5 Compelling Reasons 'The Vampire Diaries' Fans Should Be Watching 'The Borgias'

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There probably isn't much audience crossover between "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Borgias." After all, one is a romance-driven series based on a YA book series, while the other is a cerebral period drama about religion. And only one of these two shows has sexy vampires!

But while "TVD" and "The Borgias" may seem quite different, there are actually a lot of commonalities between the two shows. If you're a fan of The CW's "Vampire Diaries," then you really ought to check out "The Borgias" for the following reasons. After all, "The Borgias" really could use a boost in ratings if fans want to get a fourth season!

1. They're both (partially) set in 1492

Columbus didn't just sail "the ocean blue" in 1492; it was a big year for vampires and the Pope, too! Both "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Borgias" are partially set in Europe during this historically significant year. The first season of "The Borgias" takes place in Italy during 1492, while the episode that reveals Katherine Pierce's backstory in "The Vampire Diaries" is also set in 1492.

2. Both shows are filled with romance and sex

Alliances are constantly being formed and shattered in both "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Borgias." More often than not, those alliances are dependent on romantic relationships. Nearly every episode of both shows features some sort of love scene. Whether you like seeing barely dressed men with sculpted abs or scantily clad women who are uncommonly beautiful, both shows feature a bountiful array of beautiful people in various stages of undress.

3. Both shows revolve around sibling rivalries

On "TVD," brother Stefan and Damon are constantly fighting over the lovely Elena (unless they're fighting over Katherine). Meanwhile, the entire clan of Original siblings (Klaus, Kol, Elijah, Rebekah, and Finn) are constantly fighting among each other in their bids for power. Likewise, "The Borgias" sees Cesare, Lucrezia, and Juan constantly battling one another for security, prestige, and honor. Only youngest brother Gioffre isn't openly involved in these petty sibling spats.

4. Both shows featured David Alpay

Before he appeared as Professor Atticus Shane on "The Vampire Diaries," actor David Alpay portrayed Calvino on "The Borgias." For any TV fan that swoons over David Alpay, "The Borgias" is a must-watch. He's definitely a rising star, and "TVD" and "The Borgias" are his two biggest TV roles to date.
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