Tudors renewed for 3rd season
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Showtime taps ‘Tudors’ for 3rd season
By Kimberly Nordyke
April 22, 2008
Just a few weeks after its sophomore bow, Showtime’s “The Tudors” has gotten a third-season pickup.
Production will begin June 16 in Dublin, Ireland, with series star Jonathan Rhys Meyers set to return as King Henry VIII. The number of episodes has yet to be determined for Season 3, which will follow the king as he weds Jane Seymour (Anita Briem) and Anne of Cleves, but it’s scheduled for a 2009 premiere.
The news comes after Showtime recently reiterated its commitment to original programming. Following the news that the network would not be renewing its output deals with Viacom-owned Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM — which now will be launching a premium TV channel and VOD service in fall 2009 — Showtime is expected to invest some of the money earmarked for output deals into more original series. Along with “Tudors,” Showtime’s originals include “Dexter” and “Weeds.”
Showtime said Tuesday that “Tudors” is one of CBS Home Entertainment’s top-selling titles. Both the series and Rhys Meyers earned Golden Globe nominations this year.
” ‘The Tudors’ is now a fixture for us at Showtime, and we’re on our way to completing the entire saga of all six wives of Henry VIII,” Showtime president of entertainment Robert Greenblatt said.
“Tudors,” an Ireland-Canada co-production presented in association with Peach Arch Entertainment, is written by creator Michael Hirst, who also executive produces with Morgan O’Sullivan for Octagon Films, Benjamin Silverman and Teri Weinberg for Reveille Prods., Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan for Working Title Films and Sheila Hockin.