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I can’t quite decide whether to be excited or nervous about this. Because I love the source material both the 1988 movie and the epistolary novel. A series that went in depth and had time to really explore the characters would be amazing. I like the idea of exploring the original romance of the Marquis de Merteuil and Valmont. The Marquis’s self-invention could be shown too. How cool would that be? 
However, the possibility of ruination exists too. Ah well, I’ve ignored other bad adaptations, I’m just hoping this won’t be one of them. 

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Dangerous Liaisons      November 6       STARZ    8 episodes     

will air at 9pm on November 6, before moving to every Sunday at 8pm  

Dangerous Liaisons is a bold prelude of Laclos’ classic 18th-century novel focusing on the origin story of how his iconic characters, the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, met as passionate young lovers in Paris on the eve of the revolution. This modern take on a classic story takes audiences through wonder and terror, beauty and degradation, seduction and deception in pre-revolutionary Paris.

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Based on the  classic 1782 novel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. The TV Series imagines what happened to the two former lovers, the future Marquise Camille de Merteuil and Pascal, the Vicomte de Valmont, prior to the start of their adventures in the novel. Both forego their love for each other in order to right the wrongs of their past, they rise from the slums of Paris to scale the heights of the French aristocracy, using seduction, manipulation, and secrets on the nobility and each other in pre-revolutionary Paris. Their on-again-off-again love story is the heart of the series. It’s not love... it’s war.
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Nicholas Denton as Pascal, the Vicomte de Valmont. Pascal is driven to regain his title and status, stolen from him by his stepmother, Ondine de Valmont, after his father’s death. Without status or money, Pascal must use seduction and blackmail to get what he wants, even if it risks losing forever the one he loves most – Camille, his former lover.

Colette Dalal Tchantcho is Ondine de Valmont, Pascal the Vicomte de Valmont’s caustic, social-climbing stepmother.

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Alice Englert as Camille, the future Marquise Camille de Merteuil. A beautiful young woman from nowhere with a mysterious past who seeks revenge on the wealthy aristocrats who led her to ruin. Betrayed by her lover, Pascal, the Vicomte de Valmont, she turns heartbreak into empowerment as she strategizes to gain status, power and freedom. Camille's chance arises when she is taken in by the current Marquise Genevieve de Merteuil.

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Leslie Manville as the current Marquise Genevieve de Merteuil, who takes Camille under her wing and becomes Camille’s mentor in the world of the Parisian nobility.

Michael McElhatton plays Marquis Jean de Merteuil, Genevieve de Merteuil’s husband and a powerful Marquis who threatens Camille’s rise in society.

Hakeem Kae-Kazim is Majordome, who runs the Merteuil house.

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Kosar Ali as Victoire, Camille’s sparky, cynical, brave best friend and partner in crime.

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Carice van Houten as Jacqueline de Montrachet, a pious noblewoman with a mysterious connection to our heroine Camille.

Tom Wlaschiha plays Henri de Montrachet.

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Hilton Pelser as Gabriel Carrè, a police officer obsessed with Camille.

Nathanael Saleh is Azolan, the Pascal’s gentle, thoughtful young companion

Paloma Faith as Florence de Regnier, a playful, fiery noblewoman, a stalwart of the French court

Lucy Cohu plays Christine de Sevigny, a shrewd, ambitious Duchess and nemesis to Camille.

Fisayo Akinade is Chevalier de Saint-Jacques, the preferred composer to Queen Marie Antoinette, and Pascal's best friend.

Maria Friedman plays Berthe, an effervescent dressmaker for the great and good of Paris.

Clare Higgins is Madame Jericho, the eccentric proprietor of a brothel in the slums of Paris.

Mia Threapleton plays Rose, an impressionable young prostitute with dreams of a better life.

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  • SilverStormm changed the title to Dangerous Liaisons in the Media
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On 10/7/2022 at 1:28 PM, AnimeMania said:

Mia Threapleton plays Rose, an impressionable young prostitute with dreams of a better life.

Mia is Kate Winslet's daughter so her character's name being Rose stands out as a deliberate choice.

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On 12/13/2022 at 6:31 AM, Haleth said:

This isn't surprising.  I'm still watching but would not have bothered with a second season.  The characters are too repulsive.

I'm not finding the stories to be very cohesive.  Tony Soprano or Saul Goodman were repulsive characters, but you understood their motivations, and their actions had predictable consequences in their world.  This show seems to solve every problem with blackmail.

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‘Dangerous Liaisons,’ ‘Becoming Elizabeth’ & ‘Step Up’ Pulled From Starz As Streaming Removals Become More Widespread

If you didn't watch/record the Series or the last episode, you may be hard pressed to do so.

Lionsgate attempting to split from Starz, has caused both companies to try to determine which "Titles" belong to which company, causing all kinds of problems like the cancelling of the second season and the removal of the first season of Dangerous Liaisons from the Starz. It is also causing the delay of new programming on Starz, like Heels Season 2.

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