Last season on The Affair, it was all about Noah (Dominic West) and Alison’s (Ruth Wilson) perspectives each hour, but tonight at 10p on Showtime they change everything up.
Tonight’s season premiere takes place about a month after Noah told his wife, Helen (Maura Tierney), that he was having an affair. He has moved in Alison and his mother-in-law moved in with his estranged wife. Their 4 kids are not handling their parents’ impending divorce very well and neither is Helen.
The two of them want to end their marriage as quickly and painlessly as possible, so they are seeing a mediator. And this is how the show differs from last season. Last year, it was half Noah’s story and half Alison’s, tonight’s episode is half Noah’s and half Helen’s. Next week, it is half Alison’s and half Cole’s (Joshua Jackson), her soon-to-be-ex-husband. A change that I think works better for the award winning drama.
One thing that doesn’t change, each perspective ends in the modern day and Noah’s arrest.
With all the changes, I can’t wait to see how the ramifications of the affair play out.
Ray Donovan is back on Showtime tonight at 9p and there is going to be a lot of change. Someone is going to die before the episode ends and that will really effect things for Ray (Liev Schreiber). Meanwhile his dad, Mickey (Jon Voight), will get himself involved in a new business venture. One that he will eventually need his son’s help to get him out of trouble. Because that is just how the Donovans roll.
Then at 10p, it’s time for Masters of Sex and they are getting ready to release their book. Before it’s release, the Masters and the Johnsons go on a family vacation together. While at the cabin, Virgina (Lizzy Caplan) gets some shocking news that has her running back to her ex-husband. Meanwhile, Dr Masters (Michael Sheen) is trying to finalize things on the book, but everyone keeps distracting him.
Once they get back into reality, Virgina gets some news that will complicate everything. How will they handle it? More importantly will you be able to handle all of the sex??? You just have to watch the show that is the master of sex.
After 6 successful seasons and multiple Emmys, Nurse Jackie (Edie Falco) begins her 7th and final season on Showtime tonight at 9p.
Last season ended with her getting in a car accident on her way to Miami and her pills flying all over the car. When the cops check on her, they see the pills and arrest her. Now she will face the ramifications for her actions.
She is forced into a rapid detox and now she is clean. But will she stay that way? Especially since now that she’s been arrested, Grace (Ruby Jerins) won’t let work as a nurse. She is literally cleaning the sh!t up all over the place. Not only that, she has to get pee tested every day by Zoey (Merritt Wever). Neither one of them are happy about it.
To make matters worse, it looks like All Saints is going to be sold and turned into condos.
Jackie will do everything in power to become a nurse again and save the hospital while trying to remain sober.
Will it be the end of her? You will just have to tune in for the next 12 weeks to find out. You don’t want to miss a single second of this addicting series’ final season.
Noah Solloway (Dominic West) is a happily married to Helen (Maura Tierney), they have four children and he’s a NYC teacher whose life about to change on a summer family trip to his father-in-law’s in Montauk, NY. Tonight at 10p on Showtime he begins The Affair with Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson) whose married to Cole Lockhart (Joshua Jackson) and they recently lost a kid.
For the first half hour, we will hear Noah’s story on how he met his mistress. Then for the second part of the show we find out how Alison remembers it. They each tell their tales to a cop. Why they are there we will find out soon, but what happened will come later so we will have to tune in ever week to find out.
A few weeks ago at the Showtime TCA Summer Press Tour Day Sarah Treem explained why the series is told as a he said/she said.
Oh, it doesn’t matter to me. I don’t think it lessens the experience to know going in. I mean, we’re really interested in telling a story in a kind of Rashmomon structure, because I think storytelling in general is driven by perspective, and there are two sides at least, to every story. And so we wanted to tell a story that was going to kind of capitalize on a different perspective, and so we were thinking about how to structure a story like that, and we thought a love affair would be the way to do it. And then, and an affair seemed to be kind of like a love affair on steroids. So when you’re having an affair, you’re you know, you’re never privy to what your lover is thinking, even if you’re married to them. But when you’re having an affair, you don’t even have access to what your lover is experiencing when you’re not around. There’s this whole other world that they inhabit that you never get to see. So for the characters, that felt like kind of the richest situation to put them in if we really wanted to tell a story from two perspectives and really kind of play around to like how differently people can experience the same situation.
Adding – There will be a point in the series where you start to see another perspective, and you could perhaps assume that that perspective was the absolute truth, but I think that perspective will turn out to be unreliable as well. I mean, I don’t think about it so much as unreliability. I just think about it as perspective. There will be times where their perspectives match much more closely as we go farther than they’re lining up right now, because they’re going back to basically the beginning now. The way I sort of thought about it is sort of an epic storytelling structure where we start in the middle and then we go back to the beginning and then we push through all the way to the end. So we’ll get closer basically to the paths will crash into the present at one point.
Showtime has been keeping a secret that no one saw coming and today they revealed that they are bringing back Twin Peaks for 9 episodes in 2016. Why then? It will be 25 years since the show that captivated America ended its first run on TV back in 1991. What has happened in the past quarter of a century? We will just have to tune in to find out in about a year and a half.
If you are like me and have had heard about this show and yet you’ve never seen it, then you will be happy to know that Showtime will air the first two seasons before their limited series airs.
To fans of the show, you will be happy to know that David Lynch and Mark Frost will be back to write and produce all nine episodes. Now when it comes to which actors will be back, you will just have to stay tuned. But I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot of familiar faces back in Twin Peaks.
