THE BORGIAS: “The original crime family”
Ever since I first watched The Shaggy Dog as a child, I have been fascinated with the Borgias. Remember that creepy portrait of the Borgias hanging on the Andrassys’ wall? And how it was supposedly a magical Borgia ring that caused poor Wilby to shape-shift into a slobbering sheepdog? Since then, I have studied about the historical family from sources more reliable than 1959 Disney movies, and found them even more fascinating. So, when I heard last year that SHOWTIME was producing a new original series entitled The Borgias, I was full of anticipation. Like The Tudors, the upcoming historical drama also revolves around a powerful ruling family of the past, but the setting and characters have shifted to Renaissance Rome. The Borgias will focus on Rodrigo Borgia/ Pope Alexander VI, played by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons. In promotional material for the series, the connection with Mario Puzo’s The Godfather has been stressed. Apparently, the Borgias inspired Puzo’s now-iconic tale of the Corleone Family. The comparison to The Godfather is a double-edged sword in some ways. It raises interest, but it also raises high standards. As a history nerd and fan of crime dramas, I hope for the best. (Please make Lucrezia awesome!) We can certainly expect plenty of intrigue, bribery, adultery, and murder. Tune in to the 2-hour premiere of The Borgias on SHOWTIME, Sunday, April 3rd at 9PM ET/PT. Mark your calendars, and check out the trailer, a video introduction to the Borgia Family, and a behind-the-scenes look at the series below.