Showtime has released the first The Affair trailer for its upcoming drama series, and it is not at all what I expected. Starring Dominic West (The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (Luther) and told separately from the male and female perspectives, the series is described as the exploration of two marriages and the emotional and psychological effects of the affair that disrupts them. However, this first teaser trailer has a much darker tone to it and actually feels a bit reminiscent of HBO’s phenomenal True Detective. There appears to be a framing device, an investigation of some sort, and a deeply traumatic event at play. It’s really compelling stuff, especially in the way they set up the West and Wilson’s characters, and this trailer has me 100% committed to checking out the pilot.
Hit the jump to check out The Affair trailer and poster. Executive produced by Sarah Treem (House of Cards) and Hagai Levi (In Treatment), the show also stars Joshua Jackson and Maura Tierney. The Affair premieres on Showtime on October 12th at 10pm ET/PT.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Affair:
THE AFFAIR 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 (The Wire).