In advance of Sunday’s premiere,  Showtime is giving viewers an opportunity to sample its new drama series The Affair, about the effects of an extramarital affair, told separately from both the male and female perspectives. Starting today, viewers can sample the TV-14 rated version of  pilot for free on YouTube (http://s.sho.com/theaffair), SHO.com, via a number of television providers’ free On Demand channels and websites, and on Showtime On Demand. The premiere episode will also be available via Showtime Anytime on any computer, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Kindle Fire, Fire Phone, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox 360 and Apple TV streaming players anywhere in the U.S., on the Showtime Preview app on Smart TVs from Samsung, LG and Panasonic, as well as for download as a free video podcast on iTunes.

Ruth Wilson (Luther) plays Alison, a young woman waiting tables at a popular Hamptons diner, trying to piece her life back together in the wake of a tragedy. Her husband Cole, played by Joshua Jackson (Fringe), struggles to keep it all together, both with his wife and the financially-strained ranch that has been in his family for generations. Their emotionally-charged marriage becomes even more complicated when Alison begins an affair with Noah, played by Dominic West(The Wire), a New York City public school teacher and aspiring novelist who is spending the summer at his in-laws’ estate out on the island. Maura Tierney (ER) plays Helen, Noah’s college sweetheart, wife of 17 years and mother of his children.  Award-winning playwright and writer/producer Sarah Treem (House of Cards, In Treatment) wrote the original script from a story created with Hagai Levi. They first worked together on the American adaption of Levi’s show In Treatment. Treem and Levi will both serve as executive producers, along with executive producer and director Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights) and executive producer Eric Overmyer.