Showtime Renews The Borgias for Season 2

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... Showtime has ordered a second season The Borgias less than a month after its premiere. Jeremy Irons stars as Pope Alexander VI in the period drama, about the Italian family that rose to power in the late 1490s. The second season, due next year, will run 10 episodes and begin production this summer. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC continues its mastery of television, which is to say its utter disconnect with the business, with the cancellation of The Paul Reiser Show. The comedy was pulled after only two episodes following a hasty decision to throw it on the air. Only 3.3 million viewers tuned into the pilot episode, chalking up a 1.1 adult rating, the lowest premiere for an NBC comedy ever. EVER. [THR]

... While Randy Jackson sits cushy at the judge's table of the resurgent American Idol, Idol deserters Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell are busy doing other things. Cowell has been busy bringing The X Factor to American shores, and Paula has been busy trying to figure out a 250-piece SpongeBob jigsaw puzzle. But the two might be teaming up again, as Cowell has reportedly said that Abdul has "a really good shot" at becoming a judge on The X Factor. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Ron Livingston, who you may know as that guy who gives Mikey the really good pick-me-up speech in Swingers, is joining HBO's Game Change, a film about the McCain-Palin 2008 presidential ticket. Livingston will play adviser Mark Wallace, joining a cast that already includes Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin and Ed Harris as John McCain. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Oh my god! You'll never believe this! There's a rumor going around that Sammi and Ronnie of Jersey Shore broke up! However, in the time it took you to read that last sentence, they probably got back together. [Fox]

... BBC America has announced a new series called "The Fades," about a boy who sees spirits. The supernatural program will star U.K. Skins players Lily Loveless and Daniel Kaluuya and is scheduled to premiere in early 2012. [LA Times]

... One of the things that makes Blue Bloods a decent show is that it places an emphasis on drama instead of the formulaic trappings of a police procedural. But the show is on CBS, so naturally the network has a problem with that. CBS has reportedly fired show creators Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green because the network wants the program to be more of a procedural, even though its one of the top new shows of the season. What a business! [Deadline Hollywood]


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