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James Frain as Thomas Cromwell

As usual, James Frain has found himself a character of challenging depth to portray. In Showtime's The Tudors, he plays Thomas Cromwell, a man of common birth who manages to work his long, long way to the right side of no one less than the King of England, Henry VIII. A soldier, then a lawyer, he eventually makes his way to King Henry's Court as the secretary to Cardinal Wolsey with whom he first associates in 1520. Like so many men in history, (and more than a few men and women from this royal court), the peak of his rise is surpassed only by the depth and speed of his falling. In the course of three short months in the year 1540, he is made the First Earl of Essex, falls victim to politics and a false plot against him, is sent to the Tower and executed.

Thomas Cromwell, ready to do the Kings bidding in Season Two of The Tudors But we get ahead of ourselves. In Season One of "The Tudors," Thomas has only just gotten a toe hold in the Tudor Court. He entered in the service of the "good" Cardinal Wolsey, with much, much more to come. With the end of Season One, we saw Wolsey's fall and Cromwell's rise well on the horizon.

In Season Two we saw Thomas Cromwell support the king's marital affairs as he also directed the mission to deconstruct the English Roman Catholic Church in the course of establishing King Henry's Church of England. As passions and politics came to a head, we saw Thomas manage to land on his feet at the end of Season Two.

Sir Richard Rich and Thomas Cromwell, Lord Great Chamberlain in Season Three of The Tudors

In Season Three, King Henry VIII continues adding to his legacy of collecting wives, angering the Roman Catholic Church, and gaining as much wealth and power as he can manage. The members of his court continue to try and make places for themselves in serving Henry, whilst keeping their heads. Thomas Cromwell, now Lord Great Chamberlain, has his hands more than full balancing his own duties, trying to please both the King and his own agenda. As his own power grows, so do his enemies and every false step inevitably leads one pace closer to his own end.

In a cast rich with historical characters, Thomas certainly holds his own. We are more than certain that James Frain shall too, at least for the bulk of The Tudors new Season Three.

For a detailed biography of Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, pour a strong cup of tea and please go here - Thomas Cromwell Biography

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Season 3 Release Dates

We'll keep this topic at the top of the page and add new release dates as we hear of them.

U.S.A.   April 5, 2009

Canada   October 1, 2009

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We have been remiss in not adding this to the website sooner! The video game based on the series "The Tudors" has been available for a number of weeks already. Below is a preview of the game. You can download a free 60 minute version from Showtime's Tudors site. It includes many of the series characters, including the persona of Thomas Cromwell as portrayed by James Frain. It's a bit of adventure, puzzle and hidden object. Have a go, do!

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An excellent review which we've just added to our Tudors review page from Canyon News of James Frain's final appearance as Thomas Cromwell in the finale of Season 3 of The Tudors:

Gold Standard, Week Of Betrayals Cromwell awaits his fate

Posted by Tommy Garrett on May 31, 2009 - 9:32:48 PM

HOLLYWOOD—This week's Gold Standard goes to three players on television. Two are daytime staples and one a primetime star. Katherine Kelly Lang who portrays Brooke on "B&B" is our leading lady choice this week. Peter Bergman who portrays Jack Abbott on "Y&R" is our second daytime pick. Then we round it off with British star James Frain, who portrays Lord Thomas Cromwell on Showtime's international mega hit, "The Tudors."

[skipping ahead to The Tudors content...]

And lastly, on Showtime, "The Tudors" rein as king of the ratings. For good reason too. This series which chronicles the life of Henry the VIII, maybe England's most tyrannical and yet interesting monarch, showed us this week Henry's true selfish ambition takes no prisoners. When Thomas Cromwell's friends and the King's men all betrayed him James Frain poured out an emotional performance like no other. This man has been underplaying the role intentionally, because Cromwell was not just the King's trusted ally, but a disciplined politician who navigated the evil traps set for him by his King and his King's friends.

Thomas and Gregory Cromwell Cromwell rose in the King's favor when he helped find a way to arrest, prosecute and execute the King's second wife Queen Ann Boelyn. But Cromwell's future was also doomed. Frain looked in horror out of the Tower while seeing men pillaging and sacking his home and taking out every treasure. Cromwell knew that being jailed in the Tower of London was only going to end in his death.

