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14.8.13

How cancelled TV shows can find a new life in books

The Borgias was cancelled earlier this year. Scott Meslow of The Week.com has written a piece about how the period drama has found new life on an e-book and whether more cancelled shows can follow suit, especially those who were cancelled before the story ended. 


In June, Showtime president David Nevins canceled the network's period drama The Borgias a full season before its creator Neil Jordan originally intended — and the show's tiny but passionate fan base was, predictably, less than pleased. After mounting an extensive social media campaign to try and get the series resurrected, they hired a plane with a banner that read "D Nevins: Sho fans you care — save The Borgias" to fly over the Television Critics' Association press tour.

Nevins was unmoved. The closest he came to offering any solace for Borgias fans was a vague reference suggesting a Borgias Kickstarter campaign, noting that the crowdfunding service was recently used to resurrect the cult TV favorite Veronica Mars. But let's be honest: A period piece like The Borgias is too expensive for a Kickstarter project, and it lacks both the critical support and sizable fan base required to make such a campaign a success. So just like that — like so many canceled shows before it — The Borgias was dead, destined for a relatively unmourned burial in a potter's field.

But then something interesting happened. On Monday, Showtime quietly announced that The Borgias would be continued after all. Not as a TV series, and not even as the made-for-TV movie originally proposed by creator Neil Jordan — but as an e-book called The Borgia Apocalypse, based on Jordan's script, which would offer fans the definitive ending to the story that Jordan has always planned.

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