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Posted Jul 26, 2007 @ 6:16 PM

I searched for this show and it's original title "SexLife" and didn't find a thread, so if I missed it close please. =)

Apparently, HBO's latest venture is set to be one of the sexiest shows ever shown on American TV

courtesy of TheDeadwoodStage:
This series will premiere on September 9, 2007. The explicit nature of the sex scenes pushes the envelope when it comes to nudity and intimate camera angles. Cynthia Mort, the creator and an executive producer of the show, promised HBO that one thing viewers would never ever see was extramarital infidelity. “This show is about people who want to stay together. No one will ever have an affair.”


from thefutoncritic:
TELL ME YOU LOVE ME looks at the connection, or disconnection, between sex and intimacy, as seen through the stories of three couples who attend therapy sessions with Dr. May Foster. Dave and Katie, in their 40s, are outwardly happy, but have stopped having sex. Carolyn and Palek, in their 30s, want to have a baby, but the pressure to get pregnant is taking a toll on them. Jamie and Hugo, in their 20s, are engaged, but trying to resolve issues with fidelity.

Cast includes:
· Adam Scott as Palek
· Ally Walker as Katie
· Jane Alexander as May
· Luke Kirby as Hugo
· Michelle Borth as Jamie
· Sonya Walger as Carolyn
· Tim DeKay as David

Apparently, Sherry Stringfield and Jeremy London are also slated to be recurrent guest stars.

The show is slated to air from September 9th until the middle of November for a total of 10 episodes from 9:00PM -10:00PM.

Now with all that being said, if Jane Alexander wasn't involved with this, I'd probably take a pass even though it's HBO. I'd pretty much watch JA read a phone book, so I'll check this out. From tons of articles I've read the sex scenes in this are the most realistic out there, so if you're uncomfortable with watching them, probably not the show for you. It's HBO, so I'm giving it a chance, but that doesn't mean I'll stay tuned.

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Posted Jul 27, 2007 @ 1:12 AM

I've been interested in this series ever since it was created, as I'm a huge Ally Walker fan. Here's a collection of the best TCA panel coverage.

What's Alan Watching? : The (very) naked truth

Honest Look at Marriage? You Mean That Sex Show?

HBO's Tell Me You Love Me: Sex Sex Sex!

From bullets to the bedroom

And finally, there's a preview tape at YouTube.

Ian Somerhalder will also be a recurring character.

I have to say that I really appreciate the "no one will have an extramarital affair" angle. Musical beds is all too common in TV land IMO.

Owing to the explicit nature of the sex scenes, I'd like to point out that no one had real sex on the set. They used prosthetic props to film those scenes. (Info from Internet Movie Database boards.)

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Posted Jul 27, 2007 @ 3:52 AM

Some will be waiting with bated breath, others with dicks in hand.

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Posted Jul 27, 2007 @ 6:55 AM

Why not both?

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Posted Jul 27, 2007 @ 1:06 PM

Maybe because some of us have trouble chewing gum and walking at one and the same time.

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Posted Jul 27, 2007 @ 1:10 PM

But RoxieVelma, Jane Alexander was Eleanor Roosevelt. I don't want to see Eleanor Roosevelt...naked.

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Posted Jul 27, 2007 @ 1:14 PM

LOL, dreamy. Since JA is the therapist, I'm hoping we don't have to see her naked.

Ian Somerhalder will also be a recurring character.

It's like they are forcing me to watch it now with JL and IS as recurring GS's.

Now I think I'm going to have to watch the preview tape to see if I really want to watch it or not. Well if it sucks, I still have 12 Miles of Bad Road to look forward to.

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Posted Jul 27, 2007 @ 1:15 PM

I think I have to watch because it's on HBO and Tim DeKay has a lead role. Ally Walker is a selling point too, but Jonesy? Naked, like every episode? No way I won't at least catch the premiere! I've seen the majority of the cast in guest-starring roles and they're all good at what they do. I'm just iffy on the explicit sex cause I've always been a less is more kind of girl when it comes to this stuff. Or I was just scarred for life from "Monster's Ball."

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Posted Jul 28, 2007 @ 8:13 AM

Naked Luke Kirby on TV? I will so be watching this.

