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Joshua Jackson cast as brooding cowboy in Showtime series

Well, this is new. Fringe actor, Joshua Jackson, is set to play an edgy cowboy whose wife is having an affair in a new very aptly titled Showtime show, The Affair.

Joshua Jackson

Well, it’s time to move on folks! According to a network announcement on Monday, Joshua Jackson has picked up a role in Showtime’s new drama pilot, The Affair.

This is the first television role for the Vancouver-born actor since Fringe finished its’ five-season run earlier this year. So, there’s quite a bit of pressure for his next acting gig, that’s for sure!

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The Affair will focus on Cole (Jackson) a cowboy who manages a family farm and is married to Allison (portrayed by Ruth Wilson), a pancake house employee struggling to cope with a past tragedy. Allison becomes enamoured with a New Yorker named Noah (played by Dominic West), who is spending his summer holiday in Long Island with his wife and mother of his children, Helen (Maura Tierney). Cue the affair and subsequent drama.

The show is a dual effort from In Treatment’s Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi. The date for the pilot has not been set yet.

So, what do you think of the casting choices and of the storyline? Will this fly or flop like a pancake?

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