or


[01/19/06 - 12:00 AM]
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers to Star as Young Henry Viii in New Showtime Drama Series, the Tudors

[via press release from Showtime]

JONATHAN RHYS-MEYERS TO STAR AS YOUNG HENRY VIII IN NEW SHOWTIME DRAMA SERIES, THE TUDORS

'Desperate Housewives' Director Charles McDougall to Direct First Two Episodes

LOS ANGELES (January 19, 2006) � Hot on the heels of his Golden Globe�- winning, tour-de-force performance in the mini-series ELVIS, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers has signed on to play a different King -- Henry VIII -- in SHOWTIME's new drama series THE TUDORS, it was announced today by Robert Greenblatt, President of Entertainment for SHOWTIME. Ten episodes have been ordered and Emmy�-winning television director Charles McDougall (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) will helm at least the first two episodes of the series, which will most likely air on the network in early 2007 after filming is completed in Ireland.

Currently wrapping MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3 with Tom Cruise, Rhys-Meyers earned critical acclaim -- and an Emmy� nomination -- last fall for channeling 'The King' in CBS' four-hour mini-series ELVIS. He also just starred opposite Scarlett Johansson in Woody Allen's new romantic thriller MATCH POINT. The Irish actor gained prominence with American film audiences with his performance as coach of the girl's soccer team in the 2002 breakout hit BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM, and as a David Bowie-inspired glam rock star in 1998's VELVET GOLDMINE. He's appeared in a wide range of feature films (from VANITY FAIR to ALEXANDER), as well as the highly praised remake of SHOWTIME's THE LION IN WINTER, with Glenn Close and Patrick Stewart, playing Phillip, the King of France.

"Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is one of the hottest young movie stars working today and his incredible range as an actor playing everything from historical figures to Elvis Presley makes him an immensely thrilling choice to play this new younger incarnation of the most infamous King ever to rule Great Britain," said Greenblatt. "As a producer of ELVIS, I had the chance to get to know Jonathan and see him craft a performance of a character that many doubted could be honestly or sensitively portrayed. He is one of the most talented rising film stars working today and his desire to do this series in the midst of his movie career catching fire is indicative of that great U.K. tradition where actors sign on to projects that they fall in love with. In addition, English filmmaker Charles McDougall's incredible work on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and the original, British QUEER AS FOLK are evidence that this will be a newly imagined Henry the VIII with a seductive, modern sensibility."

Bypassing the typical costume drama for a more scandalous take on the times, THE TUDORS will focus on the rarely dramatized, tumultuous early years of King Henry VIII's nearly 40-year, omnipotent reign (1509-1547) of England. In addition to dalliances with famous female consorts Catherine of Aragon and the infamous Anne Boleyn, the series delves into Henry's most notable political relationships, including those with philosopher Sir Thomas More and Thomas Cardinal Wolsey, head of the Catholic Church of England during its break with Rome.

Michael Hirst (ELIZABETH), series creator, writer, and executive producer, has written the first five hours of THE TUDORS, and most likely will pen much of the rest. Ben Silverman of Reveille and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title will also executive produce. The series will be produced by TM Productions and co-financed by SHOWTIME and Peace Arch Entertainment Group, Inc., which will distribute the series outside of the United States.





  [january 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
· ELVIS (CBS)
· LION IN WINTER (SHOWTIME)
· QUEER AS FOLK (SHOWTIME)
· TUDORS, THE (SHOWTIME)





[01/16/19 - 10:44 AM]
Video: "Better Things" - Season 3: Official Trailer - FX
As previously announced, the series returns Thursday, February 28 at 10:00/9:00c.

[01/16/19 - 10:33 AM]
The Devastating Truth Behind America's Most Vicious Serial Murderer Is Exposed in New Investigation Discovery Special "BTK: A Killer Among Us"
The two-hour special premieres Sunday, February 17 at 10:00/9:00c on the cable channel.

[01/16/19 - 10:02 AM]
Steve Carell, Greg Daniels and Howard Klein Reunite for Netflix Original Comedy Series "Space Force"
The workplace comedy is centered around the people tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services... Space Force.

[01/16/19 - 10:01 AM]
Video: WGN America Unveils February 27 Premiere Date and First Trailer for Crime Drama "Gone"
Chris Noth, Leven Rambin and Danny Pino star in the 12-part limited series.

[01/16/19 - 09:25 AM]
AT&T Audience Network Announces Upcoming Original Programming Dates
Look for "Undeniable with Dan Patrick" on January 30 and "You Me Her" on April 9.

[01/16/19 - 09:00 AM]
"Deadly Class" Viewed by 2.7MM Ahead of Tonight's Series Premiere on Syfy
On December 20, the cast and creators took to social media to share the new 10-part series' premiere episode which was available commercial-free via Syfy On Demand, online at Syfy.com, and the Syfy and USA apps.

[01/16/19 - 08:53 AM]
HGTV Orders 70 New Episodes of Its Popular Fantasy Lifestyle Series
"Caribbean Life," "Island Life" and "Mexico Life" will join the previously announced pick-up of "Mediterranean Life."

[01/16/19 - 08:11 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Demos with "This Is Us" Return
The Peacock leads the night among adults 18-49 while CBS is the most-watched network.

[01/16/19 - 08:03 AM]
Video: "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" Final Episodes - Official Trailer - Netflix
Look for the show's swan song on Friday, January 25.

[01/16/19 - 07:06 AM]
MTV's "The Challenge: War of the Worlds" Returns on Wednesday, February 6th
34 competitors from around the globe will battle their way through the most grueling, physical and mental challenges for their share of the $1 million prize.

[01/16/19 - 06:30 AM]
CBS Announces "Grammy(R) Red Carpet Live," A Live Entertainment Special Hosted by Nancy O'Dell, Kevin Frazier, Keltie Knight and Eve, to Be Broadcast Feb. 10
The team will have the red carpet covered to discuss the hottest fashion trends and get the inside scoop.

[01/16/19 - 05:01 AM]
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Kicks Off 2019 with Must Solve Sundays
"Ruby Herring Mysteries: Silent Witness" kicks things off this Sunday, January 20 on the cable channel.

[01/15/19 - 01:40 PM]
Bravo Media Goes South of the Border When New Series "Mexican Dynasties" Premieres Tuesday, February 26 at 10PM ET/PT
Three family dynasties whose fortunes stem from the entertainment, beverage and luxury car industries, respectively, offer a glimpse into the multilayered, complex culture found in Mexico.

[01/15/19 - 12:30 PM]
"Grace and Frankie" Renewed for Season 6
Season 5 launches globally on Netflix this Friday, January 18.

[01/15/19 - 10:30 AM]
CBS Announces Mid-Season Drama Premieres
The Eye announces launch dates for "The Red Line" and "The Code" as well as the return of "Ransom."