You Be the Critic: Showtime (and TMN in Canada) are Streaming THE AFFAIR One Week Early!


Press Release: SHOWTIME is giving viewers an early opportunity to sample the highly-anticipated new series THE AFFAIR across multiple platforms before the series premieres this Sunday, October 12th at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The provocative new drama stars Golden Globe® nominees Dominic West (The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (Luther), as well as Emmy® nominee Maura Tierney (ER) and SAG Award® nominee Joshua Jackson (Fringe). Starting today, viewers can sample the TV-14 rated version of THE AFFAIR pilot for free on YouTube (,, via a number of television providers’ free On Demand channels and websites, and on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®. The premiere episode will also be available via SHOWTIME ANYTIME® on any computer, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Kindle Fire™, Fire Phone, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox 360® and Apple TV streaming players anywhere in the U.S., on the SHOWTIME Preview app on Smart TVs from Samsung, LG and Panasonic, as well as for download as a free video podcast on iTunes.

THE AFFAIR explores the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital affair. The provocative drama will be told separately from the male and female perspectives – using the distinct memory biases to both misdirect and intrigue. Ruth Wilson plays Alison, a young woman waiting tables at a popular Hamptons diner, trying to piece her life back together in the wake of a tragedy. Her husband Cole (Joshua Jackson), struggles to keep it all together, both with his wife and the financially-strained ranch that has been in his family for generations. Their emotionally-charged marriage becomes even more complicated when Alison begins an affair with Noah (Dominic West), a New York City public school teacher and aspiring novelist who is spending the summer at his in-laws’ estate out on the island. Maura Tierney plays Helen, Noah’s college sweetheart, best friend, mother of his children, lover and wife of 17 years. Award-winning playwright and writer/producer Sarah Treem (House of Cards, In Treatment) wrote the original script from a story created with Hagai Levi. They first worked together on the American adaption of Levi’s show In Treatment. Treem and Levi will both serve as executive producers, along with executive producer and director Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights) and executive producer Eric Overmyer.

Update: Canadians can stream THE AFFAIR courtesy of The Movie Network by click here.

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