Showtime Picks Up Season 3 of ‘The Borgias’

Showtime renewed the hit series "The Borgias" for a second season. (Showtime)

LOS ANGELES ( – Showtime is throwing in for another round of unholy intrigue with “The Borgias.” The cable channel has picked up the show’s third season, with production on the next 10 episodes slated to begin this summer in Budapest, Showtime’s President of Entertainment David Nevins announced on Friday.

The new season will premiere in 2013. Currently, Showtime is nearing the halfway mark of the show’s second season, with episode 5 of the Renaissance-era drama airing Sunday.

Jeremy Irons will reprise his scenery-chewing starring role as the corrupt Pope Alexander VI, paterfamilias of the 15th-century Italian clan that inspired creator-executive producer Neil Jordan to reboot history. Jordan will also make his mark on season 3 as a writer and director of select episodes.

The second season of “The Borgias” concludes on Sunday, June 17.

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