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The Affair Tells Two Stories — But Which One Do We Believe?

Dominic West, Ruth Wilson

There are two sides to every story, and Showtime's provocative new drama The Affair aims to tell them both.

The series, debuting Sunday at 10/9c, uses a Roshomon-like technique to tell the stories of Noah Solloway (The Wire's Dominic West) and Allison Lockhart (Luther's Ruth Wilson), a pair who begin their titular adulterous romance during a summer in Montauk. Each person is recalling his or her version of events as part of a present-day framing device, and, naturally, there are significant differences depending on who is telling the story.

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"I'm interested in psychology and the way that people think about themselves and who they are versus who they want to be," executive producer Sarah Treem, who developed the series with In Treatment's Hagai Levi, tells TVGuide.com.... read more

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The Affair

The mysteries of sexual attraction aren't the only enigmatic forces at play in Showtime's intensely intimate new drama The Affair (Sunday, 10/9c), which adopts a provocative he-remembers/she-remembers approach to an extramarital fling during a Long Island summer. By the end of the absorbing first episode (all that Showtime has made available for review in advance of the 10-week season), with the actual affair still in the offing, we're not quite sure who, if anyone, we can believe.

As the story unfolds in parallel flashback, the memories don't quite match up. So who made the first significant eye contact? Who's the provocateur? And perhaps the greatest puzzle is why each is telling this very personal, intimate story to the authorities, in a framing device reminiscent of True Detective. So there are plenty of unanswered questions in the first, hypnotic hour. read more

Showtime Sets Premiere Date, Releases Trailer for The Affair

Dominic West, Ruth Wilson

Get ready to have an affair with Showtime.

The network's provocative new drama The Affair will debut on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 10/9c, Showtime announced at the Television Critics Association's fall previews on Friday.

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The Affair tells the story of Noah... read more

Showtime Orders New Series Starring Joshua Jackson, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Joshua Jackson, Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Showtime has given series orders to The Affair and Happyish, the network announced at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Thursday. Both series received 10-episode orders.

The Affair stars Dawson's Creek and Fringe alum Joshua Jackson as... read more

Exclusive First Look: Julia Stiles and Eric Stoltz Team Up for WIGS Season 3 in Blue

Eric Stoltz and Julia Stiles

Julia Stiles and Eric Stoltz are teaming up for WIGS.

On Blue, which will debut on the WIGS YouTube channel, Stiles plays a single mother trying to protect her son from the consequences of her secret career as an escort. The third season finds Blue getting a little too close to a client (Stoltz).

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TVGuide.com has the exclusive first look at the duo in action on WIGS... read more

Exclusive: Bunheads' Julia Goldani Telles Joins Showtime Pilot The Affair

Julia Goldani Telles

Fans of the beloved, but short-lived ABC Family series Bunheads have something to smile about.

Julia Goldani Telles, who played Sasha, has signed on for the Showtime drama pilot The Affair, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

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The 18-year-old actress joins an impressive cast including... read more

Joshua Jackson Cowboys Up for Showtime Drama Pilot The Affair

Josh Jackson

Joshua Jackson may be returning to the small screen soon.

The Dawson's Creek and Fringe alum has joined the Showtime drama pilot The Affair, the network announced Monday. He joins... read more

Maura Tierney Joins Showtime Pilot The Affair

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney has joined the cast of Showtime's pilot The Affair, Deadline.com reports.

Created by In Treatment producers Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi, the project will follow... read more

True Blood's Anna Paquin on WIGS Debut and the End of Sookie Stackhouse

Anna Paquin

Fans can get a double dose of Anna Paquin this week as HBO's True Blood returns for its sixth season the same time the actress makes her debut in WIGS' new webseries Susanna.

In Susanna,  which debuts Friday on the WIGS YouTube channel, Paquin takes a break from True Blood's fantastical elements for a story set in the real world.  She plays Katie, a new mother who is... read more

Linda Cardellini Gets Engaged

Linda Cardellini and Steven Rodriguez

Linda Cardellini and longtime boyfriend Steven Rodriguez are engaged, she announced on The View Friday.

The 37-year-old actress... read more

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