08/26/2013 07:00 pm ET

Joshua Jackson Joins 'The Affair' From Showtime Alongside Dominic West And Maura Tierney


Joshua Jackson's has joined Showtime's drama pilot "The Affair" for his post-"Fringe" return to TV, Showtime announced today.

Jackson will play Cole, a hard-edged cowboy who manages a ranch on the eastern tip of Long Island that has been in his family for generations. Cole is married to Allison (Ruth Wilson) a young woman, working in a pancake house, trying to piece her life back together in the wake of a tragedy.

Their emotionally charged marriage becomes even more complicated when Allison starts an affair with Noah (Dominic West), who is spending his summer on the island with his family, including wife Helen (Maura Tierney), the mother of his children and his college sweetheart. Helen's world will be buffeted by Noah's infidelity and over time, she will swing back and forth from understanding to furious, and from forgiving to vengeful.

According to Showtime, "The Affair" is an intense and intimate exploration of two marriages and an affair that disrupts them –- with all of the complex consequences that result. The pilot was written by Sarah Treem from a story by Treem and Hagai Levi, who previously collaborated on "In Treatment." The hourlong relationship drama will be told separately from both the male and female perspectives.

Jackson's "Fringe" co-star, Anna Torv, also landed a cable role, and will star in Ryan Murphy's "Open" for HBO, a drama that also deals with relationships and infidelity. Torv will play Windsor, “a yoga instructor in a long-term relationship with Holly (Jennifer Jason Leigh)," who finds herself tempted after meeting another woman, Grace (yet to be cast), who is married to Scott Speedman's character.

Are you glad to see Jackson and Torv back on the small screen?

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