Tell Me You Love Me (TV series)

Tell Me You Love Me is an American cable television drama series that premiered on HBO and The Movie Network on September 9, 2007.

The series was created by Cynthia Mort and originally conceived as Sexlife. The pilot episode was produced and directed by Patricia Rozema and shot in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The series was picked up by HBO for a second season in October 2007, but was ultimately canceled in July 2008 when Mort said she and the network "were unable to find the direction of the show for the second season".[1]

Tell Me You Love Me
Created byCynthia Mort
StarringJane Alexander
Michelle Borth
Tim DeKay
Luke Kirby
Adam Scott
David Selby
Katharine Towne
Sonya Walger
Ally Walker
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Running time60 minutes
Release
Original networkHBO
Original releaseSeptember 9 –
November 11, 2007
External links
Website

Overview

Tell Me You Love Me revolves around three couples, Jamie and Hugo (Borth and Kirby), Katie and David (Walker and DeKay), and Carolyn and Palek (Walger and Scott), each with their own problems concerning intimacy in their relationships. They seek the help of therapist May Foster (Alexander), who herself has relationship problems with her partner Arthur (Selby).

Cast

Regular cast

Recurring guest stars

Structure

Each episode screens without any introduction, no title cards, and no opening credits. The episodes are also shot with handheld cameras, giving the show a somewhat documentary-like feel. No episode has a music score or soundtrack, except for one song which generally starts in the last two to three scenes and carries over the closing credits. The title card for the show is not shown until immediately before the closing credits.

Depiction of sex

The series gained early publicity because of its extremely realistic depictions of sexual intercourse, oral sex and masturbation.[2][3][4][5] Despite persistent rumors to the contrary, and a notable lack of comment on the matter from either HBO or the production team, the sex scenes were simulated. Director Patricia Rozema was among those to have addressed this issue directly:

But it's not real, it's simulated. At one point, one of the producers was floating this idea in the trade papers that it would be real sex in the series. I immediately said, "Well, find another director, I don't want to do that." I wasn't interested in that.[6]

With regard to these controversial scenes actress Jane Alexander has said the following:

You know, people tend to believe those scenes, when they see them, are real, but they're not. They're acted. Our union doesn't even let us have any real sex, not that we would anyway. But just acting with someone like David [Selby], whom I have known for so long, it was fine. Those scenes are never easy.[7]

Michelle Borth, whose scenes were the most explicit, said, "We tried to do it as authentic as possible, but we were not having sex."

Reception

Time's James Poniewozik named it one of the Top 10 New TV Series of 2007, ranking it at #3.[8]

The first episode of the show only attracted a total of about 910,000 viewers—far fewer than what the network had been pulling in for previous series such as Rome, Deadwood, and even the ill-fated John from Cincinnati.[9] A month after its debut, HBO claimed the show had drawn a total of 3.1 million viewers across seven broadcasts.[10]

DVD release

DVD name Country Release date Ep # Additional information
The Complete First Season United States February 11, 2008 10 Four audio commentaries
The Complete First Season Australia April 29, 2009 10
The Complete First Season (כל פרקי העונה הראשונה) Israel 2008 10

References

  1. ^ Rice, Lynette (July 28, 2008). "Tell Me You Love Me: HBO Pulls the Plug After All". Entertainment Weekly.
  2. ^ Owen, Rob (July 16, 2007). "Tuned In: Star Jones unveils new look in promoting new talk show". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  3. ^ "HBO gets raw -- or is it raunchy? -- with sexually explicit 'Tell Me You Love Me'". Los Angeles Times. July 14, 2007. Archived from the original on May 20, 2009.
  4. ^ Johnson, Richard; Paula Froelich; Bill Hoffmann; Corynne Steindler (September 1, 2007). "PASSION PUT-ON". New York Post. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007.
  5. ^ Topel, Fred (9 September 2007). "'Tell Me You Love Me': A Different Kind of Real Sex for HBO". Hollywood.com. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  6. ^ Morrow, Martin (October 1, 2007). "Sex Talk". CBC News. Archived from the original on June 30, 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  7. ^ Crook, John (September 9, 2007). "'Tell Me You Love Me' Bares Bodies and Souls". Zap2it.
  8. ^ Poniewozik, James (9 December 2007). "Top 10 New TV Series: #3. Tell Me You Love Me". Time. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  9. ^ "HBO's 'Tell Me' speaks to few". Variety. September 11, 2007.
  10. ^ Claustro, Lisa (October 5, 2007). "HBO Renews 'Tell Me You Love Me'". Buddy TV.

External links

Sticky Fingaz

Kirk Jones (born November 3, 1973), better known by his stage name Sticky Fingaz, is an American hardcore rapper, record producer, actor, film director, film editor and writer, best known as a member of multi-platinum hardcore rap group Onyx.

Sticky Fingaz was discovered by Jam Master Jay of Run-D.M.C., who signed Onyx on his label JMJ Records provided that Sticky will be in the group. His signature lazy eye, raspy voice, and boundless energy brought attention to the group, and he became the front man.

Onyx went on to release three top-selling albums before Sticky Fingaz began his solo career.

Sticky Fingaz starred in more than 80 films and television shows. In 1993, he made his acting debut in Forest Whitaker's award-winning HBO drama Strapped. His feature film credits include Spike Lee's Clockers, In Too Deep, Lockdown, Doing Hard Time and Breaking Point, but is best known for his role as "Tyrone" in Next Friday. He made his television debut in New York Undercover and Nash Bridges, but is best known for his role as Blade in the TV series Blade.

Sticky Fingaz wrote, produced, directed and starred in two feature films done entirely in the genre of "hip hopera" through his production company Major Independents: A Day In The Life and Caught On Tape. Both films were released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment. In 2019, Fingaz released a movie It's About T.I.M.E., which features the format in which it was released - "Digital Album Movie", created by the rapper.

Tell Me You Love Me

Tell Me You Love Me may refer to:

Tell Me You Love Me (TV series), 2007 HBO television drama series

Tell Me You Love Me (album), 2017 album by Demi Lovato

"Tell Me You Love Me" (song), 2017 song by Demi Lovato

"Tell Me You Love Me", single from Frank Zappa album Chunga's Revenge

"Tell Me You Love Me", song from Leela James album My Soul

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