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TV Preview: "The Tudors"

TV Preview: "The Tudors"

Showtime may be giving HBO a run for its money when it comes to cutting-edge programming. The premium cable channel has already proven itself with "The L Word" and "Weeds," and as HBO wonders what comes after "The Sopranos," Showtime is getting critical acclaim for its groundbreaking radio-to-TV series "This American Life."

Its next big buzz-maker could be "The Tudors," which premieres Sunday, April 1, at 10 P.M. EDT. If you can't wait, or if you don't have Showtime, you can watch episodes one and two online now. For more on the show and to see a trailer,

Tackling one of the most sordid and fascinating historical sagas in, well, history, "The Tudors" stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as a young King Henry VIII, right around the time of that whole schism with the Catholic Church thing. I'm not sure how I feel about Meyers, but from what I can tell so far, he plays Henry with an appropriate mix of gravitas and lust.

The show also features a great supporting cast, with the always satisfying Jeremy Northam and some talents who haven't surfaced much lately, including Gabrielle Anwar as Princess Margaret and Sam Neill, who plays Cardinal Wolsey.

Though I'm normally a sucker for historical entertainment, I just watched the first episode, and it seems a little flat, with the dialog alternating between listless and totally over the top. However, it's also chock full of ego and sex, and the real-life story certainly isn't lacking drama, so I can see myself getting into it. Watch the trailer below and tell me what you think.

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all4u all4u 8 years
This is one of the best thing people made, I recommend it to everyone!
lorioz lorioz 10 years
I really want to see this! It looks so good, I love almost anything about this time period and the Tudors!
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 10 years
Just wait until Season One comes out on DVD and Netflix it ;o) That's what I do for the shows that are on premium cable.
miss-britt miss-britt 10 years
I saw the trailer when i went to see some movie. And i really want to see this series but of course my school sucks and we don't have showtime. ****"Everything in life is only for now."-Avenue Q****
snickerdoodle snickerdoodle 10 years
Thanks for linking to the preview and the episodes! It's ridiculous, almost every girl I know is planning to watch this show. Everyone's maneuvering their way into making friends with someone with cable. :)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
It may be time to subscribe to Showtime--after The Sopranos ends, that is. The Tudors looks promising; love the lead in to the clip. Thanks for the heads up about this show, Buzz.
brazilnut brazilnut 10 years
Don't forget about Dexter!! The number one rated show on Showtime last year!! I'm really looking forward to this series, I'm in series rut right now!
alexgirl alexgirl 10 years
I so want to see this! Why-oh-why don't I have cable?! It's a tragedy. JRM is the hottest. And the show looks mega interesting.
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