Showtime Picks Up ‘Masters Of Sex’ & ‘Ray Donovan’

Showtime picks up two new pilots: “Ray Donovan” and “Masters of Sex.” Both dramas are slated to premiere 2013.

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan star in “Masters Of Sex.” The actors will play the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson.  The series chronicles the unusual lives and romance of Masters and Johnson.  The series is an adaptation of Thomas Maier’s book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson.  Academy Award nominee John Madden directed the pilot.

Liev Schreiber plays a titular character “Ray Donovan.”  The series follows  Ray (Schreiber)L.A.’s best professional “trouble shooter.” Ray is always called to solve the city’s problems but the only problem the  “trouble shooter” can’t resolve are caused by his own damaged Boston “Southie” family. The pilot was directed by Allen Coulter.

“‘Ray Donovan’ and ‘Masters of Sex,’ each in their own distinctive ways, represent the caliber of programming we want to bring to our subscribers,” David Nevins, president of entertainment at Showtime, said in a press release. “Both series are ambitious and expansive, and feature great writing and great acting.”

The hour-long dramas have both received 12-episode orders.

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