'The Borgias' Might End With a Film: What Other Showtime Series Should Follow Suit?

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Well, "Borgias" fans, there's good news... and there's some bad news. The bad news is that things are looking bleak for "The Borgias" in terms of getting a fourth season. But the good news is that fans might see a resolution to the "Borgias" storyline in the form of a movie on Showtime.

Creator Neil Jordan says, "I would like to finish ['The Borgias'] with a two-hour movie...10 episodes is kind of exhausting. I've mapped out a movie, which, if [Showtime brass] agree, will shoot in June with the same cast, and finally the Pope will die horribly."

While ratings were high for the hotly anticipated third episode of the current season (likely because of the sex scene between Lucrezia and Cesare), ratings for Season 3 overall are still quite low. A movie may be just the thing to end this franchise on a high note.

Ending a TV series with a movie doesn't always work (case in point: the abysmal "Dead Like Me" movie). However, it could be a great way to bring closure to "The Borgias." If this movie is well-received, it could open up the possibility of closing other Showtime properties with a similar movie event. Here is a list of some Showtime programs that would be great candidates for a movie ending.

"Dexter"

No one knows for sure how "Dexter" will come to an end this summer. If Dexter himself makes it to the end of the series alive, it might be interesting to provide a final chapter in the "Dexter" story in the form of a movie. Such a movie would also provide an opportunity to make a "backdoor pilot" for a spinoff series, perhaps centered around Hannah McKay or Deb Morgan.

"Homeland"

With so much critical acclaim and fan fervor, "Homeland" is likely going to be on the air for many years to come. But when the show does eventually sign off, a movie event might be just the thing to wrap it all up with an explosive note. A "Homeland" movie could even work as a limited-release film in theaters: It has enough star power, spy games, sex, and action sequences to make for a true summer blockbuster.

"Jeremiah"

Despite the fact that "Jeremiah" only ran for two seasons, there are plenty of fans who would love to see the story continue. "Jeremiah" has picked up tons of fans since its cancellation, thanks to streaming video services like Netflix. It would be interesting to return to this world and see how it has changed over the past decade. Given the success of "Revolution," it's clear that the TV-watching public has a love of post-apocalyptic stories.

"United States of Tara"

Sadly, the saga of "Tara" got cut short before the show could be given a proper ending. The Season 3 finale acted as a decent series finale, but it wasn't the ending the creators would have chosen. Toni Collette did some stunning work as Tara, a woman with multiple personalities. Showtime's entertainment president David Nevins was recently quoted saying, "It's really important to me that our audience feels taken care of." To that end, providing closure for this beloved series seems like a smart move.
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