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The Tudors Season Two Returns Tonight on Showtime

TV Tonight: The Tudors

For those of us disappointed with the recent film adaptation of stories from King Henry VIII's court, tonight's second-season premiere of Showtime's bodice-ripping soap The Tudors offers plenty of satisfying drama and intrigue.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers returns as the young brooding King of England who wastes no time in tonight's first episode getting to the good stuff: greasing the wheels to divorce the queen in order to make room for the very ambitious Anne Boleyn. This season the historical period known as the Reformation is ushered in, as Henry looks to break from the Catholic church and faces resistance from his own court — not to mention Pope Paul III, played by the wonderfully chilling Peter O'Toole.

While the dry and sometimes yawn-inducing dialogue from season one remains, this time around there is less talk and more action, as King Henry tears his country apart in a quest for supreme power and (of course) the right to make Anne his queen. And yes, the series' signature hot and heavy love scenes are back — and wow. If you're already a fan of this show, the second season brings back everything you expect and more. If you're just learning about it now, tonight's episode is as good a place as any to start if you want to give it a try. (In case you don't have Showtime, you can also watch the episode online.)

Are you excited for the return of the steamiest series on cable? For now, you can check out a funny pseudo-remix video of many of the Rhys Meyers-as-king scenes if you just


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idawson idawson 8 years
lovekailua - i am there with you sister! the boy is a hottie.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
So jealous. I wish I could watch this :(
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
I was more thinking the previews were more exciting. But they always had Evenesence in the background and I love them. I also just found it a little unbelieveable sometimes-historically. Anyway, (ha!) IRONICALLY I have been glued to the tv and I must watch it everynight it's on. I can't miss an episode! I love it!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
BTW, I didn't think the dialogue in Season 1 was yawn-inducing. But maybe I'm just a little too obsessed with this series!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I can't wait!! Season 2 is going to be out of control.
lovekailua lovekailua 8 years
for me, two words. Henry Cavill :) I love this show, so entertaining.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
I really am looking forward to Season Two; Peter O'Toole seems like the perfect addition to the cast. To be honest, I didn't think I would become such a fan of the show, but I quickly became addicted.
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