If you're a "Borgias" fan who is devastated at the thought of never seeing Cesare and Lucrezia again, fear not. There are plenty of new and upcoming titles that can help soften the blow of cancellation. If you loved "The Borgias," then you'll love these related alternatives.
When one door closes, another opens. While Showtime has booted "The Borgias," the premium channel has another complex Catholic TV series in the works. That series is called "The Vatican," starring "Friday Night Lights" alum Kyle Chandler as a Cardinal from New York and actor Bruno Ganz as the fictional Pope Sixtus VI. If these photos from the set are anything to go by, there will definitely be some sex appeal rolled into this modern take on Vatican life. Will Bruno Ganz's Pope be as compelling as Jeremy Irons's? Only time will tell. The show's premiere date is TBA.
"Blood & Beauty"
Just recently released, "Blood & Beauty" is a historical novel written by Sarah Dunant. While it avoids some of the more sensationalized moments in Borgia history, this fascinating novel brings Lucrezia and her family to life. Lucrezia is at the heart of this book, and more than one "Borgias" fan is likely to see Holliday Grainger in their mind's eye will reading this book.
The book spans the years from 1492 to 1502, starting with Pope Alexander's rise to power and ending with Lucrezia becoming a Duchess. For fans of "The Borgias" who loved Lucrezia, this is a must-read.
Speaking of Lucrezia, "Borgias" star Holliday Grainger has been tapped to play one of the evil stepsisters in Kenneth Branagh's upcoming take on the Cinderella story. Given her wicked actions on "The Borgias," it's clear that this sweet-faced actress is comfortable showing off her bad side.
"The Borgias: The Hidden History"
"The Borgias: The Hidden History" is a cutting look at the real history behind the Borgia clan. The book focuses, not surprisingly, on Lucrezia. Author G. J. Meyer seeks the truth behind "historical facts" about Lucrezia, including whether she was truly involved in an incestuous relationship and whether she was a master poisoner. For "Borgias" fans who wonder how much of their favorite show was based in fact, this is an interesting read.
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