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Femme Fatales is an anthology television series,[1] inspired by the men's magazine of the same name, produced by and aired on Cinemax from 2011 to 2012. Each episode features an antiheroic woman, intercut with softcore pornographic scenes.[2] Lilith (Tanit Phoenix) introduces each episode Rod Serling-style and occasionally appears within the narrative. Some characters make encore appearances in later episodes. Unlike most shows that feature porn actors, Femme Fatales features mainstream actors, such as Richard Kind, Adam Goldberg, Paul Mazursky, Ryan Bittle, Robert LaSardo, Stephen Macht, William Gregory Lee, Dean Haglund, Charlie O'Connell, Daniel Bess, Angus Scrimm, Carrie Genzel, Ellie Cornell, Neil Hopkins in season 1; and Antonio Sabato Jr., Kyle Gass, Leilani Sarelle, Chris Mulkey, Scheana Marie, John Enos III, Vivica A. Fox, Sandra McCoy, Jeffrey Combs, Robert Picardo, Ashley Hamilton, Nikki Griffin, Eric Roberts, Kate Luyben, Steve Railsback, Paul Rae, Jes Macallan, Casper Van Dien, Jeff Fahey, and Betsy Rue in season 2.[1]

Femme Fatales
Femme Fatales.jpg
GenreThriller
Created by
Starring
Theme music composerGemma Ray
Composer(s)Joe Kraemer
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes28 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Mark A. Altman
  • Steven Kriozere
  • Mark Gottwald
Camera setup
Running time25–30 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
Release
Original networkCinemax
Original releaseMay 13, 2011 (2011-05-13) –
August 10, 2012 (2012-08-10)
External links
Website

PremiseEdit

Women find extraordinary ways of coping with their problems, channeling their survival instincts and bringing out their inner guile. The show is inspired by and styled in the tradition of pulp stories, film noir and graphic novels, and takes place in contemporary settings. Each episode is introduced by a mysterious and enigmatic host Lilith and features different casts and storylines, some of which are intertwined.

Cast and CharactersEdit

  • Ana Alexander as Camille Gardner
  • Catherine Annette as Tiffany
  • Rick Copp as Richard Hollis
  • Ellie Cornell as Detective Janet Wright
  • Marc Crumpton as Foster Prentiss
  • Kristen DeLuca as Beverly Dietrich
  • Christine Donlon as Violet MacReady
  • Madison Dylan as Alexis
  • Jeff Fahey as Detective McAllister
  • Tammy Felice as Kim
  • Vivica A. Fox as Dean Vera Rutledge
  • Nikki Griffin as Nicole Ryan
  • Ashley Hamilton as Devlin Grant
  • Stacy Stas Hurst as Jessica
  • Heidi James as Big Aggie
  • Stephen Macht as Leland Ryah
  • Jordan Madley as Rachel Worth
  • Scheana Marie as Angel Tomlin
  • Tanit Phoenix as Lilith
  • Will Poston as Rafe Daniels
  • Steve Railsback as Dr. Daniel Duryea
  • Jennifer Roa as Norma Swanson
  • Betsy Rue as Libra
  • Jasmine Waltz as Tara
  • Christopher Warner as Detective Brody
  • Kit Willesee as Lacey Rivers

