The Tudors is an American historical fiction television series that was created by Michael Hirst. It was produced for Showtime, the premium cable television channel. It was produced by a team of Canadian, British, and American producers and was mostly shot in Ireland. The series is named after the Tudor Dynasty in general, but it is specifically based on King Henry VIII's reign.
Peace Arch Entertainment produced the series for Showtime, in partnership with Reveille Productions and Working Title Television. The series was shot in Ireland. Before the Showtime premiere, the first two episodes were broadcast on DirecTV and Time Warner Cable OnDemand as well as Netflix, Verizon FiOS On Demand, Internet Movie Database, and on Showtime's website. Before the official premiere on Showtime, The Tudors debuted on DirecTV, Time Warner Cable OnDemand, Netflix, Verizon FiOS On Demand, Internet Movie Database, and on the BBC's website. The show was broadcast by the CBC on October 2.
Season Two premiered on Showtime, 30 March 2008, and BBC 2 on 1 August 2008. Season Two debuted on Showtime on March 30, 2008, and on BBC 2 on August 1, 2008. Season Three was produced in Bray County Wicklow Ireland on June 16, 2008.The season premiered on Showtime in April 2009 and debuted on CBC Canada on September 30, 2009. On MoboVivo, Canada's first downloadable episodes were released the day after broadcast.
Showtime announced on 13 April 2009 that the show had been renewed for a fourth season. The network ordered 10 episodes, which were broadcast for the first time on April 11, 2010.On 20 June 2010, the series finale was broadcast. The finale season of the series was broadcast in Canada by CBC, starting on 22 September 2010 and ending on 23 Nov 2010.
Sony Pictures Television holds international distribution rights.