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SOCIETY PROFILE Following on the success of his British television hit The Office, Emmy nominated, BAFTA-award winning Ash Atalla brings Trinity The series takes place at 900-year-old Trinity College. At first glance the structure deems itself worthy of being a summer play house for royalty or celebrity, but the massive castle is where the rich and affluent fulfill their educational needs. This once upscale institution has now opened its doors to the regular students, including humble freshman Charlotte Arc, a young, faithful Christian who is plagued by the sudden and unresolved death of her father. Trinity offered UK audiences a suspense thriller sprinkled with all the ingredients needed for loyal viewing: scantily-clad attractive co-eds, sex, rebellion, pot-head humor and a deep, looming unspecified tension that hints there is more to Trinity College than trust fund babies and elegant architecture. Trinity’s producer, Ash Atalla, is the man responsible for the US television phenomenon The Office, who suddenly and pleasantly swept us away just in time before US audiences has a chance to miss Friends. Atalla produced the original UK version of the show that was later initiated by NBC. Now, Trinity will make its debut in the US as the series first season airs on Showtime while the DVD will go on sale shortly after. It is hard to forget that this seemingly care free spirit is the one of the many brilliant minds who have US cubicles around the country snickering at Office jokes they saw the night before. Atalla, the Egyptian-born producer, is responsible for several British TV series such as The IT Crowd, in which he has a cameo, and Man Stroke Woman. He has also made cameo appearances in productions such as Ricky Gervais’ Politics. After casual greetings and brief banter about how great a beachfront interview would have been, you are quickly put at ease by his “no-ego” persona. Ash was understandably eager to discuss his latest project because it is his debut as a producer in a more dramatic mystery. “The concept originally emerged as a comedy,” Ash said. “It was to be more of a goofy American Pie in nature show, but as we worked with it more we thought it was better to take a different approach.” And it worked well. Trinity’s premiere opens with sex. A hot, young, leather wearing blonde effortlessly struts the front lawn of the over bearing castle college and makes her way to her cousin’s dorm where they engage in a steamy scene not suitable for younger viewers. In Ash-fashion, just when the mood is getting too serious, we meet a pair of clueless, hash-crazed dorm residents who give Ash permission to do what he does best: comedy. “The difference from a comedy and a dramatic series is that in comedy all the characters are almost presented to you at once. Then very briefly the rise and fall of action, climax and conclusion must be reached in order to close the show with all problems resolved and a clean slate for next week. A drama gives you the time to unfold a series of events gradually, and give these characters more depth.” One thing that holds true with Trinity is nothing is at it seems, and the timing in which these inner layers are revealed is what has gripped UK audiences sending rave reviews across the pond. Refreshing about the series is how the cold characters thaw off and the uptight relax all while being manipulated towards one very exciting cliffhanger. Undoubtedly, the desire to have another hit series on two continents doesn’t sound bad to Ash. “That would be great if the US took Trinity and did something with it like The Office! Yes! I’d be most happy if that were to happen and curious to see what twists they introduce.” So are we. Trinity comes to DVD as a three-disc set with bonus features on July 27. by Isabel Betancourt

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horoscopes Aries ( March 21 - April 20) A busy and exciting month is in store. At the end of the day, you haven’t produced a whole lot! You’re juggling, but perhaps you have too many projects up the air. You are especially chatty and very busy with errands for the first three weeks of the month, before life calms down a tad.

Taurus (April 21 - May 21)) Increased energy for tackling major projects around the home figures strongly in June, dear Taurus. So do finances, which can be a little tricky until after the 19th. If you are sitting on the fence about a purchase or investment, stay there until the last week of the month when financial thinking is clearer.

Gemini ( May 22 - June 21) You are making big impressions this month, dear Gemini. It’s a strong month for personal plans and feeling quite energized. While you’re giving off mixed signals and creating some misunderstandings until the 19th, you’ll be communicating with special ease and appeal for the remainder of the month

Cancer (June 22 - July 22) You are strongly motivated to increase your personal income flow this month, dear Cancer, and that extra effort is likely to meet with success. While the first three weeks of June are largely devoted to introspection and some level of emotional retreat, you begin to feel more in control of your life by the last week.

Leo (July 23 - August 23) Plenty of energy is at your disposal this month, dear Leo, but the question will be where to direct it. Friendships, group activities, and personal aspirations take center stage for you in June. Tricky matters with friends and lovers up until, and especially on, the 18-20, after which it’s pretty much smooth sailing.

Virgo (August 24 - September 23) Much of your time and attention is devoted to career initiatives and involvement this month, dear Virgo. You are more acutely aware of your reputation and standing. Professional projects begin to move forward. It’s not the most energetic of months, and you could be dealing with some minor romantic snags.

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Libra (September 24 - October 23) You are working hard to achieve your goals this month, not only material but also spiritual goals, dear Libra. Your spirit is especially adventurous and you are more philosophical than usual in June. A partner could be expressing more independence as well.

Scorpio (October 24 - November 22) June continues to be a strong period for work and career, dear Scorpio. You could receive public recognition for the work you do now. If you aren’t your own boss, you would very much love to be, and this attitude could cause some friction with superiors.

Sagittarius (November 23 - December 21) June is an expressive month for you, dear Sagittarius. Satisfying your itch for change and adventure seems like a good idea. Tricky matters with finances and partnerships need to be handled. Relationships become easier to manage after the 19th. It’s not a month in which asserting your will or pushing your agenda will get you very far.

Capricorn (December 22 - January 20) Getting down to business, handling the details of daily existence and focusing on improvement figure strongly in June, dear Capricorn. Your attitudes towards what makes you feel secure are changing, and there is intensity to your nature that is not necessarily apparent to others this month.

Aquarius (January 21 - February 19) A strong need for recreation and pleasure takes hold this month, dear Aquarius. Taking in plays, movies, dinner, and romantic activities are featured. Your energy levels are on the low side, so when work becomes a more pressing concern after the 20th, you might feel a little out of focus. Plenty of conversations with a partner take place, sometimes heated ones

Pisces (February 20 - March 20) Work is busy and challenging in June, dear Pisces, while your heart is with your home and family. You are more able to increase your income by performing tasks that others dislike doing this month. Career demands peak on the 18th, and then ease considerably. The question of friendship and acceptance for who you are crops up with a close partner.


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