While at the last moments of his life, like all loyal patriots, which Cromwell was, he asked the people of London to continue to honor and obey their King. While hearing the cheers of Catholics screaming, "kill him, off with his head" he looked over at his enemies, the Duke of Suffolk, The Bishop of Canterbury, Lord Thomas Seymour and Sir Francis, all the men who set him up and framed him for treason against His Majesty. But Cromwell instead of looking at them with anger stared almost saying, you may be next. He then looked past all the cheering mob screaming for him to die and saw his only son, who had just become a father himself. He lastly looked up at the executioner and prayed that he would be killed with one strike by the ax. Immediately it dawned on Cromwell that the executioner was indeed drunk. He cringed almost in horror of knowing his death would not go easy. Frain's reactions were amazing. They were the signs of a man in distress at his final moments and he played them all to the hilt.

Fans of the show probably know that in truth, Cromwell's execution was not only harsh, by beheading but that his head was hung on the London Bridge facing away from England as if he had been a traitor. King Henry VIII never got over this execution. It was not long before he figured out that Cromwell was perhaps his most loyal servant. Alas Frain is done with the series, but he will be missed, though Lord Cromwell will not be.

Television is struggling for viewers. These three shows seem to be the best of what television can be.

Thanks to Frain fan Tilly for conecting us to this review!

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The Tudors, Four Seasons

It would less than honest of us at AJF to say that a season of The Tudors without James Frain would not cause our interest to wan, but for all who love the series in general, we do want to keep you informed. With that in mind, here is a snippet about the filming of Season 4 which will begin again in Dublin, in June of 2009, without Cromwell, a couple of regal wives and many late members of Henry's court. Still, we know that Michael Hirst will find plenty with which to fill another 10 episodes of his Tudor soap.

From Seat 42f.com :

The Tudors

Showtime Orders A 4th Season Of The Tudors
Monday, April 13, 2009 12:32:18 pm MDT

On the heels of a critically lauded third season premiere of SHOWTIME's award-winning drama series THE TUDORS, the network has announced the pick-up of a fourth season of the epic-period saga starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as King Henry VIII. The final season will consist of 10, one-hour episodes and center on his tumultuous relationships with his last two wives, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr, and his final descent into madness. Season four, which will return in spring 2010, will be written by series creator and executive producer Michael Hirst, with production slated to begin this June in Dublin, Ireland. Hirst will have single-handedly written all 38 of the series one-hour episodes by the time the story is complete.

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The Tudors Season Finale

The following is a brief look into the passionate and gripping Season Three finale of The Tudors. Henry is onto new women and being talked into lies about Cromwell, his Lord Great Chamberlain. In this video provided by Showtime, Thomas Cromwell is condemned as a traitor and thrown behind bars in the Tower of London.

Traitors Amongst Gentlemen

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The Tudors Season Three DVD Available for Pre-Order

Season 3 DVD
With the final scenes still seared into our Cromwell lovin' heads, we find that the whole of Season 3 is being offered for pre-order at Amazon in the United States. Word is that it will be released sometime in the winter of 2009. So, before Cromwell fades in our memories {as if!} along with the (many) previously beheaded, we have the chance to make a spot on a shelf for this season's DVD and await it's arrival!

From Amazon.com:

The Tudors: Season 3

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Another Tudors Tidbit

from The National Ledger - An Ecclectic Mix:


By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
May 6, 2009

James Frain giving THE TUDORS a bit of applause James Frain, who stars alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers in "The Tudors," believes the show may be about historical figures from the 1500s, but it's a lot more relatable to modern day people than some would assume. Then of course when you add the cable TV twists, it becomes a lot spicier on screen than in our history books.

"What they're doing with this show is shaking up history a bit and adding this pop angle to it in a way that we can relate to these people being like us. They're finding the connections between their world and our world," notes Frain, who portrays the controversial Thomas Cromwell. "We were looking for parallels as a way of recreating the feeling of the court rather than portray the exact look of it. Sometimes if you try and do it completely accurately to the actual look and the flavor of the history, it distances you because there are lots of things about our world that are very different."

