingering between them, the
family is riven by paranoia and suspicion.
In the Season 3 premiere of THE BORGIAS (Sunday, April 14 at 10 p.m. ET), while Pope Alexander fights for his life after being poisoned, the
Cardinals jockey for position to take over the Papacy. Cesare and
Micheletto (Sean Harris) trace the assassination plot back to its
source, but Della Rovere (Colm Feore) is ready to make his move.
Meanwhile, Catherina Sforza (Gina McKee, MISSING) has dispatched her
own personal assassin Rufio (Thure Lindhardt, Into The Wild) to dethrone the Borgia family. However, due to Lucrezia's quick
thinking, the family's grip on power may not be lost.
Then, in the second episode (Sunday, April 21 at 10 p.m. ET), Alexander tasks Cardinal Sforza (Peter Sullivan) with instigating an
"inquisition" among the Cardinals who were politicking against him.
With the "evidence" he needs, Pope Alexander dismisses and banishes all
the Cardinals he does not trust. Meanwhile, Catherina Sforza orders
Rufio to seek support from the mercenary warlords of the Romagna
THE BORGIAS also stars Joanne Whalley as Vanozza, Lotte Verbeek as Giulia Farnese
and Julian Bleach (Les Misérables) as Machiavelli.
THE BORGIAS is a Canadian-Irish-Hungarian Treaty co-production. Academy Award®-winning director and Emmy® nominee Neil Jordan serves as creator,
executive producer, writer and director of select episodes. Take 5
Productions' John Weber and Sheila Hockin, along with Jack Rapke,
Darryl Frank, and James Flynn, also serve as executive producers.
Bravo delivers compelling stories through clever and immersive
programming to viewers across Canada. From high-profile dramas to
blockbuster feature films, Bravo is home to award-winning
entertainment. Bravo is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE
Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More
information about Bravo is available at www.bravo.ca.
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