CTV adds Showtime's 'Borgias'

Broadcaster to co-produce first 10 episodes

TORONTO -- Canadian broadcaster CTV has added "The Borgias," Showtime's replacement drama for "The Tudors," to its conventional TV network slate.

CTV signed on as a co-producer for the first 10 episodes of the Canadian-European co-production about an infamous noble family in Renaissance Italy.

CTV earlier found ratings success on its domestic network with U.S. premium cable dramas like Showtime's "Dexter," AMC's "Mad Men" and HBO's "The Sopranos."

The Jeremy Irons-starring "Borgias" is the successor to "Tudors" on Showtime, which aired in Canada on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. for four successful seasons.

Canadian actor Colm Feore is in talks to co-star opposite Irons in "Borgias" as the producers add Canuck content elements to the project.

The period drama is expected to shoot in Hungary this summer, before posting in Toronto and bowing in spring 2011.