One thing that won't keep audiences away is the hunky Meyers, who certainly knows how to heat things up as the powerful, promiscuous king. "Henry VII was the rock star of his time. That's part of what Johnny's performance is all about -- creating what an equivalent character would be like today," says Frain. "These people are driven by the same things we are driven by. Like we are sexual, they were driven by passion and were confused about ideas of the world and religion and how the world should be run, what they are prepared to die for and kill for. It just goes to show human nature hasn't changed that much."

We're not entirely sure why this wee interview is reffered to as " The Videoland View" but never mind, we are always happy to hear from James Frain!

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Coming to a computer near you?

Now here's a head scratcher boys and girls. There is a plan in the works to create a "family friendly" video game based on Showtime's "The Tudors." Huh? Now just what family might they be thinking of? I know my Mama won't be playing. Oh well, read on...
...Here's a press release to baffle and entertain from IGN .com:

Merscom and Showtime to Create Game Based on The Tudors

Family-friendly game based on the historical drama coming soon.

May 5, 2009 - CHAPEL HILL, NC - Merscom announced today it has teamed up with Showtime Networks, Inc. to create a casual game based on the award winning drama series THE TUDORS.

THE TUDORS television show presents the rarely dramatized, tumultuous early years of King Henry VIII's nearly 40 year, omnipotent reign (1509-1547). In addition to his famous female consorts, 20+ years of marriage to Catherine of Aragon and infamous dalliance with Anne Boleyn, the series delves into Henry's most notable political relationship and the deconstruction of the Roman Catholic Church in England.

In this casual adventure/hidden object game, players will enter the world of THE TUDORS and solve a mystery that that runs parallel to the show.

"THE TUDORS is a property that will really appeal to our market," stated Lloyd Melnick, Chief Customer Officer at Merscom, "Not only does the story arc appeal to the casual gamer, but the rich and beautiful graphical environment lends itself to an adventure game."

About Merscom
Merscom is a global publisher of mass market computer and video games that distributes games through multiple channels, multiple platforms and multiple revenue models. Merscom's channels include retail distribution in the US and Europe, online sale through major portals worldwide and games on Microsoft Xbox Live Arcade. Merscom publishes games from leading casual game developers, including Media Art, Reflexive Entertainment, Gunnar Games and Elefun. Merscom produces entertaining products for gamers of all ages and guarantees all customers a great experience. For more information, visit Merscom.

Then again, Thomas Cromwell and others might may for some fun game boys, eh?

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See for yourselves - EPISODE 1, SEASON 3

To see this on the Showtime site (with fullscreen possibilities), go to The TUDORS VIP. You may need to register to become a "VIP insider," and when prompted, the password for viewing is "king"

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The finds just keep on coming! Carol found this spoiler alert of Season Three at - where else? - SPOILER TV.com:

The Tudors - Season 3 - Production Notes

THE TUDORS returns for Season 3 on SHOWTIME April 5, 2009 at 9:00 PM (ET/PT). THE TUDORS covers a short but turbulent period in the life of Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), the most notorious sovereign England has ever had.

As we start the third season, Henry is 27 years into his reign. He is at the height of his political power, but he's beset by difficulties – both personal and professional. On the political front, the ever-vulnerable Tudor Dynasty comes under threat from within. In the north of England, a make-shift army of 'Pilgrims of Grace' rise in revolt at the severity of the Reformation. In suppressing the revolution, Henry displays all his complexity as a ruler -- willing to listen but fearless to ruthlessly extinguish dissent. This period also sees the rise and dramatic fall of Sir Thomas Cromwell (James Frain), Architect of the Reformation....

...To read more, we invite you to go to the source - Spoiler TV - The Tudors - Season 3 - Production Notes Posted by DarkUFO at Wednesday, March 18, 2009

source - Showtime

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The latest Season Three Promos from SHOWTIME

First, this yummy, yummy very non-historical, (did we say yummy?) promo picture for Season Three. Thank you Showtime, very much.

Henry Cavill, Jonathan Rhys Meyers & James Frain

Season Three Poster

Next, we have the official Showtime Tudors Season Three poster. Umm, we seem to have gone completly porno for this one. I don't recall any history lesson from my school days to be like this.....Now take out your books children and mind where you sit.......!?

