Showtime has announced series orders for a high-profile project, The Affair, starring Dominic West and Ruth Wilson that will get a 10-episode first season.
The Affair is an hour long drama about the psychological and emotional effects of an extramarital affair between Alison (Wilson, of Luther fame), a waitress at a Hamptons diner trying to recover from a tragedy, and Noah (West), a New York public school teacher and would-be novelist spending the summer at his in-laws’ estate. The series will be told separately from each character’s perspective, including their memory biases, and comes from playwright Sarah Treem, a writer and producer on HBO’s In Treatment who wrote the original script from a story co-created with Hagai Levi, the creator of the Israeli series on which In Treatment was based. Joshua Jackson will play Alison’s husband Cole, who’s struggling to keep his family’s ranch from financial ruin, and Maura Tierney is Helen, Noah’s college sweetheart, mother of his children and wife of 17 years. “The Affair is a beautiful pilot. It is an intense exploration of two marriages and the affair that disrupts them — with great acting and a very clever, deeply-observed script by the marvelously talented Sarah Treem,” said Showtime’s head David Nevins.