I’ve learned that Showtime has handed a pilot order to The Affair, a provocative relationship drama written/executive produced by playwright Sarah Treem (In Treatment) and executive produced by In Treatment creator Hagai Levi. Mark Mylod (Shameless) is attached to direct and exec produce the pilot, which dissects an affair and its effect on the two marriages it disrupts, with the story told separately from the male and female perspective. Based on an original concept by Treem and Levi, Affair centers on Noah, a married father of four, who becomes involved with Allison, a married woman mourning the loss of her child, after a chance meeting at the beach. Showtime recently greenlighted Paul Attanasio’s pilot Vatican, directed by Ridley Scott, and gave a straight-to-series order to John Logan/Sam Mendes’ Penny Dreadful. Treem is with WME.