Oh, and here's another video peek at the new upcoming season. Lots of action and treachery, and yes, Tudor babes. Enjoy. It all unfolds after April 5 in North America, then will make it's way around the globe. We'll be sure to pass on all Season Three premiere dates as we hear about them.

Royal Cast of Characters

(Including lots of lovely Cromwell)

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New Tudor Season 3 YouTube Finds

The same thing, only different, this is the "Royal Cast of Characters" from above, but with the possibility of viewing in full screen. Gotta love that!

The Tudors: Season 3 - Cast Interview [part 1]

This video cast interview is four additional minutes beyond the above selection, speaking of more upcoming features of Season Three's plots and characters. As James Frain says - "It's sexy, it's intriguing, and it's dramatic." Okay, we'll be watching.

The Tudors: Season 3 - Cast Interview [part 2]

Thanks Teri for the YouTube finds!


This preview of Season 3 is from the excellent blog of one of our favorite Tudors fans - click here for the latest reviews
You'll also find his link below in our "Tudor Related Links" section

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Tudors returns for its third season on Showtime early next month. I've seen the first two episodes - thanks to a preview copy from Showtime - and the series looks to be as wonderful as ever, just the mix of hard history and sweet flesh we've come to expect from this drama about one of the most important eras in our past, a time when our British ancestors clawed and fought and loved their way into the modern age.

What's most new about this season is Jane Seymour, now Queen, and now played by Annabelle Wallis (Jane was played last year by Anita Briem). I like Annabelle's performance much more than Anita's, whose Jane was bland. Annabelle has a soft, engaging power, and reminds me, in terms of accent and looks, of Princess Diana.

There are other powerful performances. James Frain returns with a superb rendition of Thomas Cromwell, Alan Van Sprang is new in the court as the feisty, piratical Sir Francis Bryan, and Max Von Sydow and his expressive face is in Rome as Cardinal von Waldberg. Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII and Henry Cavill as Charles Brandon are as good as they've been, too - which is to say, quite good.

And there are some fine ladies in court. Look for Charlotte Salt as Lady Ursula Misselden, and an outstanding nude scene, which made me glad that the FCC has not yet expanded its repressive rule to cable.

Censorship and the struggle for democracy is also very much in the air on The Tudors, where rebellion and religious intolerance serve as midwives to our ways of life. I'll be back with more after the season gets under way in April.

As Carol says - "Powerful"...."superb" -- nice words for James Frain's performance! And thank you Carol for the find!


The Tudors - Thomas Cromwell

A lighthearted look at Cromwell's capture of the King's good graces


from cbs press:

SYNOPSIS of Season Three of "THE TUDORS"

This is from the press info provided for the TCA panel [mentioned below.] For those interesteed in the real Tudor history, for some reason Cromwell's true main enemy - the Duke of Norfolk is being replaced by Charles Brandon. In the series, Norfolk's character, played wonderfully by Canadian actor Henry Czerny in Season One, vanished mysteriously in Season Two. It appears that he will remain so.

8 Episodes
Series Synopsis

THE TUDORS returns for Season Three on SHOWTIME this April. Twenty seven years into his reign, Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is at the height of his powers. Not long after the execution of Anne Boleyn he takes a third wife -- Jane Seymour (Annabelle Wallis), a woman with inner beauty and noble character whom he clearly loves and who has a calming effect on the King. But, while her influence is welcomed by her new husband, her Catholic background causes disquiet and discomfort for Thomas Cromwell (James Frain), Henry’s most senior courtier and the ruthless driving force behind the English Reformation. Cromwell has one aim: to confiscate the moral authority and worldly goods of the Catholic Church.

Soon there is wonderful news for King Henry: after some months of nervous waiting, his beloved Jane is expecting a child. Henry is convinced it will be his long-awaited male heir; when he is proven right, the country goes into a convulsion of celebration - a Tudor prince named Edward - but this gaiety is short-lived: soon after delivering the child, Jane falls into a fever and dies. Henry is heartbroken and becomes a recluse.

The manipulative Cromwell however, encourages Henry back into public view and hopes to have him remarry as soon as possible. Seeing a possibility to correct the Catholic influences of Jane and increase his own powerbase, Cromwell pursues one candidate in particular -- the dowdy sister of the Duke of Cleves, Anne (Joss Stone making her acting debut), who has the defining virtue of coming from the heartland of the Protestant League.