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Posted Jul 28, 2007 @ 8:55 AM

Wow. Two Losties and Jeremy London. Not much arm twisting then.

HBO need a big mainstream hit and aside from Entourage this could possibly be it so here's hoping it's worth viewing.

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Posted Jul 28, 2007 @ 9:45 AM

Since JA is the therapist, I'm hoping we don't have to see her naked.

Some of the articles I've read state that the series will also follow the sex life of the psychiatrist.

I'm just iffy on the explicit sex cause I've always been a less is more kind of girl when it comes to this stuff.

There's always the fast forward button. I expect to make use of it myself. :) Maybe. We'll see.

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Posted Jul 28, 2007 @ 11:28 AM

During the recent TV Press Tour when asked if she was being disingenuous about critical reaction to the sex scenes in her show Mort replied, "I'm rarely disingenuous…The sex always was there in service of intimacy and in service of love. So that people are pulling it out – I understand, but I am somewhat surprised." Critics went on to ask hard hitting things like whether the sex was real. Actress Michelle Borth responded, "We are not porn stars. We're actors." Which is a pretty hilarious statement.

My favorite critic's respose to the bolded comment by Mort, was . . .
"now look in the mirror and say that 3x fast, without laughing." . . . . .forgot who said it.

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Posted Jul 30, 2007 @ 5:12 PM

HBO need a big mainstream hit and aside from Entourage this could possibly be it so here's hoping it's worth viewing.

That is unless some of the viewers are put off by all the sex. Hopefully this won't end up like John from Cincinatti for me, looking like it had potential, then boring me out of my mind before the end of the first episode.

I'm just iffy on the explicit sex cause I've always been a less is more kind of girl when it comes to this stuff

There's always the fast forward button. I expect to make use of it myself. :)

Wow, that might make it a 15 minute episode (j/k)

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Posted Jul 30, 2007 @ 6:32 PM

I'm just iffy on the explicit sex cause I've always been a less is more kind of girl when it comes to this stuff


Me too - and yet, I think this one might work for me, if the characters are compelling. It sounds like this will be similar to the couples sex therapy show by Dr. Laura Berman Sexual Healing. I thought Sexual Healing was terrific, but sometimes I worried that the couples might regret having bared their flesh & emotions so on film. Watching actors, I think I'll be able to get caught up in the story without worrying that anyone's going to feel exploited later on.

Plus, Jonesy? Ally Walker? Yay!

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Posted Aug 1, 2007 @ 4:58 AM

Wow, that might make it a 15 minute episode (j/k)

Heh, let's hope not. I wonder when HBO will put up a website for this show.

For any possible European viewers: the CanalPlus digital movie network has bought rights to many of HBO's projects, including this series. They might begin showing it towards the end of the year.

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Posted Aug 8, 2007 @ 7:15 AM

Has anyone seen the preview(s)? If so, how was it? Any idea of it being online somewhere? Thanks.

And that no extramarital sex dealio I referenced before? Don't know how true it'll be. Early spoilers have indicated that Michelle Borth's Jaime will be looking to have sex with Ian Somerhalder's character, Nick. I guess you could say that since Jaime and Hugo aren't married, the rule doesn't apply to them. Hopefully though, the spoilers will amount to nothing.

Edited by ainoarwen, Aug 8, 2007 @ 7:20 AM.


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Posted Aug 19, 2007 @ 10:01 PM

Check this article out from tvguide.com. I found it ironic that the executive from Showtime singled out this show for going kind've far. 'Course, I haven't seen either yet, but my first thought was pot, meet kettle.

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Posted Aug 19, 2007 @ 10:37 PM

Every time I see the ads for this show I think, "God, this wasn't that great when it was Closer." Pretty yuppies + sex problems = snore.

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Posted Aug 22, 2007 @ 8:23 PM

HBO promises:

A groundbreaking, new drama that offers a provocative exploration of intimacy seen through the eyes of three couples and the therapist who helps them navigate their way.

http://www.hbo.com/e...llme/index.html

Ugh.

