The Tudors returns to Showtime for a second season Sunday at 9 p.m. Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as the dastardly King Henry VIII. The second season follows the King as he forms to the Church of England, divorces Queen Katherine of Aragon (Maria Doyle Kennedy) and marries Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer).
The show is a great fusion of history and modern story telling. There’s sex, political intrigue, deceit, romance, heartbreak and death. Meyers is a petulant, violent and charming King. Dormer is simultaneously conniving and vulnerable. Their chemistry is palpable. It’s a huge challenge to tell a story that most people who paid attention in 8th grade history class know the ending to. The Tudors pulls it off. I know things don’t go so well for Anne but two episodes in to the second season, I’m still anxious to see happens next. Four stars.
The story of King Henry VIII and his many wives has lived on. Partly because the decisions he made had a long lasting impact on our society. And probably because the story has all the necessary ingredients for a juicy tale. Are there stories unfolding today that you think will be told five hundred years from now? What do you think of The Tudors? Talk about it below.
Check out this clip from The Office
The long wait is almost over. The Office returns on April 10 with a bang (that’s what she said, sorry I couldn’t resist). Check out this clip to hold you over in the meantime.
Quotes of the Week
"I just want my marriage back." Nico to Kirby in the season finale on Lipstick Jungle.
"Talking to the Backstreet Boys is time out of my life that I’ll never get back." Trace Adkins on The Celebrity Apprentice.
"Somebody asked me if he’d stab you in the back. I said, ‘He’d stab you in the forehead, you’ll see him coming." Adkins about Piers Morgan on The Celebrity Apprentice. I’m so sad the country star didn’t win I decided to give him two quotes of the week.
Exchange of the Week
"No, no, you are on a time-out." Lily to Barney after he does a fire magic trick at the table on How I Met Your Mother.
"But." Barney’s reply
"Go!" interrupted by Lily. Thanks to Ritchie for the exchange
That’s all for today. I’ll be back on Monday with a look at the return of My Name is Earl, CSI, and Without a Trace— that’s right our shows are coming back, baby. Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week or a topic for discussion? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great weekend. Talk to you on Monday.
Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal