I have been watching The Borgias and I think it's the best "historical" series I have seen since Rome, possibly even as good.
I was afraid it would be quite cheap and mostly based on sex, violence and general debauchery to attract the viewers... But in the end, it turned out to be a splendidly written, superbly acted and wonderfully crafted show. Mr Neil Jordan's work on the dialogues and with the camera is amazing as always.
All the actors are breathtaking, including secondary roles, and also including relatively unknown actors like Holliday Grainger (Lucrezia) and François Arnaud (Cesare, who in my opinion is so good he can even steal scenes from the Great Jeremy Irons).
I already knew David Oakes (Juan Borgia) from The Pillars of the Earth, and this young actor is also truly fascinating and extremely good at playing evil.
My favourite character is probably Micheletto, Cesare's henchman, whose relationship with his master kind of resembles Tyrion Lannister's relationship with Bronn in GoT, but even more intense.
One of the reasons why I'm creating this post is that it has just been announced that the series would abruptly brought to an end, and that the final season would be cancelled.
Fans (especially Showtime subscribers) are very angry at this decision. The series has been suffering from the competition of Game of Thrones, and it is on a smaller network, but the ratings were still good enough and growing.
There is a small chance of success obviously, but if anyone's interested, here is the link to the "campaign" organized by the fans of The Borgias:
The most important things right now are probably the online petition, and tomorrow's mass tweeting event #SaveTheBorgias.
Or you can just discuss the Borgias here with me if you prefer ^^