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August 12, 2013 11:36 AM
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'The Borgias' Will Get Its Big Finish in E-book Form as Showtime Announces Release of Neil Jordan's 'The Borgia Apocalypse'

Francois Arnaud and Jeremy Irons in 'The Borgias' Tamas Kende/Showtime

"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.

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15 Comments

  • Victoria | February 24, 2014 4:10 AMReply

    I just finished watching the entire 3 seasons on Netflix; now I find out its over no season 4, I'm devastated! I love you Cesera...f u showtime!

  • Cindy | September 26, 2013 1:24 AMReply

    The Borga's miniseries has been addictive. It must have been exhausting. I am sorry that the last episode was not the end of the story and no real end is scheduled for production.

  • Kieron Morris | August 20, 2013 11:40 AMReply

    Forget about the fans of the show greedy money bastards just want to make more offthe paying public I hope no one buys the ending and them greedy fucking twats who just want to make more money out of us plebs will I hope lose all that they have and there balls fester up fall off and get shoved up there sanctimonious arses this is from a unhappy 53years old man

  • Deb Cason | August 14, 2013 6:36 PMReply

    Since this site would not allow me to publish the petition web address, GO TO Savetheborgias.com the petition site is located on the front page.

    Did you sign the petition? If so go to the petition site and scroll down click on the SMOG vote site to save the Borgias . If you have not yet signed the petition go to the site above and sign then scroll down and vote at SMOG, they will help us save the Borgias so that we can actually view the show.

  • Deb Cason | August 14, 2013 6:36 PMReply

    Since this site would not allow me to publish the petition web address, GO TO Savetheborgias.com the petition site is located on the front page.

    Did you sign the petition? If so go to the petition site and scroll down click on the SMOG vote site to save the Borgias . If you have not yet signed the petition go to the site above and sign then scroll down and vote at SMOG, they will help us save the Borgias so that we can actually view the show.

  • Rogue Fan | August 14, 2013 5:26 PMReply

    The e-book version of the movie read very rushed. Not rushed for all characters, Rodrigo Borgia and Micheletto, the loyal henchman were given good closure, but the other two main characters, Lucrezia and Cesare would have benefited from a full 4th season because their journeys are so complex. I don't know what to say. It was interesting seeing the script. Thanks. I'm still unhappy.

  • Kina Mar | August 14, 2013 4:41 PMReply

    After reading the introduction of the ebook, Neil sent us a message in his own way. That was the most important part for us; Being that Neil still wants to make it so we will push forward and continue to for a 4th season. We are right on track, don't give up Borgias Family! Please help us get more votes on: SMGO.TV please!!! We will have real options presented from Showtime hopefully really soon! This is just the beginning family! An ebook isn't what we asked for for!! They want to give us table scraps instead of a season or an mini-series. This is such an insult. Don't take this lying down! Vote Now for a mini-series or a movie now at: SMGO

  • share | August 14, 2013 12:42 AMReply

    Share Coughlin

    Hasn't ANYONE learned yet that Borgia fans don't settle? The screenplay was rushed and in the case of Lucrezia and Cesare their realationship and feelings jumped from A to C with no "B tween." SaveThe Borgias .com are continuing our fight on SMGO.TV and will try every avenue of possibility. We are Borgias too and we never give up

  • A STB Fan | August 13, 2013 9:54 PMReply

    Fans are not placated by the release of this script. Feedback clearly is showing that many fans feel that the script was rushed in response to David Nevins' thoughtless canceling of a series that was so obviously supposed to last for at least another season. The introduction, written by Mr. Jordan, says so much when he says that he was creating a "40-hour film". If Showtime and Mr. Nevins think that the release of this "ebook" will quell the series' fans, the network and he are sadly mistaken. This has only served to embolden fans and renew their dedication to work towards seeing a full season of The Borgias. SMGO.TV has joined forces with the Save The Borgias Fan Campaign™ and other fan groups to help fans reach their objective. Fans are being called to join and support the effort.

    More information can be found on the at: savetheborgiasfc.com/united-with-smgotv.html.

  • Joseph Pierro | August 13, 2013 8:29 AMReply

    Sooooo, Showtime expects me to pay to find out the end of the show I already paid three years of subscription fees to watch? Yeah, that's good customer service....

  • Regina Adami | August 13, 2013 4:28 AMReply

    I do not think this is going to satisfy the thousands of Borgias fans out here fighting for a conclusion to Neil Jordan’s story. An ebook? That’s how you want to give us our conclusion? NO! I WILL NOT BUY! I do not want to READ THE CONCLUSION, I WANT TO SEE IT… with Francois Arnaud, Jeremy Irons, Holliday Grainger, and Sean Harris!!!! Do we forget that you can check out books for free at the library, or read from my web sites the history of the Borgias?

    If SHO thinks this is going to make the Save The Borgias fans go away… WRONG!! WRONG! WRONG! Thank you but no thank you, we will CONTINUE OUR FIGHT! savetheborgias . com and vote at smgo.tv for The Borgias!

  • F. Grey | August 13, 2013 12:27 AMReply

    Thank you Neil. Now film it, Showtime!

  • IhateandIlove | August 12, 2013 10:00 PMReply

    While I appreciate the e-book, the campaign to #savetheborgias is still in full effect.

  • mjc | August 12, 2013 3:40 PMReply

    Shoot, we could just read a history book to find out how it ends . . .

  • Meri | August 12, 2013 2:07 PMReply

    At least we get something!