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US DVD release of Season 2 December 30th
September 28, 2008, 2:52 pm
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The US release of Season 2 of The Tudors is to be on December 30th ’08.

The complete boxed set is available to Pre Order from Amazon.com priced at $25.99

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Showtime Orders A Third Season Of The Tudors
April 22, 2008, 10:14 pm
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
As episode six of THE TUDORS’ second season debuts this coming Sunday on SHOWTIME, the network is ramping up for a third season of palace intrigue and royal drama, premiering in 2009. Production is slated to begin on June 16th in Dublin, Ireland with series star Jonathan Rhys Meyers set to return.

THE TUDORS took SHOWTIME subscribers and the media by storm when it premiered in April 2006, generating record viewership and critical acclaim. Last year, both the series and Rhys Meyers earned Golden Globe® nominations. And, season one of THE TUDORS is currently one of CBS Home Entertainment’s top-selling titles.  

“THE TUDORS is now a fixture for us at SHOWTIME and we’re on our way to completing the entire saga of all six wives of Henry VIII,” says SHOWTIME President of Entertainment Robert Greenblatt. “We are enormously proud of this show, the extraordinary cast, and the production team that recreates the grandeur of the Renaissance year in and year out. There is nothing like this anywhere on American television.”

Viewers and critics alike have been enthralled watching the storied exploits of the sexy, hard-bodied King Henry VIII (Rhys Meyers) as he weds Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) while working to declare his marriage invalid to Queen Katherine (Maria Doyle Kennedy). This prompts Pope Paul III (Peter O’Toole) to have him excommunicated — a fall-out that changed the course of history. Anne’s failure to deliver a male heir sets the wheels in motion for her beheading, and sends Henry straight into the arms of yet another prospect – Jane Seymour (Anita Briem), who dies from an infection after finally giving him his coveted male heir.



Showtime increases ‘Tudors’ reach
March 31, 2008, 1:55 pm
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NEW YORK, March 28 (UPI) — Showtime has set up a multi-platform campaign to promote the second season of its acclaimed series “The Tudors,” the U.S. cable television network said.

The first episode of the second season of the sexy historical drama starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Natalie Dormer and Peter O’Toole will air on Showtime Sunday.

It will also be available through the CBS Audience Network and on such Web sites as Yahoo, Amazon Unbox, NetFlix, MSN, TV.com, TVGuide.com, YouTube, Veoh, Gather.com, blogs and on iTunes via podcast, Showtime said.

The episode will be available via mobile phones to subscribers of Verizon Wireless on the V CAST platform, as well, and Showtime subscribers can also watch it on their affiliate Web sites such as Comcast.net, DirecTV.com and Charter.net.

“The strategy to release a full episode on digital platforms has proven to be a very effective tool for Showtime, not only increasing consumers’ exposure to premium television programs, but also to help drive subscription to the network,” Robert Hayes, senior vice president of the Showtime Digital Group, said in a statement. “This is our most ambitious multi-platform push yet to subscribers and non-subscribers and we expect to have a combined reach of over 190 million users.”



DIANA’S LOVE TRIANGLE LINE REVAMPED FOR THE TUDORS
March 29, 2008, 9:36 pm
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tztv_diana_afp_gi.jpgnormal_207_4.jpg One of PRINCESS DIANA’s most famous lines is to feature in the upcoming second season of TV hit THE TUDORS after producer MICHAEL HIRST insisted on putting it in the mouth of HENRY VIII’s mistress-turned-second wife ANNE BOLEYN. Hirst was so excited when he realised Henry’s love triangle with Boleyn and his first wife Catherine of Aragon mirrored that of Prince Charles, Diana and Camilla Parker-Bowles, he insisted on making subtle links. And when Boleyn scolds Henry, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, raging, “You can’t have three people in a marriage,” Hirst admits the words are lifted straight from Diana. He tells the Los Angeles Times newspaper, “I was very naughty. I had Anne Boleyn say it because it was an extraordinarily similar situation. “I like the fact that I can put in these contemporary references, just to point out that things don’t change that much.” The second season of the hit period drama debuts on Sunday (30Mar08) in America.



