‘Borgias’ sells worldwide

CBS inks deals in Germany, Italy, Korea and Turkey, as well as pan-regional pacts

The latest smallscreen recreation of the Borgias’ reign, starring Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander VI, is shaping up to repeat the success of that other renaissance bodice-ripper, “The Tudors.”

CBS Studios Intl. announced Tuesday that Neil Jordan’s take on “The Borgias” sold to Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Korea and Turkey, with pan-region agreements in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

“The Borgias” previously sold to Sky Atlantic in the U.K. and Telecinco in Spain.

Drama bowed Sunday in the U.S. on Showtime, which said it delivered its biggest aud for a freshman drama series preem in seven years.

Jordan scripted “The Borgias” and helmed two of the nine episodes.

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