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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

Exclusive Video: Is This the Face of a Cheater? Meet the Woman at the Center of Showtime's The Affair

Ruth Wilson

What makes two people cheat? It's a question asked time and time again, and it's one Showtime's new drama The Affair hopes to answer.

On the series, premiering Sunday, Oct. 12 at 10/9c, Luther's Ruth Wilson plays Alison, a married woman who suffers a tragedy and subsequently begins ... 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: 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

Showtime Boss: "Of Course" a Dexter Spin-Off Is Possible

Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall

Not ready to say goodbye to Dexter? Then get ready to overreact to this news.

After revealing that Showtime had signed a "rare" two-year overall deal with Dexter showrunner Scott Buck, network president David Nevins was asked whether a spin-off series was still being considered.

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"Of course," Nevins told reporters at the Television Critics Association fall previews Tuesday. "We announced a deal with Scott Buck today. Draw your own conclusions."

Pressed for details after the panel, Nevins clarified that nothing is actively in the works and that no deals with cast members have been extended. (The Hollywood Reporter previously reported rumblings of a spin-off centered on Jennifer Carpenter's Debra.) "We have a deal with Scott and we're going to develop a bunch of different things with him," he said. "All options will be explored. We're really not dealing with it at all until we're through this season and maybe for a while thereafter. It's all about the satisfying ending to the show."

To that end... read more

Idris Elba Talks Luther Season 2

Idris Elba, Luther

Talking to Idris Elba can be disorienting. No matter how often he references his acclaimed roles as Baltimore drug lord Stringer Bell on The Wire ("That part spoiled me and catapulted me onto the radar," he says) or Dunder Mifflin big boss Charles Miner on The Office ("I can't believe I got paid to have so much fun"), it doesn't jibe with the East London inflection coming out of his mouth. Can this be the same actor? 

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