Second Season Bow Marks First Time Net Has Aired Entire Episode On Popular Site
March 27, 2008, 3:21 am
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Showtime is using new media to showcase its historical re-telling of the Henry VIII tale. The pay TV channel will stream the premiere second season episode of its drama The Tudors tomorrow March 27 on YouTube, three days prior to the show’s March 30 debut on Showtime.
the king and queenShowtime will air an edited, TV-MA version of the series on YouTube, marking the first time a cable network has aired a original series episode in its entirety on the popular social networking site.

YouTube joins some 60 other online partners including Yahoo and MSN, as well as cable operators Comcast and Charter in offering a preview of the episode in advance of  Showtime’s linear premiere, Sunday at 10 p.m.. according to network executives.



Liz Smith: Catching up with Jonathan Rhys Meyers as he starts new season of ‘Tudors’
March 27, 2008, 3:13 am
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It’s good to be Jonathan Rhys Meyers. This young actor – only 30, though acting since his teens – has hit his stride. He plays a new kind of Henry VIII in Showtime’s opulent and sexy The Tudors.

I met with Jonathan down in Manhattan’s Soho, at the trendy 60 Thompson Street hotel. It was a chilly, rainy day, but Jonathan appeared wearing a tight, white T-shirt, cut to a deep clavicle-baring vee, a snug sweater over it – one button fastened to emphasize his small waist – and well-fitted jeans. He looked, head to toe, like a page from men’s Vogue. He is impossibly handsome. His features are startlingly lush, the eyes, the famous mouth. Even if Jonathan weren’t a famous actor, he’d stop any room he entered.

The star is kinetic, and at first, almost disconcertingly intense. He laughs, “Oh, I know it. People always say to me, you’re so jittery, you can’t sit still, you’re nervous. But I’m not nervous. I’m just a very excitable guy. I’m enthusiastic. I can’t help myself.”

He says that when he made Mission Impossible III with Tom Cruise, he found somebody else with a similar powerful energy. “I had a great time on that, and when Tom and I were together it was like, whoosh, all the air in the room evaporated. “I remind Jonathan that we’d met briefly once before, at the premiere of his Woody Allen thriller, Match Point. I hadn’t been able to talk at length with him that night. But, when I passed him at the party, I said, “Great film, great performance, but what a sociopath your character is.” Jonathan stepped back and barked, “He’s not a sociopath; he’s just a guy in a bad spot.”

So now I ask, was Henry VIII a sociopath or “just a guy in a bad spot?” Jonathan says: “Neither. He’s a megalomaniac, somebody with absolute power who has been corrupted by it, absolutely.

“He was a great king in many ways, and did great things. But he also did terrible things. Not just to his women, but to his people. In the matter of divorcing Catherine of Aragon and marrying Anne Boleyn, challenging the church, he gave his people no choice. Choose the pope or the king, be excommunicated by the pope or excommunicated by the king. And God help you if you choose the pope!”

“I’m trying to show how he became what he became, why he was so paranoid, why he was so ashamed. He was paranoid because everybody wanted to be king and the knives were everywhere, literally. He was ashamed because in the matter of Catherine and Anne, he knew he’d done wrong. He never doubted the legitimacy of his marriage to Catherine. He wanted Anne, period.”

The second season of The Tudors debuts on Showtime Sunday. And the network is already planning a third season, minus the unfortunate ladies, Anne and Catherine, who meet their respective ends this year. Jonathan says, “I hope Season 3 focuses on the rebellion in Scotland, where you see Henry fight for a change.”

On the big screen, Jonathan will soon be seen in The Children of Huang Shi, in which he plays a reporter covering the infamous Japanese occupation of China in 1937.

But Henry VIII fascinates Jonathan – it is a performance in progress. “I base a lot of what I do with Henry on Sir Thomas More’s remark, “We must never let the lion know his own strength. God help us if we do!”



Season 3 of the Tudors is in the future…
March 27, 2008, 3:06 am
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Micheal Hirst is working on scripts and making plans to begin filming a third season of The Tudors in Ireland in early June, which will cover 1536-40, the death of Henry’s third wife, Jane Seymour, and the Pilgrimage of Grace. Showtime is expected to issue the formal go-ahead next month.