Homeland is back on Showtime tonight at 9p with two new episodes and it is much different show than you remember. They say if you have given up on it, now is the time to come back. If you have never seen it, then now is the time to start watching.
Tonight’s episode picks up about a year after the season finale and Carrie is stationed in Kabul. The child she had with Brody is back in The States living with her sister as Carrie tries different ways to avoid her daughter, Frannie. When Carrie is given some good information that leads to bad situation, everything she has worked for has been compromised. Will she be able to get back on track or will her life as she knows it be over?
This is just one of the many questions you will ask yourself about season four. Recently at the Showtime TCA Summer Press Day, Executive Producers, Alex Gansa, Alexander Cary and Meredith Stiehm talked about this season and here are five answers you will want to know before you watch.
1 – Will Brody be back?
Gansa: “I can say unequivocally that Dana Brody will not be back for Season 4.”
2 – What happened to Saul?
Gansa: “I don’t think I’m giving too much away to say that Saul is no longer in the CIA as per the end of last season. But another interesting ramification of a military draw down in Afghanistan, for example, is that private contractors become that much more important. It’s a market opportunity for people that work in private contracting, private military business. And that’s who Saul has gone to work for. So largely that’s how his character gets introduced back into that world.”
3 – The baby?
Gansa: “I think that Carrie is very stable in terms of her illness, but I think she’s got a period of grieving to do and coming to terms with what happened at the end of last season. And clearly, that’s represented in, you know, identified by the child that she had. So the baby exists as a marker for her emotionally. But the place that she’s in now is a place where you cannot have dependents, so she was forced to leave the child at home.”
4 – What to expect?
Stiehm: “She’s (Carrie) in a completely different role now that she’s overseas. And there’s a very big storyline with somebody she’s recruiting and trying to get close to and trying to get his trust.
5 – Where is this season filmed?
Gansa: And though Cape Town might not seem like an ideal place to shoot for Islamabad, it’s actually amazing. A lot of Bollywood films have started shooting in Cape Town, and there’s a big expatriate community of Pakistanis and Indians there which provides us extras and great character actors,
Our favorite monsters that were born at the end of the 19th Century are reborn again tonight at 10p on Showtime in Penny Dreadful and you don’t want to miss them coming back to life.
Penny Dreadful, is an English tabloid magazine in the late 19th that talks about all the things that go bump in the night.
Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton) is looking for his daughter, Mina, who has been kidnapped by Vampires. While looking for her, he will meet many other creatures who are just as scary. Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) helps him with his search and she is a woman way ahead of her times. Ethan Chandle (Josh Hartnett) is an American, who is an expert marksmen, and he catches Ives’ eyes so she recruits him. Now they will seek what no one else wants to find and protect people from horrors that make Jack the Ripper seem wimpy.
Tonight we will meet Dr Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) and his creature. In upcoming episodes we will also meet Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney) and he is sexier than the way we pictured him in that eternal painting.
Penny Dreadful is a dark tale that will scare you the same way you were scared as a kid the first time you saw something with Vampires and Frankenstein in it. We all need to be reminded of that fear every now and again and Penny Dreadful is the perfect reminder.
Seven is a lucky number. Hank Moody (David Duchovny) gets lucky a lot. So it makes sense that Califronication would go out during its 7h season.
Tonight at 9:30p on Showtime, the curtain goes up for Hank Moody one last time and I am sad to see this show go.
Hank is committed to Karen (Natascha McElhone), and he will do anything to win her back. He is even willing to take a job on a TV show as a writer. Will that be enough to tame him?
Besides dealing with his new job, he has a new person in his life. He has a son. That’s right, all the Californication he has been doing has given him a son. Levon (Oliver Cooper), is actually from a relationship he had just before he started dating Karen. Now that Levon’s mother (Heather Graham) is back in his life, how will that effect his relationship with Karen?
When it comes to Levon, he is momma’s boy who is nothing like his dad. In upcoming episodes, Hank’s influence on him will change this nerdy boy into a confident man. Especially when Hank hires a prostitute for him so he can lose his virginity. Only Californication can make something so wrong seem so right. Which is something Marcy (Pamela Adlon) and him admit they longer can tell the difference about.
Now back to Marcy, Charlie (Evan Handler) and her are trying to make their second marriage to each other work. But with him out of her work and her barely working, how will they survive without money? An indecent proposal, might save the day.
By the end of this season, there will be a lot of sex, a lot wackiness, a lot of cursing, a lot laughs, a few tears, and an answer to whether or not Hank and Karen will live happily ever after.
I am sad to see this show go because it is the only show I know that makes being so wrong, seem so right. I will never forget moments like she’s a squirter or an orgy on a plane that is looks like it is going to crash and so much more. What is your favorite moment from Californication? How do you think it will end?
Next Thursday at 10p on Showtime’s Gigolos, Brace dresses up as a Centaur for one of his clients. When the oldest member of the group asks her if she likes it, she tells him no. She wanted something from the Renaissance era and he dressed up as someone from Greek Mythology. So I guess you can say that was attempt was a big old neigh!
You know if this Gigolo thing doesn’t work out for him, maybe Craig Ferguson can hire him to be half of Secretariat. I know which half he would be perfect for!
Gigolos is cuming back to Showtime on January 23rd and you don’t have to tie me to bed to make me watch the new season. Who doesn’t love watching the exploits of our favorite male escorts from Las Vegas? Plus, it looks this year they are going to get paid to do even more things they never thought they would have to do for a buck.
Finally, how nice will it be to see Brace being controlled by a woman for once! He always thinks he is the one in charge. But we know who is really in charge, am I right ladies?