EpisodesEdit

Season 1 (2011)Edit

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"Behind Locked Doors"Greg PritikinRichard HollisMay 13, 2011 (2011-05-13)
Movie star Lacey Rivers is in for the role of a lifetime after her fast-living lands her in jail. She finds that it's not so easy to make friends except for her tough cellmate, a starstruck guard and a sympathetic warden. Will her past finally catch up with her, or does she have nine lives?
33"Bad Medicine"Darin ScottSteve KriozereMay 20, 2011 (2011-05-20)
Nurse Violet MacReady must cope with more than just a bad boyfriend on the overnight shift when an injured psychopath takes over the hospital.
44"Something Like Murder"Mark A. AltmanShelby CarpenterMay 27, 2011 (2011-05-27)
Bored trophy wife Darla has plans for her wealthy dull older husband after she meets a lovely masseuse, but does her new partner have plans for her?
55"Speed Date"Darin ScottBuckaroo Zang, Reginald C. Hayes & Stephen HatchJune 3, 2011 (2011-06-03)
Video game designer Kevin Freeman decides to try online dating, but gets more than he bargained for when he finds out that his date Alexis also lied on her dating profile.
66"The White Flower"Michael HurstMichael HurstJune 10, 2011 (2011-06-10)
Two bank robbers are seduced into confronting their worst fears.
77"Girls Gone Dead"Greg PritikinGreg PritikinJune 17, 2011 (2011-06-17)
This episode follows a group of hot and bothered sorority girls who, in a seemingly desperate bid for some fast cash, agree to star in a raunchy home video series for infamous entrepreneurs Jay Roma and Kip. But the girls may have darker motives!
88"Haunted"Darin ScottTurok AndarJune 24, 2011 (2011-06-24)
Paranormal investigators team up with a beautiful demonologist to debunk a house's haunted reputation. Lex, Susan and R.J. set up a seance with noted expert Holly, but in a house that may contain a portal to hell, the supernatural fun takes a terrifying turn for the worse.
99"Angel & Demons"Michael HurstMichael HurstJuly 1, 2011 (2011-07-01)
With a city on edge, thanks to a serial killer, two detectives race to stop him before he slays his newest victim. But "victim" may not be the best description for Angelica, a stunning strip-club employee with a dark side of her own.
1010"Help Me, Rhonda"Robert Meyer BurnettJackson RoykirkJuly 8, 2011 (2011-07-08)
Three thugs invade the home of a young woman, unaware that her lady lover is hiding inside. The criminals want Camille Gardner's husband, but what they get instead is a deadly surprise at the hands of Camille and her feisty girlfriend Rhonda in this twist-filled tale.
1111"The Clinic"Michael HurstMichael HurstJuly 15, 2011 (2011-07-15)
A man with a terminal illness checks into a mysterious Mexican clinic in the hopes of finding a miracle cure. But Logan Cale discovers that there are greater things to fear than his diagnosis as patients begin to disappear and a devious conspiracy takes shape.
1212"Till Death Do Us Part"Robert Meyer BurnettRichard HollisJuly 22, 2011 (2011-07-22)
It's the wedding bell blues for a young woman who wakes up on the morning after her bachelorette party with a dead stripper in her bed. Rachel Worth is getting married in just a few hours, but first she must try and piece together the hazy memories of the night before to find out who committed the ghastly murder.
1313"Visions, Part 1"Mark A. AltmanStanton CarlisleJuly 29, 2011 (2011-07-29)
A phony mentalist murders his greedy assistant and hires a new assistant – a con woman named Jessica. Foster Prentiss is a skillful performer who has never had any true psychic ability until he touches two lovely femme fatales...and witnesses their murderous acts.
1414"Visions, Part 2"Mark A. AltmanStanton CarlisleAugust 5, 2011 (2011-08-05)
Phony mentalist Foster Prentiss uses his newfound psychic skills and the help of his deceitful assistant Jessica to blackmail two lovely femme fatales. But when Lilith appears and reveals Foster's own dark background, the women team up to provide him with some painful payback.

