The Tudors will rule again

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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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