In the lush new Showtime drama 'The Borgias,' Jeremy Irons heads what the network smartly brands "The original crime family."
The Showtime story of the Borgia climb to power begins with Rodrigo Borgia (Irons) essentially buying his way to the head of the Catholic church. The story builds slowly, with much of the first hour devoted to establishing the setting and tone of the series. Once Borgia is officially installed as Pope Alexander VI, things pick up. Because that's when all the murdering begins.