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. The Borgias is produced by Toronto’s Take 5 Productions.
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 families.
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.