“The Borgias,” the Showtime historical drama created by Neil Jordan and starring Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander VI, was not a big breakout hit for the premium network, which canceled the series in the midst of its third season in June, making the season finale the de facto series finale. But the show does have its fans, ones who were willing to pitch in to hire a plane to fly over the Television Critics Association summer press tour last month with a banner saying “D Nevins: Sho fans you care — save The Borgias.”
Showtime president David Nevins was not terribly moved by the display, joking “I feel bad about the money that’s being spent” before explaining “We looked hard at doing a two-hour finale for ‘The Borgias’ and the economics of it just didn’t make sense. We didn’t move forward, and it came to a good stopping place at the end of season three.”
Well, it looks like Showtime isn’t going to leave those fans in search of closure completely out in the cold. The network announced today that Jordan will be releasing an e-book, “The Borgia Apocalypse” (yes, it’s really called that), based on his original script for the series’ two-hour finale. “The Borgia Apocalypse” will be available this week via major e-retailers, which isn’t quite the same as the wrap-up movie most canceled series fanbases hold out hope for, but is something. “We’re thrilled that the series’ loyal fans will have the opportunity to read Neil’s final farewell to one of history’s most infamous families,” said the network.