POSTED BY STUART LEVINE

HBO may have lost "Sex and the City," but its still feeling frisky.

Cable will launch "Tell Me You Love Me" on Sept. 9, a nine-episode Sunday night series that focuses on Tellme15_2 the relationship of three couples — in their 20s, 30s and 40s. From creator Cynthia Mort, skein moves from the therapist office to the bedroom, and doesn’t shy away from showing the inner sanctum of each.

In other words, there’s lots of screaming, crying and sex.

"We’re not porn stars, we’re actors," said actress Michelle Borth to the TCA throngs who were definitely more interested in the authenticity and realism of the sex scenes than they were on the credentials of Jane Alexander, who plays the show’s therapist.

Added actress Sonya Walger: "It’s uncomfortable. These scenes have no dialogue but each has a lot to say."

"Our decision wasn’t to push the envelope but be honest about the intimacy," said HBO programming topper Carolyn Strauss. You can’t tell the story about intimacy without having sex in your tool kit. If you want to do it honestly, you have to tell that story."

– Stuart Levine

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