TV News: Borgias, Ratings, Cougar, Thrones

The Borgias
Showtime have released both the cast photo and a new trailer for the upcoming second season of its historical drama “The Borgias” with Jeremy Irons reprising his role as the conniving Pope Alexander XVI.

The second season will deal with the events at the end of the first, King Charles of France realising the Pope’s deception about the plague-ridden Naples which could lead to him engaging in his planned invasion after all. At the same time Cesare and Juan begin to turn on each other. The season kicks off on April 8th.

J.J. Abrams’ latest series “Alcatraz” got off to a strong start on Monday with its two-hour premiere scoring a 3.3 rating/8 share and 10 million total viewers – the highest-rated drama debut for Fox since “Lie to Me” in January 2009.

The American remake of “Being Human” on Syfy was down in its second season premiere with 1.8 million viewers at 9 pm, a drop of 200,000 from the series debut last year. However it improved 8% in the key demo. [Source: Reuters & The Live Feed]

CBS has given the go ahead for the pilot “Elementary”, a contemporary-set Sherlock Holmes series from writer Rob Doherty. In this Holmes is now living in modern day New York City. [Source: Deadline]

Cougar Town
The Courtney Cox-lead sitcom will return for its third season on Valentine’s Day at 8:30 p.m. according to ABC. The show takes over the slot vacated by the now canceled “Work It”. [Source: USA Today]

Game of Thrones
HBO is set to re-air the first season of “Game of Thrones”, one episode a week on Thursday nights starting January 26th, in the lead up to the second season premiere on April 1st.