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I reported Saturday that the shooting of the first season of the fantasy series Les revenants started in Annecy today. Well, there's another Création Originale de Canal+ going into production on this day : Borgia season 2 !

Canal+ (producer and broadcaster), Beta (world sales), Atlantique Productions, Lagardère Entertainement and EOS entertainment (production companies) announced today that shooting of the 12-episode second season has started in Prague, where season 1 was filmed. The crew will even be filming a little bit in Italy as well. Historical figures of the Renaissance like Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) and Michelangelo (1475-1564) will appear. Shooting will end in November 2012. The new season is set to premiere on Canal+ in 2013.

A critically acclaimed hit in France, Borgia season 1 has been sold to more than 50 countries, including Britain and the USA (Netflix), Germany (ZDF - co-producer), Italy (Sky Italia), Spain (Cosmopolitan TV) and Poland (Canal+ Polska).

— Tom Fontana (creator of the series) : "Borgia has been and continues to be a creative joy and a personal pleasure. I love the mix of talented Europeans and Americans we've assembled, both in front of and behind the camera. Working with Lagardère, Canal+ and Beta has been a unique and thrilling experience. And I know that our new season of stories will take us where we were last year and launch us Heavenward !"

— Fabrice de la Patellière (director of fiction on Canal+) : "Canal+ is proud to be the privileged partner of this ambitious international production conceived by Tom Fontana, one of the greatest creators of television series. Season 1 gave rise to a veritable event on our channel last October, beating all the ratings records for the Création Originale. We now look forward with enthusiasm and impatience to proposing this new season of Borgia to our subscribers."

— Ferdinand Dohna (producer of the series via EOS Entertainment / Beta Film) : "Tom Fontana’s scripts promise the same opulent mix of history and entertainment that already thrilled vast audiences in the first season. Visually, we’re even going one step further, since many scenes of the second season will be shot at original locations in Italy such as the medieval castle of the Orsini in Bracciano or the Renaissance villa of the Farnese in Caprarola. By the way, Beta has extended its relationship with Tom Fontana and is currently shooting with him the 10-part event series Copper, which takes place in 1860s New York."

— Olivier Bibas & Klaus Zimmermann (producers at Atlantique Productions) : "The audience really dug into it, and we received many requests to continue the fascinating stories about this dysfunctional family. With the second season in the making, Borgia now takes on the status of a long-running series with a universal resonance. It is a great première for a European initiative that affirms our feeling that there is truly a market for audiovisual production in the future."


And since good news never come alone : Canal+'s laugh out loud comedy Platane has officially been renewed for season 2. Season 1 (twelve 35-minute episodes) aired last September on Canal. When I say officially, it's not because we didn't know whether a second season was going to happen or not, it was almost entirely sure it would pan out, but until now, I'm assuming that Canal+ had just told Eric Judor (creator, writer, producer, director, lead actor of Platane) to pitch them his ideas for a new season, basically. Clearly, they were convinced by what he has in mind. Now, I assume that Eric will write the scripts of all 12 episodes when he has time between the movies he plays in, and when he's done, production is a go. Eric said in an interview that his character (well, the exaggerated version of himself) will be even more pathetic in season 2 than in season 1. That's a hard task to accomplish and I for one can't wait to see the result.

Sources for Borgia : Le Nouvel Obs, Le Point, Le Figaro, etc.
Sources for Platane : L'Express, Télé2Semaines, Comme au Cinéma, etc.

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