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

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Showtime has picked up drama pilots Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex to series. Both have received 12 episode orders and will film in Los Angeles this fall for premieres in 2013.

Created by Ann Biderman (SouthLAnd), Ray Donovan is a richly textured family drama that centers on Ray Donovan, L.A.’s best professional “trouble shooter.” He’s the one called in to solve the complicated, confidential and controversial problems of the city’s elite. He can make anyone’s problems disappear…except the ones he can’t escape created by his own damaged Boston “Southie” family. The series stars Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Paula Malcomson, Kate Moennig, Steven Bauer, Pooch Hall, Johnathon Schaech, Kerris Dorsey, Devon Bagby and Peter Jacobson.

Masters of Sex stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, who will portray the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The series chronicles the unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory of Masters and Johnson. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a mid-western teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine and nearly a dozen appearances on Johnny Carson’s couch. Masters of Sex marks Sheen’s first regular series role for television. The series is an adaptation of Thomas Maier’s book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How To Love.

Speaking of the series pickups, David Nevins, President of Entertainment for Showtime, said: “Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex, each in their own distinctive ways, represent the caliber of programming we want to bring to our subscribers Both series are ambitious and expansive, and feature great writing and great acting. I’m so excited for viewers to experience these two new dramas, which I believe will prove to be fantastic complements to our current slate of programming.”