Thursday, September 06, 2007

Okay, Okay, I Love You Already!

HBO's new one hour drama series Tell Me You Love Me debuts this's the story of three couples trying to stay afloat — and one woman's efforts to show them how to do it. Here's a nice preview of the show from AP's Frazier Moore:

Early reports about the series have dwelled on its graphic sex scenes. But the sex only underlines what "Tell Me" is really about. For most of each hour, the characters engage in an even more intense brand of explicitness: Their beyond-the-flesh struggle to preserve, or recover, some measure of intimacy with the partner each of them is committed to. Which is to say there's lots of talk going on, set against the relatably ordinary lives these people lead.

He touts it as HBO's most important show since The Sopranos. Hmmm, could it be so? Or do we have another variation of Californication. Ugh.

Anybody got some buzz on this, and whether it'll be available in Canada (by over the air legal methods I mean)?


DMc said...

Movie Central: Sunday, September 9 at 10 p.m. PT Available in HD

The Movie Network: Sunday, September 9 at 9 p.m. ET Available in HD

Both also avail on demand, after their preems.

The_Lex said...

From reviews I've read in a local paper, opinions range from really boring (sex is too realistic, with foibles and awkwardness, compared to racy and exciting) to interesting because of the frank exploration of the emotional aspects of sex and relationships. Either which way, though, the paper makes it sound like a far cry from Californication other than it having sex in it.

Diane Kristine Wild said...

Maureen Ryan compared it favourably to Californication. It was sort of her example of "see, I'm not a prude, Californication is just bad."

wcdixon said...

Thanks guys...and yes, Denis, there it be on Movie Central. But I don't believe I've seen one ad for it yet.

ME said...

TMN hyped it some on-air. I watched it and actually liked it. It seemed incredibly real, almost like you were voyeuristically watching the most intimate moments in people's lives. It is totally the opposite of Californication, which to me felt completely fake and made for tv. There is actually some resonance in the issues each couple is going through at the different stages of life they are in. Also very refreshing to see the sex therapist that links the three couples ... she is older, and doctorly in her way. And a total sex goddess ... the little glimpses that you get of her personal life at her advanced years show you what a relationship should be after many years and which none of the three couples she's counseling have even as relative youngsters. I think it is a show a lot of people will be able to relate to. There is a lot of sex (and masturbation), but it isn't gratuitous, or at least it didn't feel that way to me. It also really feels like a show written and created by women. I'll tune in for the next episode for sure.