The show doesn't debut until September 9, but from the ads HBO's endlessly running, my hate-o-meter's already in the red. Didn't HBO learn anything from the unloved Mind of the Married Man and Lucky Louie? HBO said of those:

THE MIND OF THE MARRIED MAN takes a funny, insightful look at the challenges of modern-day marriage from a decidedly male perspective.


Lucky Louie is a fresh, funny, and very adult comedy that looks at the challenges of marriage and family through the story of a young couple who are just barely getting by.


HBO seems just endlessly fascinated with the "revelation" that some bitter married people kvetch at each other. That can be an element of a successful show, but it's pretty grating as the center-stage conceit. Sure, Tell Me You Love Me could wind up being Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but man oh man, don't the ads almost promise a basically unending The Story of Us?

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Posted Aug 22, 2007 @ 11:20 PM

Every time I see the ads for this show I think, "God, this wasn't that great when it was Closer." Pretty yuppies + sex problems = snore.

But if Clive Owen was in it, I'd really probably watch it.

Oh and I totally agree Fat Elvis, HBO is over-promoting the hell out of this, which will most likely lead to people not caring about it. They didn't promote the last seasons of Big Love or The Wire this much. Promos for this show air practically 95% of the time after a movie/show ends if there is time remaining before the next movie/show starts.

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Posted Aug 23, 2007 @ 7:56 PM

But if Clive Owen was in it, I'd really probably watch it.


Oh snap, that's true. But not even Jane Alexander can make me watch this show. I saw one of those extended previews with the cast talking about how this type of material has never! been! seen! before! Except it has in Neil LeBute's plays, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Closer and Carnal Knowledge, Little Children, etc.

What? Marriages sometimes lead to sexless situations? No kidding. Some men don't want to have children while the wife does? Never heard of that situation ever.

And the thing is, I would be a lot more willing to give this show a go if it didn't have such an air of smugness about the "originality" of it all that flies in the face of how essentially derivative it is.

And if explicit sex is what they are banking on to get people in, they should take a lesson from the relationships on the show: Hot sex may lure them in, but when it cools, there better be something else there to keep your attention.

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Posted Aug 24, 2007 @ 1:32 AM

Some men don't want to have children while the wife does? Never heard of that situation ever.

Carolyn and Palek's problem is that they can't conceive. AFAIK, Palek isn't refusing to have a baby. The problem is probably on Carolyn's side.

Is HBO running different promos for the show, or is it just the same one? There's only one official promo at HBO's site.

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Posted Sep 3, 2007 @ 9:24 AM

Salon.com review of Tell Me You Love Me:

Apparently this show is considered groundbreaking due to some combination of bare testicles and the fact that every single scene ends with an awkward silence, a depressed stare into the middle distance, or a deep sigh.



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Posted Sep 3, 2007 @ 10:32 AM

Fat Elvis, I had seen that review, and ouch, hmm? I hope it's not quite as soulless as it indicates.

Edited by dreamy, Sep 3, 2007 @ 10:32 AM.


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Posted Sep 3, 2007 @ 10:43 AM

A more positive review (after panning Californification):

http://www.newyorker...n?currentPage=1

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Posted Sep 3, 2007 @ 1:36 PM

Here's A Bunch of Reviews, etc ... on TMYLM

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Posted Sep 3, 2007 @ 4:54 PM

The first episode is available on On Demand. I'll give it another episode or two to see if the story lines become more interesting. Wasn't exactly pulled in by the first one. At this point I don't care about any of the couples, but sometimes the time devoted to exposition in the first episode isn't a true indication of the way the series will go on.

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Posted Sep 3, 2007 @ 5:07 PM

Thanks for the 'review,' Anotherday. Having seen the mixed reviews thus far for this show, I am not sure; how many episodes in advance are the reviewers getting? I guess I'm wondering if they need more time to be "pulled in" as well.

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Posted Sep 3, 2007 @ 7:42 PM

Proving my cable company has faith in it, it didn't upload the episode, just the behind the scenes stuff, LOL.

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Posted Sep 3, 2007 @ 7:55 PM

You know something is shitty when they pull out the tired rumor of "Are the actors really having sex." Because I've heard it attached to this show and I remember they said that about Sienna Miller's movie Factory Girl and it's always some sort of PR stunt to cover for the mediocre quality.