When the monarch meets his young bride-to-be he realizes he has made a mistake, but it is too late to withdraw. They marry in underwhelming circumstances and the marriage remains unconsummated, despite Henry’s best efforts. Ultimately, the failed marriage reflects badly on Cromwell and his enemies – among them the King’s best friend Brandon (Henry Cavill). On a clever technicality, Cromwell is arrested on grounds of treason and is sent to the Tower – where he has sentenced so many before him.

Thanks Teri for the find!


Cast & Creators of The Tudors Hold Panel at TCA

On Wednesday, January 14, 2009, Showtime held their 2009 Winter TCA Party at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood where Showtime arranged for a panel discussion for the Television Critics Association. Keeping the buzz alive in the in-between seasontide were producer Morgan O'Sullivan, writer Michael Hirst, series veteran actors Jonathan Rhys Meyers and James Frain along with newcomer musician-turned-actress Joss Stone. A variety of photos and articles from this event are popping up all over the Internet. James Frain was looking lean and lovely in blue on the red carpet as he made his way into the affair.

James Frain on a balmy winter day in L.A. This brief snippet is from the online journal - Candy Havens:


published January 22, 2009

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, James Frain and Joss Stone (yes the singer) came to chat about the new season of The Tudors. Cool stuff. And Joss can act, just in case you were wondering. I can never tell if Jonathan is just aloof by nature or nervous about talking to the press, but he comes off as a little too serious about it all. Frain and Stone were awesome.

Awesome, nice. Thanks again Teri.


The following fun fair appears on the online Orlando Sentinal:

posted by halboedeker on Jan 15, 2009 8:10:56 AM

LOS ANGELES -- It was a simple question to Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who plays King Henry VIII on "The Tudors." My question: "At some point are you going to start gaining weight?"

I thought he was going to say, "Off with his head." The actor, a two-time Golden Globe nominee for his dynamic work on the Showtime drama, has the royal bearing down. And, man, can this actor talk.

The Tudors panel with the chatty Rhys Meyers "I'm not going to turn into the Holbein painting," Rhys Meyers told me. "I think it would defeat the purpose of what I've done in the first three seasons. I played in my way, you know. Yeah, I could have gone down dying the red hair and putting on the extra weightage for it, but then that becomes something that's already done by other people. I think if you want to look at somebody who's closest to what probably Henry looked like I think Robert Shaw probably is the closest. He had that sense of athleticism, but also you can see that the weight is going to come on in later years. I'm not that guy. This is not that show. We wanted to do something that had this historical backdrop to it with 'The Tudors,' which is a very, very fascinating period in time, but we are also making television, and it has to be entertaining. So we have to sort of mess with history a little bit. And in costume me as Henry you are going a completely different way. You are looking at a perspective, a certain perspective of Henry. I think the reason why that image of Henry standing there with all that weight survived so long, that image is so implanted into people's brains, is because Holbein was a great artist and it is great art and that's why it lasted. There were other paintings of Henry when he was a younger man but these are not the images that are instilled into our mind. We have this, especially in school, I was instilled with this, you know, with this food-guzzling, beer-guzzling, womanizing rotund monarch, well, he was a tyrant, he was a bad politician. He was a lapsed religious man who was completely out of touch with his spirituality by the time his reign ended. And he went through a lot of turmoil within that reign, but I had to play him my way so, you know, maybe a few extra pounds but nothing to write on your computer about I'm afraid."

On that point, his majesty was wrong.

Executive producer Michael Hirst, who has written all 28 episodes so far, weighed in, too -- so to speak.

"It's not a documentary," Hirst said. "But the effect of it has been to absolutely galvanize the teaching of history in schools and universities, not only across America, in lots of other countries. I think, 'The Tudors' is now showing in about 70-some-odd countries, but we have it on records and lots of people write me e-mails about how people, students are really interested in history now."

Hirst said classes discuss what historically accurate and what isn't. "It's made history come alive for lots of people," he said.

Another way "The Tudors" will depart from the historical record: Pretty singer Joss Stone will play Anne of Cleves, Henry's fourth wife.

