Two new Showtime series expand casts
THR EXCLUSIVEShowtime is adding two veteran British thespians to two new series.
On its Renaissance-era crime drama "The Borgias," Derek Jacobi has been cast as Cardinal Orsini for the first few episodes. He'll play a nemesis to Pope Alexander (Jeremy Irons).
Jacobi has appeared in the features "Gladiator," "Gosford Park" and "Underworld: Evolution."
On the comedy "Episodes," Showtime has tapped Richard Griffiths to play a version of himself: a brilliant British actor deemed "too sophisticated" by an American TV network to star in a fictional comedy pilot who instead is replaced by Matt LeBlanc.
Griffiths plays Uncle Vernon Dursley in the "Harry Potter" films.
Both shows are in production; no premiere dates have been set.