Showtime has released the teaser to its newest series, “The Affair,” which stars Dominic West (“The Hour”), Ruth Wilson (“Luther”), Maura Tierney (“ER”) and Joshua Jackson (“Fringe”). The ten-episode drama will explore the lives of two married individuals as they enter into a forbidden relationship. Read further to know more about “The Affair.”
Set in Long Island in New York, “The Affair” follows school teacher Noah (Dominic West) and waitress Alison (Ruth Wilson) as they become involved in an illicit relationship, affecting their marriages with their partners, Helen (Maura Tierney) and Cole (Joshua Jackson). Noah and Helen, high school sweethearts who have been together for 17 years, are stuck in a rut, while Alison and Cole are struggling with finances in their relationship.
Series co-creator Sarah Treem, who has written and produced for “House of Cards,” intends “The Affair” to be told in a style similar to “Rashomon,” the highly acclaimed Japanese movie, where characters tell the story in their own perspective. Speaking before a press panel last July 18, 2014 in Beverly Hills, Treem stressed that while the series explores the subject of marriage, it’s not entirely about an illicit affair.
“We really do think of the show as a show about marriage, actually, more than a show about an affair. I think that the term ‘affair’ will ultimately prove to be somewhat ironic if you keep watching the show,” said Treem, as published in LA Times.
The “Rashomon” structure, added Treem, allows the series to be driven by its storytelling, particularly when affairs have this “whole other world” that the other person in the relationship doesn’t really get to see. Viewers watching the series will then get to draw out their own conclusions about which side of the affair depicts what is true.
Co-creator Hagai Levi, who has worked with Treem in the HBO series “In Treatment,” first hatched the idea behind “The Affair.”
Meanwhile, West, who has played similar roles as an adulterer in the past, said in the same panel that he was thrilled to play the hero in this series and liked the idea even more when his character also has the complexities of a villain.
The series is set to debut on Oct. 19, 2014 on Showtime.
Will you be checking out this show when it airs? Don’t forget to watch Showtime’s teaser below and follow more updates about “The Affair” only here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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