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Six wives, four seasons – The Tudors pick up the pace
July 22, 2008, 7:23 pm
Filed under: The Show

The Tudors will not last as long as Henry VIII had wives – six seasons, or one season for each wife – but it will come close.

The Tudors will likely last four seasons, Robert Greenblatt, entertainment president of the U.S. pay-TV channel Showtime said over the weekend.

The Tudors’ second season concluded on Showtime last month, and will air on CBC-TV in the fall. Last week, the sprawling historical saga that stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the 16th century King of England earned a pair of Emmy nominations, for its casting and costumes. CBC is one of The Tudors international co-producers.

Henry VIII had six wives. They were, in order, Catherine of Aragon (annulled), Anne Boleyn (executed), Jane Seymour (died after giving birth to Henry’s son), Anne of Cleves (annulled), Katherine Howard (executed), and Catherine Parr (outlived Henry).

“As we know, the wives are limited,” Greenblatt said. “The first two seasons we did featured a wife per season, but the story will accelerate a little bit after that. The third season will be the next two, Anne of Cleves and Jane Seymour.”

That would be Jane Seymour, the historical figure, and not Jane Seymour the actress.

“I love meeting people who think Jane Seymour, the actress, is in the show,” Greenblatt said. “They know nothing about history.”

The final season, Greenblatt said, “will be the final two wives.”

Greenblatt also confirmed that Showtime will spin off the made-in-Vancouver ensemble drama The L Word into a new series, but he was mum about details.

“We’re still thinking it through,” Greenblatt said. “I’m sure I have a million e-mails already from loyal fans of the show about it, but we’re still in the process of figuring all that out. As soon as we have it nailed down, people will know. We just haven’t yet.”

The actress who will star in the spinoff doesn’t know who she is yet, Greenblatt added.

The L Word’s cast ensemble includes Cybill Shepherd, Jennifer Beals, Marlee Matlin, Pam Grier, and Toronto-born Mia Kershner.

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Casting about for extras
July 22, 2008, 7:19 pm
Filed under: The Show

Aspiring movie extras are set to audition this weekend for their chance to stand in the shadows on the set of the latest blockbuster or curtsy to Irish stars like Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Online casting agency movieextras.ie will welcome all comers this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for their open casting in the Westbury Hotel in Dublin.

The agency, who say they provide extras for TV shows like ‘The Tudors’, ‘My Boy Jack’ and movies such as ‘Veronica Guerin‘, launched their annual casting weekend yesterday on St Stephen’s Green, Dublin.

Successful applicants will have their mugshots stored on a database which will be scouted by casting directors in Ireland.



Tudors star Jonathan Rhys Myers hits back at inaccuracy jibes
July 22, 2008, 7:10 pm
Filed under: The Show

The lavish period soap, set during the reign of Henry VIII, has been criticised for twisting the facts and changing the ages, names and even sexuality of its characters to suit its dramatic purpose.

But in an interview with the Radio Times, Rhys Meyers calls on viewers and critics to take it less seriously.

“We’re not making a documentary for universities,” said the Irish actor who plays the lead role.

“Having actors with an appealing look is what an audience demands today – especially when there’s quite a bit of sexual activity involved.”

Set in the turbulent 1530s, the new series deals with tumultuous events surrounding Henry VIII’s attempts to have his marriage annulled so that he can wed Anne Boleyn.

It is likely to cause most uproar because it stars Peter O’Toole as Pope Paul III, opposing the move which eventually led to the creation of the Church Of England.

Historians will be bound to point that Pope Paul III did not take up the position until after the split when Anne Boleyn was already Queen.

The pope who refused to let Henry divorce his first wife and then excommunicated him was Paul’s predecessor, Clement VII.



Divorce Tudor-style
July 22, 2008, 7:04 pm
Filed under: The Show

The lavish historical drama – which takes a fresh look at the life of Henry VIII – returns for a second series. In the opener, divorce Tudor-style is imminent.

As the Catholic Church struggles in vain to control the demands for an annulment by Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, pictured), the King appoints himself head of the Church of England. A cook is blackmailed into poisoning a high-ranking bishop; then boiled alive for his crime.

When Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer, pictured) insists Henry break all contacts with Katherine of Aragon (Maria Doyle-Kennedy), the noble Queen is banished from court.

The Reformation has begun…

The Tudors, showing Friday August 1st on BBC 2 at 9:00pm



The Tudors star Jonathan Rhys Myers hits back at inaccuracy jibes
July 22, 2008, 6:57 pm
Filed under: The Cast

Jonathan Rhys Myers, the star of the BBC’s drama series The Tudors, has hit back at claims that the series is not historically accurate.

 

The lavish period soap, set during the reign of Henry VIII, has been criticised for twisting the facts and changing the ages, names and even sexuality of its characters to suit its dramatic purpose.

But in an interview with the Radio Times, Rhys Meyers calls on viewers and critics to take it less seriously.

“We’re not making a documentary for universities,” said the Irish actor who plays the lead role.

“Having actors with an appealing look is what an audience demands today – especially when there’s quite a bit of sexual activity involved.”

Set in the turbulent 1530s, the new series deals with tumultuous events surrounding Henry VIII’s attempts to have his marriage annulled so that he can wed Anne Boleyn.

It is likely to cause most uproar because it stars Peter O’Toole as Pope Paul III, opposing the move which eventually led to the creation of the Church Of England.

Historians will be bound to point that Pope Paul III did not take up the position until after the split when Anne Boleyn was already Queen.

The pope who refused to let Henry divorce his first wife and then excommunicated him was Paul’s predecessor, Clement VII.



How Long Will The Tudors Last?
July 19, 2008, 5:27 pm
Filed under: The Show

July 18, 2008 – This afternoon at the Television Critics Association press tour, Showtime’s President of Entertainment Robert Greenblatt was asked how long The Tudors might last for. Said Greenblatt, “I think there’s another two years in it.”

Henry VIII had six wives and the first two seasons used those marriages as season-long story arcs, with each season focused on one wife each – Catherine of Aragon in Season 1 and Anne Boleyn in Season 2. However, Greenblatt noted that the one wife per season rule will change and that, “The next season is Anne of Cleves and Jane Seymour,” and that it’s likely Season 4, “will be the final two wives,” with the series probably coming to an end there.



Chance for a newborn to be a star of The Tudors’
July 9, 2008, 6:25 pm
Filed under: The Cast
New babies who arrive in July are being sought to become very young stars of the small screen as producers of The Tudors, filmed in Bray’s Ardmore Studios, look for newborns to star as the heir to King Henry VIII, played by Cork actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers.As history tells the tale, King Henry bore four children, but only recognised his male heir, Edward VI, who was conceived by Jane Seymour and Henry VIII As history tells the tale, King Henry bore four children, but only recognised his male heir, Edward VI, who was conceived by his third wife, Jane Seymour.

The hit show, which is broadcast around the world, is filmed in Ardmore Studios in Bray.

The lucky baby who gets the part as the young Edward VI will be starring in one of the most popular shows ever filmed in Ireland, and will be amongst a strong Irish cast.

Legendary Irish actor Peter O’Toole played the Pope in the last series, and singer turned actress Maria Doyle Kennedy played Henry’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

The show celebrated huge success in the past year, Bray woman Dee Corcoran having won an Emmy for costume design.

The programme also won seven of the eight IFTAs for which it was nominated, two Golden Globes and a second Emmy for its title music.