TV News: Borgias, Shameless, Enlightened

The Borgias
French Canadian stage/film actor Francois Arnaud (“I Killed My Mother”) has scored the key role of Cesare in the high-profile period Showtime series says Premiere France.

Neil Jordan directs the pilot of the Renaissance-era crime family drama. Cesare is the ambitious son of family patriarch Rodrigo Borgia (Jermey Irons).

Showtime has picked up the pilot and given a twelve-episode order for the John Wells-produced remake of Paul Abbott’s long-running British series reports the trades.

The U.S. version revolves around the working-class Chicago family The Gallaghers who are dealing with the recession. The mother is AWOL, and the alcoholic patriarch (William H. Macy) usually ends up passed out on the living-room floor.

As a result their smart but unpredictable 18-year-old daughter, Fiona (Emmy Rossum), is tasked with keeping her five younger brothers and sisters on the straight and narrow. Allison Janney also has a recurring role.

Wells and Abbott penned the adaptation and will executive produce, though Wells will serve as the primary showrunner. Abbott has various other commitments including a new season of the original U.K. show.

HBO has given a pilot and nine-episode first season order to the single-camera half-hour comedy “Enlightened” reports Variety.

Laura Dern stars as a self-destructive woman who has a revelation at a treatment center after she suffering a nervous breakdown.

Her attempts to live an enlightened life creates unexpected havoc at home and work. Diane Ladd, Luke Wilson and Sarah Burns also star.