Anne of Cleves is "usually represented as unattractive, and that's why Henry didn't like her," said actor James Frain, who plays Thomas Cromwell. "The chances are that actually she was attractive. It's just that Henry didn't like her, so that's how it went down in the books."

Portraits of Anne of Cleves suggest she was attractive, Frain said.

"She was definitely one of the more attractive wives," Hirst said.


from IGN:

Henry VIII Is Back for The Tudors' Third Season

Rhys Meyers talks about his upcoming marriage to Joss Stone.

by Matt Fowler

January 14, 2009 - Get ready for wives 3 and 4! That's right, The Tudors is back for Season 3 and this time Henry's burning through two wives, with both marriages being immensely tragic in their own way. The madness of Henry VIII, who's played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, is ever-growing, but not without a bit of a pause, which comes in the form of wife number three, Jane Seymour. After the obsessive passion that Henry felt with Anne Boleyn, Henry now finds himself with a bit of a soul-confident in the role of Seymour. He's able to feel calmer and deeper emotions with her, and then with her sad end comes more madness and the marriage of power to Anne of Cleaves, who will be played by music star Joss Stone. "A lot of the trauma that Henry has experienced in his life sort of starts to snowball into his 30s," said Rhys Meyers. "He can't trust anybody." When trying to explain the more endearing qualities of Henry back in Season 1, Rhys Meyers stated "young men have redeeming qualities and virtue. A lot of tension happened with Anne Boleyn and now he's found sort of a comfortable family life."

- Showtime 
Jane Seymour (Annabelle Wallis) and Henry (Rhys Meyers) on The Tudors. If you've read your history you know how Henry's marriage to Seymour ends on a solemn note, and that just leads Henry into a bit of a cataclysm. "There's the rebellion in the North and the ill-advice that he gets from Thomas Cromwell and then…more ill-advice he gets from Thomas Cromwell with the marriage to Anne of Cleaves" said Rhys Meyers and it all just serves to disconnect Henry from both his people and his own personal spirituality. Henry is trying "to show his own power," said Rhys Meyers. "He's determined to rule, but he's still the victim of his advisers." The role of Thomas Cromwell, played by James Frain, becomes more impactful this season and James himself found that he had to "end up doing a fair bit of reading." Frain had really no concept of who Cromwell was as a man since there were so many different opinions written about him. He had to talk it through with Creator/Writer Michael Hirst to try and figure out how to portray Cromwell.

There are certainly parallels that one can draw from Cromwell's influence over Henry and certain modern day leaders and their advisers. Hirst stated that it was a vastly interesting topic for a writer – "the relationship between presidents and their advisers and kings and their advisers. People start to push their own agendas. How they do it may differ of course." Cromwell's own agenda intensifies this season. "He's a man of genuine reforming zeal. He wants England to be on the side of the angels."

Joss Stone might seem like an "out of left field" choice for this show, seeing as how she's never acted before, but she actually auditioned for a different role on The Tudors last year but couldn't do it due to a touring conflict. The producers were still very high on her and brought her back for the role of Anne. When asked why she chose to start her acting career with such a complex role, Stone replied "I prefer to do that. I like to go head first and give it a go. It's good to scare yourself if it makes you work harder." Executive producer Morgan O'Sullivan did say that he was worried that Joss wouldn't be able to pick up Anne's German accent. "Same here, man," Joss laughed. Is Rhys Meyers comfortable with all the naked love scenes on The Tudors? "Very comfortable," answered Rhys Meyers. "There are worse things you could do with yourself on a rainy Tuesday morning in Dublin."

The Tudors' third season kicks off on Sunday, April 5th.

Thanks to Teri for the article find!


Things Get Steamy

Interview with Joss Stone on the Third Season set of The Tudors:

Thanks Carol for bringing this to our attention!


