A Royal Decree for Season Three! SHOWTIME's THE TUDORS Gets 3rd Season Pick-Up
New Season Follows King Henry as He Weds Jane Seymour and Anne of Cleves
LOS ANGELES, April 22 -- As episode six of THE TUDORS'
second season debuts this coming Sunday on SHOWTIME, the network is ramping
up for a third season of palace intrigue and royal drama, premiering in
2009. Production is slated to begin on June 16th in Dublin, Ireland with
series star Jonathan Rhys Meyers set to return.
THE TUDORS took SHOWTIME subscribers and the media by storm when it
premiered in April 2006, generating record viewership and critical acclaim.
Last year, both the series and Rhys Meyers earned Golden Globe(R)
nominations. And, season one of THE TUDORS is currently one of CBS Home
Entertainment's top-selling titles.
"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," says SHOWTIME
President of Entertainment Robert Greenblatt. "We are enormously proud of
this show, the extraordinary cast, and the production team that recreates
the grandeur of the Renaissance year in and year out. There is nothing like
this anywhere on American television."
Viewers and critics alike have been enthralled watching the storied
exploits of the sexy, hard-bodied King Henry VIII (Rhys Meyers) as he weds
Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) while working to declare his marriage invalid
to Queen Katherine (Maria Doyle Kennedy). This prompts Pope Paul III (Peter
O'Toole) to have him excommunicated -- a fall-out that changed the course
of history. Anne's failure to deliver a male heir sets the wheels in motion
for her beheading, and sends Henry straight into the arms of yet another
prospect -- Jane Seymour (Anita Briem), who dies from an infection after
finally giving him his coveted male heir.
THE TUDORS is an Ireland-Canada co-production, executive produced by
Morgan O'Sullivan for Octagon Films; Benjamin Silverman and Teri Weinberg
for Reveille Productions; Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan for Working Title
Films, and Sheila Hockin; and is created, written and executive produced by
Michael Hirst. SHOWTIME presents the series in association with Peace Arch
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