The Tudors will rule again

It was in with the old, out with the new today at Showtime, as the premium cable network renewed one of its hit shows and passed on the last of its potential pilot pickups.

Don't get ready to retire that renaissance faire costume yet; The Tudors will be back for one last season, the network announced today. The period drama will wrap up for good with a 10-episode fourth season due to debut in the spring of 2010. Season three debuted last week and performed well with viewers and critics.

The next season will follow the svelte King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) as he goes through his final two wives, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr. But we'll be tuning in to watch him lose his marbles and go all nutty.

While Showtime welcomed The Tudors back with open arms, it was very stingy with new projects. The cable channel ordered four pilots this off-season, and has passed on every single one.

Among the shows turned down by Showtime was a potential L Word spinoff starring Leisha Hailey, the comedy The End of Steve starring Matthew Perry, the comedy Ronna and Beverly from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, and the pharmaceutical drama Possible Side Effects from Tim Robbins.

Does this mean nothing new from Showtime this year?

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Tudors is at the verge of crumbling. It felt like after anne boley's death, the series had a hard time to keep the audience tuned. Ratings must have dropped this 3rd season. None of the plot here are as intriguing as the 2nd season. But the cast and crew are doing a great job representing their perspective. There for the 4th season should be welcomed. About the reign of mary and elizabeth i guess another production will take over after, 2, maximum 3 years, to give us a show about the rest of the tudors.
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That's great news. Tudors deserve a proper ending, and Meyers acting chops will be tested with the role of a fully demented Henry VIII.
Bummer about Matthew Perry's project; would've been nice to see him back on the small screen. Tim Robbins, too.
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What about the Stan Lee super-hero project?
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One thing I love about Showtime is that they don't drag out series just for the sake of safety on ratings. Kind of disappointed that none of the pilots weren't picked up (especially the "L Word" spin off) but I know there is good reason behind it.
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One thing I love about Showtime is that they don't drag out series just for the sake of safety on ratings. Kind of disappointed that none of the pilots weren't picked up (especially the "L Word" spin off) but I know there is good reason behind it.
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Good The Tudors is so awsome XO XO



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i agree - bring back Dead Like Me!!!
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They should just bring back "Dead Like Me". They don't have much left except that one Edie Falco pilot, and it doesn't sound that interesting.
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The one with matthew perry seemed like it would have had a chance, given that it puts him back in the episodic comedy realm while at the same time allowing him to say and do more than network tv did. If that movie he's in does well, this may be looked upon as a mistake since they really do not have too many pure comedies on showtime. That Tim Robbins one also might have been good.
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i was hoping the L word spinoff was going to be picked up :(
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I'm very surprised that they passed on all four pilots.
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4 pilots rejected?!
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Wow I find it hard to believe that they passed on all 4.
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