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The Affair 

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A struggling novelist and a young waitress strike up an extramarital relationship that promises to forever change the course of their lives.


Hagai Levi, Sarah Treem
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Series cast summary:
Dominic West ...  Noah Solloway 53 episodes, 2014-2019
Maura Tierney ...  Helen Solloway 53 episodes, 2014-2019
Julia Goldani Telles ...  Whitney Solloway 53 episodes, 2014-2019
Jadon Sand ...  Trevor Solloway 53 episodes, 2014-2019
Joshua Jackson ...  Cole Lockhart 43 episodes, 2014-2019
Ruth Wilson ...  Alison Bailey 43 episodes, 2014-2019
Jake Siciliano ...  Martin Solloway 37 episodes, 2014-2019
Catalina Sandino Moreno ...  Luisa Leon 29 episodes, 2015-2019
Omar Metwally ...  Dr. Vic Ullah 27 episodes, 2015-2019
Leya Catlett Leya Catlett ...  Stacey Solloway 22 episodes, 2014-2015


At once deeply observed and intriguingly elusive, The Affair explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship. Noah is a New York City schoolteacher and budding novelist with a wife of twenty years and four children. Alison is a young waitress and wife from Montauk at the end of Long Island, trying to piece her life back together in the wake of a tragedy. The provocative drama unfolds separately from multiple perspectives, using the distinct memory biases of each character to tell the story. Created by Sarah Treem.

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Danger lies in losing control.




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Star Ruth Wilson shocked people when she abruptly quit the show before its final season in the summer of 2018. When reporters pressed her for an explanation, all she said was "It isn't about pay parity, and it wasn't about other jobs," Wilson told The New York Times. "I'm not really allowed to talk about it. There is a much bigger story." To get to the bottom of what happened, The Hollywood Reporter interviewed numerous insiders, and then it published the untold story of why Wilson left. The actress, who is restrained by an NDA, knew her role on the adult drama would involve showing some skin, but she felt the frequency and nature of her nude scenes were gratuitous. The production team was also reportedly sloppy about protecting actors' privacy on a number of occasions. "There sometimes were people there who didn't need to be, or the monitor was in plain view," an insider told THR. Another source alleged that a complaint was raised after a monitor was left on and someone not involved with the production was able to watch them shoot an on-location sex scene. Wilson finally negotiated her exit from The Affair after a shocking account of a drunken run-in with the show's executive producer and frequent director Jeffrey Reiner was published on the now-shuttered website Lenny Letter in 2016. Allegedly, Reiner crossed paths with Jenni Konner and Lena Dunham in the Hamptons and tried to persuade the Girls star to have dinner alone with Wilson, to convince her to "show her tits, or at least some vag" on his show. Then, Reiner allegedly pulled out his phone and showed off a photo of Maura Tierney, another star of The Affair, with a nude male actor's penis near her face. Evidently, it was meant to prove to Dunham the show had an equal male-to-female nudity ratio. Wilson raised a complaint with Showtime in early 2017 alleging The Affair was a "hostile work environment," and the network's parent company CBS opened an internal investigation sometime after. According to THR, the Reiner incident gave the actress the leverage she needed to negotiate her exit from the show. She reportedly received a substantial payout, shot all her scenes in the fourth season early, and refused to share a set with show runner Sarah Treem. See more »

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A surprising plot and pacing wins big
7 November 2014 | by lalectureSee all my reviews

I thought Id give this a try and was thoroughly impressed. I was immediately sucked in to the story. I won't spoil it for anyone, but if you like an intriguing and dynamic drama with complex characters and a storyline that keeps you on your toes, then give The Affair a try. The writing is clever and the direction makes what could be an average drama about a love affair into a real page turner. Thank god it's on Showtime because the Networks would tank this show if they had the chance. Well do Showtime for picking this up. Ruth Wilson is incredible in her role. Check her out in Luther as well. She is so well cast in her role as Allison, as is Dominic West who knocked it of the park in The Wire. I love that Showtime has chosen a couple of Brits for this American drama. Right now, this is the show I look forward to most each week, just as I did for Game of Thrones when is was on and that's saying something!

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12 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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