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Affair, The (Showtime 2014, Ruth Wilson, Dominic West)

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Told from distinctly different perspectives, The Affair explores the emotional and psychological effects of an affair that destroys two marriages, and the crime that binds these individuals together.

The Affair features Ruth Wilson in her Golden Globe-winning role as Alison, a young woman attempting to move on from tragedy and build a lasting relationship while contending with the judgment of others and her own self-doubt. Her lover Noah (Golden Globe nominee Dominic West) is a burgeoning writer trying to balance the temptations of success, the family he left behind, and the woman he loves.

Noah’s former wife Helen (Emmy Award nominee Maura Tierney) is attempting to piece her life together while navigating divorce proceedings, care for her children, and her parents’ noxious influence. Screen Actors Guild(R) nominee Joshua Jackson plays Cole, Alison’s former husband struggling to overcome past heartbreak and start a promising new life.

At the conclusion of season two, the mystery of who killed Scotty Lockhart was finally solved when it was revealed (SPOILER ALERT) that Helen (Maura Tierney) was at the wheel of the hit-and-run that killed him on the night of Cole’s (Joshua Jackson) wedding. To save Helen, his ex-wife and the mother of his children, Noah (Dominic West) confesses to the crime.

Meanwhile, his new wife Alison (Ruth Wilson) is left to raise her daughter, whose father turns out to be Cole, Alison’s ex-husband.

Season four finds Noah (West), Helen (Tierney), Alison (Wilson) and Cole (Jackson) in their own orbits, alienated from each other, spinning further and further away from where they all began. Every character is involved in a new relationship, forcing them each to decide if they’re ready and willing to leave the past behind for good – a season about new beginnings, tragic ends and the ever-elusive possibility of forgiveness.

Sanaa Lathan joins season four as Jenelle, the tough-as-nails principal of the charter school where Noah teaches. Ramon Rodriguez stars as Ben, a Marine veteran now employed by the VHA and Alison’s new love interest. Additional season four guest stars include Russell Hornsby, Christopher Meyer, Amy Irving and Phoebe Tonkin.

production details
USA | Showtime | x50 minutes | 2014

Hagai Levi as Creator/Executive Producer
Sarah Treem as Creator/Executive Producer
Mark Mylod as Executive Producer/Director of Pilot

cast
Dominic West as Noah Solloway
Ruth Wilson as Alison Bailey
Maura Tierney as Helen Solloway
Joshua Jackson as Cole Lockhart
Sean Kleier as Bryce
Julia Goldani Telles as Whitney Solloway
Jake Siciliano as Martin Solloway
Jadon Sand as Trevor Solloway
Leya Catlett as Stacey Solloway
Brendan Fraser as John Gunther
Deirdre O’Connell as Athena Bailey
John Doman as Bruce Butler
Michael Godere as Caleb Lockhart

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