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HBO's 'Game of Thrones' gets April 1 premiere date


January 13, 2012|By Curt Wagner | RedEye

"The Borgias"
9 p.m. April 8
Season 2 of "The Borgias" finds Pope Alexander (Jeremy Irons) seeking to consolidate his power and enlisting his family to take an oath of revenge on the great noble houses that dared to stand against him, causing his Papacy to face political turmoil once again. But Alexander's real problems lie with his children, all of whom are growing up and defying his authority. Lucrezia forges an unlikely alliance between Vanozza and Giulia, and together they plot to battle Vatican corruption. The sibling rivalry between Cesare and Juan will soon turn to hatred as their father's unwavering favoritism toward Juan triggers Cesare to engage his dark side. Elsewhere in Rome, Alexander's old enemy Della Rovere has entered the city incognito and conspires to assassinate him. In its freshman season, "The Borgias" averaged 3.2 million weekly viewers, besting "The Tudors'" highest rated season by 17 percent. The series is an Ireland/Canada/Hungary co-production. Academy Award-winning director and Emmy nominee Neil Jordan ("The Crying Game") serves as creator, executive producer and writer of the series. David Leland and Guy Burt also serve as writers during the series' second run. James Flynn, Sheila Hockin, John Weber, David Leland, Justin Falvey and Jack Rapke serve as the executive producers.

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