Season 2 (2012)Edit

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151"16 Minutes of Fame"Robert Meyer BurnettRichard HollisMay 25, 2012 (2012-05-25)
Big Brother meets Ten Little Indians in a reality show house in which the iconic contestants are being rapidly eliminated from the game...literally.
162"Gun Twisted"Darin ScottDarin ScottJune 1, 2012 (2012-06-01)
Marksman Bart Dall meets novice shooter Laurie Cummings at the pistol range. After a seductive lesson on shooting, Bart takes her to his place, where he shows her his extensive gun collection and tells her about his criminal past: he served four years for armed robbery. Laurie is shocked but turned on by Bart's story which leads to a very passionate night. Later, Laurie tearfully reveals to Bart that she was recently fired from her job as a bank teller after jealous Assistant Manager, Sara, set her up. Bart suggests that they use her inside information to pull off a heist. He cases the bank and plans the robbery in meticulous detail. But even the best plans can go awry.
173"Trophy Wife"Buddy GiovinazzoRon CosentinoJune 8, 2012 (2012-06-08)
A husband and wife plot to kill each other, he with help from his mistress, she with assistance from an ex-cop.
184"Extracurricular Activities"Robert Meyer BurnettRichard HollisJune 15, 2012 (2012-06-15)
A lovely professor tries to draw a love-struck student into a murder plot.
195"Killer Instinct"Darin ScottDarin ScottJune 22, 2012 (2012-06-22)
Entrepreneur Davis Bennett attends a gallery opening where he strikes up a conversation with the mysterious, alluring Lauren Coleston. Their mutual passion for the arts leads to a tryst at Bennett's palatial apartment, followed by his murder – Lauren is an assassin and Davis Bennett was her first assignment. As she leaves, she is confronted by six masked men and taken captive. She wakes, bound to a chair, in a darkened interrogation room. A masked man demands to know who trained her and sent her to kill Bennett, and why. Will she crack or turn the tables on her captors?
206"Bad Science"Darin ScottChristine Donlon, Turok Andar & Jackson RoykirkJune 29, 2012 (2012-06-29)
A beautiful and brilliant scientist, Matilda West, materializes, naked and vulnerable, in a parallel dimension and is confronted by a woman with her face – her doppelganger, hardened soldier, Dark Matilda. When the two women touch, they vanish and are transported back to Matilda's lab. Driven by her desire to advance the science of teleportation, Matilda has caused friction amongst her colleagues and strained her marriage. Her strange journey – and the appearance of Dark Matilda – is proof of her success. But life and relationships were different in Dark Matilda's post-apocalyptic world and she begins to connect with her parallel counterparts. When both Matildas get ill – verification of a theory that life from different dimensions cannot co-exist – it becomes clear that one must return...
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"Family Business"Mark A. AltmanSonny SteelgraveJuly 6, 2012 (2012-07-06)
A cop enlists the help of her ex to stop a Mafia princess who is trying to take over her father's business and is planning to kill a candidate for district attorney.
239"Jail Break"Steven KriozereRichard HollisJuly 13, 2012 (2012-07-13)
Two female convicts engineer a jailbreak by seducing a guard.
2410"Crazy Mary"Darin ScottTurok AndarJuly 20, 2012 (2012-07-20)
After her husband is murdered, a woman is wrongfully remanded to an institution for the criminally insane, where she is stalked by the real killer.
2511"One Man's Death"Michael HurstMichael HurstJuly 27, 2012 (2012-07-27)
After the mysterious death of an ADA, his widow and mistress form an unlikely partnership to investigate whether foul play was involved.
2612"Hell Hath No Furies"Darin ScottDarin ScottAugust 3, 2012 (2012-08-03)
The mistress of a sadistic criminal kingpin is targeted by his lusty three-woman death squad while in custody on Christmas Eve.
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"Libra"Robert Meyer BurnettTeleplay by : Buckaroo Zang
Story by : Bob Layton
August 10, 2012 (2012-08-10)
A wrongfully committed woman escapes from an asylum, assumes the identity of a comic-book superhero named Libra, and sets out to get revenge on the family member that betrayed her.

Home mediaEdit

Entertainment One released Femme Fatales: The Complete 1st Season in a 3-disc DVD set on January 29, 2013.[3] The set's featurettes also included footage from Season 2, which in turn was released in a 3-disc DVD set on July 16, 2013.[4]

Soundtrack releaseEdit

This digital CD contains tracks used in the show's actual soundtrack.

August 13, 2012 (2012-08-13)
Movie Score Media

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Femme Fatales on IMDb
  2. ^ "Cinemax begins Fatale shooting". C21Media. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  3. ^ Lambert, David (October 30, 2012). "Femme Fatales - 'The Complete 1st Season' of the Cinemax-After-Dark Show". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  4. ^ Lambert, David (April 24, 2013). "Femme Fatales - 'The Complete 2nd Season' DVDs Will Seduce You This Summer". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 14, 2015.

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