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Showtime's $38M Gamble on 'The Tudors'
SF Gate ^ | 03/29/2007 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK

Posted on 03/29/2007 5:54:19 PM PDT by JohnSheppard

DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) Henry VIII is coming back to the throne. And this time, he's bloody gorgeous.

Showtime's epic 10-part miniseries "The Tudors" holds court starting 10 p.m. EDT Sunday, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers cast as the unlikely lead.

And much like Henry VIII, the show's producers can't disguise their ambitions — to produce a show that finally gets Showtime an HBO-style hit, popular both with the Emmy nobility and peasants alike. They've invested an unprecedented $38 million and have spent millions more promoting it.

"We are hoping to be back here filming for another two, three, maybe four years, because the material we have to work with is so rich and there's so much story to tell. But we must command an audience, so we have tried to make the story as modern and fabulously good-looking as we can," said executive producer Morgan O'Sullivan at the end of the 22-week shoot in Ireland.

"Sexy is the word," O'Sullivan added with a smile. "But it's all done to advance the story. It's not gratuitous."

Hmmm. Within the first half-hour, Henry manages — between winning a joust and pursuing war with France — to father his first bastard son and have his way with another of his wife's busty handmaidens.

Rhys Meyers defends the copious flesh and bumping 'n' grinding in "The Tudors" as on the mark.

"These people had an awful lot of sex, more sex than we have today," said Rhys Meyers, puffing on a Marlboro in his trailer as a downpour pummeled its tin roof.

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KEYWORDS: showtime; thetudors

1 posted on 03/29/2007 5:54:20 PM PDT by JohnSheppard
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I have watched the first two episodes on 101. They were interesting, but very far from the superb BBC production The Six Wives of Henry the VIII done in the 1970's. I will probably watch other episodes as they are rather stunning and very different from stodgy history books.
2 posted on 03/29/2007 7:03:16 PM PDT by CremeSaver
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To: JohnSheppard

I have the Tivo set already. Certainly can't watch it when it comes on because it is going up against Entourage. And nothing comes between me and Entourage.


3 posted on 03/29/2007 7:33:30 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (Like I always say, there's no "I" in team. There's a "me" though, if you jumble it up.)
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To: JohnSheppard

I remember the other Henry VIIIs -- the BBC series, ANNE OF THE THOUSAND DAYS, MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, HENRY VIII with Charles Laughton. They were all more virile.

In my wildest fantasy I can't imagine that Rhys guy as Henry VIII.


4 posted on 03/29/2007 7:36:49 PM PDT by MoochPooch (I'm a compassionate cynic.)
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To: MoochPooch

In his youth Henry was quite the athlete. Won all the competitions. Of course it may have had something to do with the nobles realizing it wasn't really polite to beat the king.

BTW, if he wasn't really the father of his country, it wasn't for lack of trying.


5 posted on 03/29/2007 8:04:55 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (I didn't claw my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian.)
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To: JohnSheppard
Opening Credits
6 posted on 03/29/2007 8:50:28 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs (Wake me up when everyone is ready to self-identify as "earthling.")
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To: Sherman Logan

The problem with Rhys is that he looks so effeminate. To me, anyway. Not my perception of Henry.


7 posted on 03/29/2007 9:02:45 PM PDT by MoochPooch (I'm a compassionate cynic.)
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