The Tudors

March 27, 2007 at 8:57 pm | Posted in TV News | 2 Comments

Now that Rome is over, Showtime’s filling the period drama void with The Tudors. The first two episodes are available online and they’re definitely worth a look.

The cast is amazing, and by “amazing,” I mean “full of hot British guys.” Jonathan Rhys-Meyers plays Henry VIII, and spends most of the time with his shirt off. Callum Blue (Dead Like Me) and Henry Cavill also star. Henry Cavill had a bit part in The Count of Monte Cristo as Guy Pearce’s son, and even back then I was like “damn, give this guy a TV show.” Five years later, wish come true! I hate to gush, but he’s just so pretty. Sam Neill and Jeremy Northam round out the cast.

It’s not perfect. The sex is totally gratuitous to the point of being silly. The dialogue isn’t as well-crafted as in Rome, and the sets aren’t as opulent. And there’s no one to match the characters of Pullo and Vorenus; we’re stuck in the rafters of high society, even if it would be more fun down in the gutters.

Still, I can’t wait to see more. (Did I mention the hot British guys?)  And if you don’t want to take my word for it, TV Guide also gives the thumbs up.



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  1. This was very well-placed advertising on TiVo. After the finale of Rome just when you were thinking, really? that’s it? and starting to come down from your high, it pops up “The Tudors”. I already have it set to record. I’ll watch Rhys-Meyers read the dictionary. Plus I love love costumes.

  2. Yay! I had the same reaction to the Rome finale. The stuff with Pullo and Caesarion was cute, but it just wasn’t that, you know, epic. The costumes in The Tudors are great! I don’t get why the guys all have crew cuts, but whatever.

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