Here's another fun video from You Tube:

It's Reigning Men


from TV Shows On DVD.com:

The Tudors - It's Official: The Studio Announces a Late December Release of The Complete 2nd Season

Peter O'Toole is among the cast additions for this release, coming Dec. 30th

Posted by David Lambert

The Tudors presents the rarely dramatized, tumultuous early years of King Henry VIII's nearly 40 year, omnipotent reign (1509-1547). In addition to his famous female consorts and 20+ year marriage to Catherine of Aragon to the infamous dalliance with Anne Boleyn, the series delves in to Henry's most notable political relationship, and the deconstruction of the Roman Catholic Church in England. Several weeks ago we reported that The Tudors - The Complete 2nd Season is coming to DVD on December 30th; our information came from an early pre-order listing at Amazon.

This morning Showtime and Paramount Home Entertainment officially announced the release, confirming the provided date. The set, running 542 minutes long for 10 episodes, will come with Widescreen video, and audio available in English 5.1, English 2.0 and Spanish Mono (the same as the first season set). Package art and extras, if any, aren't available yet, but stay tuned and we'll update you when more is available.

Thanks Carol for bringing this to our attention!



Two great new Videos on You Tube

An Unlikely Friendship

This is a delightfully funny homage to James Frain's excellent role as Cromwell addressing the unlikely alliance between Cromwell and Chapuys. Set to the song "Something There" from Beauty and the Beast, it's very satisfying to finally having even a faux image of James Frain doing a stage musical. What a laugh to see something so dark as the Tudor Court made so light.

Thanks to Esther for this wonderfully made video and to Teri for putting us onto it! Cheers dears!

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Tudor Chipmunks

This next one is a bit harder on the nerves to watch, but equally hilarious. And you'll no doubt have to watch it more than once. Too, too funny! Thanks to Charity for the great video and Carol for pointing it out.

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The Tudors -- SEASON FOUR!

This article appears in various Canadian news sites, published July 22, 2008

Six wives, four seasons - The Tudors pick up the pace

The Tudors will not last as long as Henry VIII had wives - six seasons, or one season for each wife - but it will come close.

The Tudors will likely last four seasons, Robert Greenblatt, entertainment president of the U.S. pay-TV channel Showtime said over the weekend.

The Tudors' second season concluded on Showtime last month, and will air on CBC-TV in the fall. Last week, the sprawling historical saga that stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the 16th century King of England earned a pair of Emmy nominations, for its casting and costumes. CBC is one of The Tudors international co-producers.

Henry VIII had six wives. They were, in order, Catherine of Aragon (annulled), Anne Boleyn (executed), Jane Seymour (died after giving birth to Henry's son), Anne of Cleves (annulled), Katherine Howard (executed), and Catherine Parr (outlived Henry).

"As we know, the wives are limited," Greenblatt said. "The first two seasons we did featured a wife per season, but the story will accelerate a little bit after that. The third season will be the next two, Anne of Cleves and Jane Seymour."

That would be Jane Seymour, the historical figure, and not Jane Seymour the actress.

"I love meeting people who think Jane Seymour, the actress, is in the show," Greenblatt said. "They know nothing about history." The final season, Greenblatt said, "will be the final two wives."

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- For the history buffs, a hardy sketch of the life of the real Thomas Cromwell

Official Links

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Fansite Links

click here for Tudors Online

Tudors Online

- a fansite dedicated to "The Tudors" series. The series is getting a lot of attention and this fan page promises to capture much of the excitement with news, press, photos, history and links.
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The Tudors Online

- another beautiful fansite for the series - not to be confused with "Tudors Online!" Also launched as the series is, they have their own unique addition to the buzz. With galleries, news, links, video and interactive features, this is another great resource for fans of "The Tudors."
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The Tudors Fan Wiki

-- The great global scrapbook which is wiki. All comers, all welcome to join up and make your contributions to the ever growing fan base for the series. There are cast and character profiles (terrific pages on James Frain and Thomas Cromwell), fan discussions, lists of Tudors films throughout cinema history and more. A royal resource to explore the nooks and crannies of the Tudor court. A truly interactive adventure for fans of "The Tudors."
 click here for James Frain Online

James Frain Online

Our EXCELLENT sister-fansite which preceded us on the Web by a couple of years. JFO is also a brilliant resource for the Frain reign of Thomas Cromwell on "The Tudors." Look for screencaptures as well as video clips.

click here for Meet James Frain
Meet James Frain

- Frain fan Ildi has created a collection of screencaps and video from some of James Frain's work which now includes "The Tudors." She has expanded this treasure into a fansite in her native Hungarian.
click here for JRM fansite

JRM fansite

- the original jonathan rhys meyers fansite, online since 1997; you will find, of course a feast of news on JRM and "The Tudors."
click here for Henry Cavill Online

Henry Cavill Online

- a fansite for a real-life Henry since 2002, this actor is coming into his own in his portrayal of Charles Brandon, the best of young Henry VIII's mates.


