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Satisfaction Preview: Matt Passmore and Stephanie Szostak Tease "Post-Modern Love Story"

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Can true love conquer all?

That's the overall theme of Satisfaction, the new USA series that stars Matt Passmore and Stephanie Szostak as a married couple looking to feel something more than the boredom and lack of excitement they've grown accustomed to in their 18-year marriage.

Are male escorts, sex outside the marriage and lies the way to go about that in this "post-modern love story?"

The actors teased these storyline and more with TV Fanatic at the recent NBC Universal upfront presentation red carpet.

Let's see how what Passmore and Szostak have to say the drama, which premieres tonight, shall we? 

Satisfaction airs Thursdays at 10/9c on USA.

Jim Halterman is the West Coast Editor of TV Fanatic and the owner of JimHalterman.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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After four episodes we can now say the following. SATISFACTION is a one-hour
weekly television show. If it were a full-length 2-hour movie showing at your local neighborhood theater, how would it be different? Unless it were totally re-written .....
(1) We could expect the characters to be totally nude.
(2) We could expect to see sex being performed, in all its variations, with nothing left to the imagination.
(3) We could expect the movie to have an “X-Rating.”
(4) We could expect everyone to simply call it “PORN.” Why don’t we see this in the TV show? Because there are Federal regulations that control what you can, and cannot, put on public television. The “Duck Principle” applies. If it looks like a Duck … walks like a Duck … swims like a Duck … and quacks like a Duck ----- It’s a Duck. SATISFACTION is porn. It has been edited for television as required by Federal Law, but it is still porn nonetheless. The entire story is pornographic in nature. It would have to be totally re-written (script, plot, and story line) to qualify as something other than porn. Both Matt Passmore and
Stepanie Szostak will be remembered as being just a couple of porn stars. The show is about the sexual adventures of two people. They are technically still married, but their relationship collapsed long-long ago; and as stated, the marriage is now nothing more than a legal technicality. They no longer have sex with each other,
opting to have sex with just about everyone else in town. Both are into prostitution. SATISFACTION is utterly unbelievable and unrealistic. As a result, it fails to qualify as “Drama.” It is about sex … and nothing but sex. The script, the plot, and the story line are designed to do nothing more than set up the next sexual encounter. Thus, it is “Porn” … plain and simple.

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@ m.

I assume you don't watch a lot of television. I know you didn't watch the show, as you exclaimed it loud and clear a month ago. There are relatively few scenes that depict sex at all and is as far from porn as you can get. You're funny.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

And let me guess ... you can't charge more than 10 cents an hour.

Modwild
@ m.

I write every review for the show. Read them. Don't insult me again.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

There is only one solution to your problem. You leave me alone and I will leave you alone. You are entitled to your opinion and I am entitled to mine. And be reminded ... we do live in a country where neither of us has to give a fat rat's backside what the other thinks. And for the record ... I am totally unimpressed with your alleged credentials.

Modwild
@ m.

I'm completely impressed with Satisfaction and how its managed to get under your skin. So much so you can't stop talking about it when you won't even watch. Nothing better than something that stirs discussion. As a moderator, I see all your comments. That's just the way it is.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

Let the entire world know here and now that Carissa Pavlica
and I have two totally different and incompatible codes of Moral
Standards. As a result, she thinks SATISFACTION is the greatest thing since bubble gum. In my opinion, it is porn (edited to comply with Federal law) but porn nonetheless. The rest of the world is free to draw its own conclusions. We live in a free country. Neither of us has to care what the other thinks. And while we each have the right to express our opinions under the Constitution of the United States … it will serve no point for she and I to continue this discussion. I will not respond to her again. And in my opinion, if she has any character at all, she will say nothing more either. Neither of us is impressed with the other. So mote it be!

Modwild
@ m.

Let someone know when you watch the show and have an informed opinion "m" -- great chat!

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No, I will not watch Satisfaction and will do my best to discourage others from watching: #1 – It’s not believable. A marriage cannot be sustained when both partners are cheating on each other. Sooner or later one of them gets enough and files for divorce … especially if the other spouse is enjoying themselves too much. #2 – As a people, has our culture deteriorated to the level of ancient Rome and we now see sexual infidelity as fit subject matter for national television. There’s already enough of that on the flat screen; too much in fact. In the case of Satisfaction, it is quite obvious the story and script were developed around a blatant attempt to be as “X-Rated” as legally possible on television, as a means of making the show respectable. It failed. #3 – To follow up with #2, above, I see no entertainment value in a show whose story circles around the fact a married couple is cheating on each other. To repeat, the objective is to be as “X-Rated” as legally possible. This kind of show has to titillate to survive … and that means the level of sensationalism has to increase at a steady pace. Sooner or later, the producers of Satisfaction will have to deal with the issue of nudity
and rather blatant sexual events. #4 – All things considered, it is not a suitable show for family viewing and should be shown at a much later hour ... if in fact, it is not cancelled in short order.

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Modwild
@ m.

You could have stopped right after I will not watch Satisfaction. Because you have not watched, you are talking without any merit. There was nothing x-rated on the show. Adult subject matter, yes. Nudity? No. There are very deep emotional issues addressed here through a great love shared between the two leads. I sincerely hope your friends don't listen to a word you say. It's not about sex, it's about marriage and trying to save one that has died. It's a shame you are too narrow minded to understand.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

No Carissa ... The real shame is that you - like so many people - did not read and think about the post you replied to. You just saw an empty space and seized the opportunity to fill it in by saying something. Now ... you may respond to this if you wish ... it doesn't matter. I will not waste any more time on you.

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Modwild
@ m.

No. I not only read the post, watched the clip and read what you wrote, I watched and reviewed the premiere and will continue to watch and review the season. You didn't listen. The show is a love story. It's evident early on that it is and the surprising thing about the adult material is how they handle it. It's not smutty and insulting to the senses but the complete opposite. You pulled out the words male escorts and sex and determined it would be a hateful journey of two people trying to satisfy themselves instead of their partner. How you latched onto the term X-rated is a complete mystery. It is you who misunderstands, cannot comprehend and will ultimately miss out. Best of luck to you.

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Satisfaction Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

I don't know what to say because I hate this job. None of what I do really matters. I don't even get to see what I'm trading on a daily basis, it's just numbers on a screen. It's not real. We don't contribute anything to the world in any meaningful way. We just hoard money, and I always thought you were an asshole for making that a virtue.

Neil

I think the problem is I need to feel more right now, not less.

Neil
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