21 December 2012 9:49 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Though Showtime has enjoyed some success with The Borgias, the series represents a more sensationalist, pre-Homeland era at the network, when the balance between themes of political machinations and reckless horniness was tipped toward the latter. So the network's first pilot for 2013 is The Vatican, another pope drama about "spirituality, power and politics," but one set within the modern-day Catholic Church—a place where any horniness is a subject of obfuscation, rather than right out in the open, with Jeremy Irons banging everything in his big pope hat. Constituting another leap of faith, Ridley Scott has added »

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