- fansite for the actor doing an amazing portrayal of Sir Thomas More, serving at once as mentor, supporter and conscience to the young king.
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Admiring Natalie Dormer

- another new website for this dynamic actress. It is rich with enthusiasm and content, a great resource for information on Ms. Dormer and her projects, including a fan forum to interact with other fans.

click here for the unofficial Peter O'Toole pages

The Unofficial Peter O'Toole Pages

- A very well done fansite with up to date information as well as a good long look back on this beautiful Irish actor's career. He's managed 75 years as of August 2, 2007 and is going strong!
Hans Matheson Online

Hans Matheson Online

An unofficial website dedicated to the Scottish born actor portraying Thomas Cranmer, they do a fine job of providing respectful and accurate information for fans of Hans Matheson, and those wanting to find out more about this talented actor. This site offers comprehensive information available about Hans' projects, and "an extensive library of photography."
click here for Gabrielle Anwar UK

Gabrielle Anwar UK

- A lovely fansite for the cameleon-like Gabriel Anwar who had the task of bringing some fiestiness to the royal Tudor Princess Margaret. She's now doing a great job being fiesty on the TV series "Burn Notice."

Wonderful Sam Neill

- a fansite for this Irish-born, Kiwi-raised brilliant actor who single-handedly brought red velvet into vogue on "The Tudors" as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey.
click here for Joss Stone/Tudors news

Joss Stone.net

- described as The Web's Longest Running Joss Source, this Joss Stone fan site has news, media, and updates from Joss herself! There is also mention of The Tudors here, so a good source indeed.

Video Links

This way to You Tube

You Tube has an ever changing plethera of clips to view. One of our favorites - "Lost promo for The Tudors."

Click here for TV.com videos

TV.com site for the show. They have a fine collection of clips as well.
This way to Mystic Bliss

Mystic Bliss.net - an astounding "multi Fandom site", this leads to their page chock full of Jonathan Rhys Meyers video clips. In wmv form, you can see promos and appearances on chat shows and such - Tudor related and much much more.

The Tudors Related sites

click here for Tudsors at MySpace

The Official Tudors MySpace page; for clips, photos, chit-chat, the low-down & the downloads.

Click here for TV.com

Tudors page at TV.com, chock full of fun stuff such as pictures, news, episode summaries & info.
click here for Buddy TV's Tudors page

Tudors page at Buddy TV. See cast profiles, series news and forums.
click here for the bloggidy blog at Vox
Tudors page at Vox. For the bloggidy blog on the show, if you're into that sort of thing.
click here for the latest reviews

Infinite Regress-

blog spot belonging to author and Fordham University professor Paul Levinson. He has taken on many TV reviews including a well updated commentary on "The Tudors."

click here for The real Royal gossip
The Raucous Royals-
A wonderful blog covering oh-so-many royals by author and illustrator Carlyn Beccia. As part of a new weekly feature entitled Historical vs. Hollywood, she promises to deliver her comments on "Showtime’s The Tudors that will cover what parts are Hollywood and what parts are based on real history."

History Links

Click here for 'Tudor History'

Tudor History.org - Provides a biography and photo gallery for each of the Tudor monarchs, as well as for the six wives of Henry VIII. An invaluable clearing house for all things Tudors!
Click here for English History
English History.net - an ambitious collection of biographies, portraits, and even quizzes, a place to spend countless hours enjoying these times without losing one's head. A must see for both history and art fans.
Click here for Tudor Portraits
Tudor Portraits - For a wonderful collection of many beautiful portraits from the times of the Tudors before and after Henry VIII, this site is a visual feast!
Click here for Tudor Place
Tudor Place - A nicely done site with the Tudor family tree, biographical sketches, descriptions of the times, this site also provides many links to other English history sources.

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