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Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 1:22PM EST
Anna Paquin joins The Affair for a final season time jump
The True Blood alum will play Alison and Cole’s now-adult daughter, Joanie Lockhart, on the fifth and final season of the Showtime series. A portion of Season 5 will jump in time two to three decades into the future for Paquin's scenes. Joanie was last seen on The Affair as a 5-year-old, while Paquin is 36. According to TVLine, "Paquin’s Joanie returns to a climate-change ravaged Montauk to piece together the truth about what happened to her late mother (played by former cast member Ruth Wilson), bringing The Affair‘s five-season narrative full circle." Paquin last year starred on the Netflix miniseries Alias Grace. She recently filmed the Pop TV limited series Flack, playing a London-based U.S. publicity maven.
Posted Wednesday 11/07/18 at 2:51PM EST
The Affair finds a new love interest for Maura Tierney's Helen
Danish actor Claes Bang is joining the fifth and final season of the Showtime series, playing a charismatic, A-list movie star.
Posted Friday 10/19/18 at 2:31PM EDT
The Affair loses another cast member: Catalina Sandino Moreno
Moreno, who plays the wife of Joshua Jackson's Cole Lockhart, will also be leaving the Showtime series. Jackson was revealed to be exiting the Showtime series last month. Moreno is joining the CBS NSA spy drama Surveillance.
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 9:40PM EDT
Report: Joshua Jackson "will likely not return" to The Affair for Season 5
If Jackson does return, it will likely be for one episode, reports Entertainment Tonight, which adds that Jackson originally planned to exit the Showtime drama after Season 3.
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 1:33AM EDT
Ruth Wilson: "There is a much bigger story" to my exit from The Affair
Source: The New York Times
“It isn’t about pay parity, and it wasn’t about other jobs,” Wilson says in a New York Times profile less than two weeks after telling CBS This Morning it was her decision to leave. “But I’m not really allowed to talk about it.” Wilson said it's up to The Affair co-creator Sarah Treem to explain the "bigger story," but Treem said via statement what she and Showtime said before -- that her character had run its course.
Posted Monday 8/27/18 at 10:30PM EDT
Maura Tierney is okay following her brief hospitalization after a car hit her bicycle
The Affair star was riding her bike in Marina del Rey around noon when a car clipped her back tire, sending her tumbling to the ground. But her rep tells TMZ she was released from the hospital with no major injuries.
Posted Friday 8/17/18 at 1:55PM EDT
Ruth Wilson had a different vision for how her Affair character would exit the show
Wilson was asked by Vulture last night if she had any say over her character's fate. “No, I had no say over how the character’s arc was going to end, or how she would die and leave," Wilson replied. "I always hoped that she would … I always had the image that she would walk into the sunset with her son with no man,” Wilson said, adding, “That’s what I hoped for her. But no.”
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 4:38PM EDT
Showtime on Ruth Wilson's Affair exit: "Everyone agreed the character's story had run its course"
Showtime addressed Wilson's awkward CBS This Morning interview, in which she said this morning the decision to leave was hers, but "I'm not allowed to talk about why" she left. Hours later, Showtime released a statement saying: “We can’t speak for Ruth, but heading into season four everyone agreed the character’s story had run its course. Ultimately, it felt like the most powerful creative decision would be to end Alison’s arc at the moment when she had finally achieved self-empowerment. The impact of her loss will be felt as the series concludes next season. We thank the many fans who embraced the character of Alison and especially thank Ruth for her indelible work over the past four seasons.” Variety reports that Wilson came to producers before Season 4 and asked if she could be let out of her contract to work on the BBC/PBS series Mrs. Wilson, based on her grandmother.
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Ruth Wilson says "I'm not allowed to talk about why" I left The Affair
Wilson's comment on CBS This Morning caught interviewer Gayle King off-guard. King then brought up her revelation earlier this year that she was certain she was paid less than co-star Dominic West. But Wilson said she “never complained to Showtime about pay parity.”
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Joshua Jackson attempts to outdo James Van Der Beek's "Crying Dawson" meme
“I’m coming for your crown,” Jackson wrote to his former Dawson's Creek co-star, accompanied by a photo his crying face from The Affair.
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 3:26AM EDT
The Affair shocker, explained
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Co-creator and showrunner Sarah Treem says of Sunday's surprise twist: "That was a request, so that was decided basically before we started writing. It wasn't a discovery of any kind. That was very deliberate."
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 1:45PM EDT
The Affair renewed for a fifth and final season
“We love the intimacy, the nuance and the emotional honesty of The Affair’s subjective examination of both infidelity and fidelity,” said Showtime programming president Gary Levine said in a statement announcing the news. “(Executive producer) Sarah Treem has always envisioned this as a five-season series, and we will be fascinated to see where she takes her talented cast and all of us next year in its climactic season.”
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Bill Maher cites HBO rival Showtime's The Affair in reaction to the sexual misconduct allegations against Chris Hardwick'
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The Real Time host doesn't know Hardwick well, but he says he read Chloe Dykstra's account of his alleged emotional and sexual abuse. "There’s a show on — I shouldn’t plug it because it’s my network rival — but there’s a show on Showtime called The Affair," he says when asked about Hardwick. "Have you ever seen it? It’s a Rashomon-type show where the first half hour is his story, then the second half hour is her story. So, they’re showing basically the same sequence of events through the eyes of two different people. And, of course, what you see is how differently people remember the exact same situation. They didn’t invent that, but it’s an interesting way to look at a relationship. So I have no idea. What I do know is this: It’s got to be different when you have 30 accusers than when you have one. When it’s a Bill Cosby, when it’s a Harvey Weinstein, when it’s any of these situations where dozens and dozens of people come forward, then it’s almost preposterous to say, 'Well, there’s nothing to see here.' But when it’s one person, I have no idea. And of course, it’s probably wrong to condemn someone based on one person, because relationships touch our rawest nerves, and people then sometimes do remember things wrong, or sometimes have personal revenge motivations. We just don’t know. Should we believe the woman? Yes, of course. But also every case is an individual case. I don’t think anyone should be arguing that women, ethereal creatures though they are, are infallible."
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
The Affair Season 4 is an unexpected treat after Season 3 looked like a natural ending
Source: The Washington Post
"The new episodes capably reignite the show’s original allure," says Hank Stuever, "discarding some unnecessary bloat and focusing once more on The Affair’s basic premise, which is that no two people will ever view the same occurrences and facts the same way. The show is also very good on the subject of long and unintended consequences, the sort of mistakes that reroute entire lives. That’s not a particularly profound revelation to anyone who’s ever been in a relationship (or had an affair), but it remains a fascinating narrative device where The Affair is concerned.
- Season 4 reins things in after carrying things a little too far in Season 3
- Maura Tierney says The Affair changed the way she looks at past relationships, romantic and non-romantic
- Co-creator Sarah Treem has evolved from identifying with Allison to identifying with Helen
- Treem talks about the benefits of an extended break and shooting in both New York and Los Angeles
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 4:40PM EDT
The Affair debuts its official Season 4 trailer
The Showtime series will back on June 17 with a new Los Angeles setting.