The Affair has a different atmosphere, an ambivalent one. It’s a small town in Long Island. In the show, Noah (Dominic West, The Wire) is a New York public school teacher and aspiring novelist who is spending the summer at his in-laws’ estate out on the island. He is married with Helen (Maura Tierney, ER), his wife from 17 years and mother of their two children (one of them played by Julia Goldani Telles, Burnheads). The problem starts when Noah begins an affair with Allison (Ruth Wilson, Luther), a woman waiting tables at a very popular Hamptons diner. She is emotionally destroyed, trying to put her life back together, since the death for yet unknown reason, of her child with Cole (Joshua Jackson, Fringe and Dawson’s Creek), her husband. Cole is a ranch owner who is also struggling with the recent tragedy and with the financially strained ranch that has been in the family for generations. Cole and Allison’s perspective will be very interesting to watch, since they really suffered a tragedy and Cole seems overloaded with too many problems to deal with an affair. On the other side, Helen has a temper issue and gets stressed very easily. She’s bipolar and will explode strongly in some s cenes.
The show focuses on the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital affair. The drama will be told separately from the male and female perspectives using the distinct memory biases to both misdirect and intrigue.
On the pilot episode, both Noah and Allison will be at a police station by the end of the episode being interrogated for some sort of crime. It is yet unknown the reason for them to be there, but that’s probably gonna be a flashforward to be revealed only by the end of the first season.
The show will be deep and very emotional. The Affair will focuse on the details and mainly on the reactions of the two couple while dealing with the discovery of the affair. The affair itself will be less explored than their feelings in general.
Award-winning playwright and writer-producer Sarah Treem (House of Cards) wrote the original script from a story co-created with Hagai Levi, whom she worked with on In Treatment. Treem and Levi will exec produce alongside Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights). Mark Mylod (Entourage, Shameless) directed the pilot.