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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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I certainly hope that Jonathan Rhys Meyers will continue to star as Kenry VIII in all upcoming shows. I cannot imagine anyone taking his place, so PLEASE reassure me that JRM will continue as King Henry VIII (even though he’s much better looking than Henry could ever hope to be)

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