Mar 25 2015

TV News: Showtime Sets Summer Premieres of Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex


Fans who have anxiously been awaiting the premiere dates of Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex don’t have to wait any longer. Showtime announced today the critically acclaimed, award-winning dramatic series will return this summer on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 9:00 pm ET/PT and 10:00 pm ET/PT, respectively. Each will have 12 one-hour episodes.

For more information on what the new seasons will include, check out the press release below.


NEW YORK, NY March 25, 2015 – SHOWTIME has set the summer premieres for two of its critically-acclaimed and award-winning dramas – RAY DONOVAN and MASTERS OF SEX.  Both series will premiere on Sunday, July 12th at 9 p.m. ET/PT and 10 p.m. ET/PT, respectively, and each will have 12 one-hour episode seasons.  RAY DONOVAN stands as the network’s highest-rated freshman series ever and averaged 5.3 million weekly viewers in its sophomore year, and earned two Golden Globe win and multiple Emmy nominations.  MASTERS OF SEX, which averaged 3.4 million weekly viewers in its second season, was honored with five Emmy Award nominations and was named one of AFI’s Top Ten Television Programs of the Year.

Liev Schreiber as everyone's favorite fixer, Ray Donovan

Liev Schreiber as everyone’s favorite fixer, Ray Donovan

RAY DONOVAN stars two-time Golden Globe® and Emmy® nominee Liev Schreiber as LA’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away.  Season three finds Ray adrift from his family and those closest to him, while he focuses on his business and desires to be his own boss.  Meanwhile, his father Mickey (Jon Voight, in his Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning role), who had narrowly escaped last season’s heist debacle, finds himself charting a similar course to build his own empire.  Joining the show this season are guest stars Ian McShane, Katie Holmes and Elliott Gould. The cast also includes Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey and Devon Bagby. A SHOWTIME production, the series was created by Ann Biderman and is executive produced by David Hollander, Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff.

Michael Sheen and Lizzie Caplan as William Masters and Virginia Johnson in Masters of Sex

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as William Masters and Virginia Johnson in Masters of Sex

The year is 1966, and MASTERS OF SEX season three finds the famed duo of Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) dealing with the glare of the national spotlight as their sex study is finally unveiled. It’s the start of the Sexual Revolution — and Masters and Johnson’s work will have a profound impact on contemporary relationships, especially their own evolving three-way “marriage” with Masters’ wife Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald). Starring Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Michael Sheen and Emmy nominee Lizzy Caplan as real-life pioneers of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, MASTERS OF SEX chronicles their unusual lives, romance and pop-culture trajectory.  Masters and Johnson’s research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a mid-western teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine. 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.  MASTERS OF SEX was developed for television by Michelle Ashford (The Pacific) who also serves as an executive producer. In addition, the series is executive produced by Sarah Timberman, Amy Lippman, Dave Flebotte, Carl Beverly and Judith Verno. Michael Sheen, Tammy Rosen and Thomas Maier serve as producers. MASTERS OF SEX is produced by Sony Pictures Television.

Photos courtesy of Michael Desmond/© 2015 Showtime Networks, a wholly owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation. All Rights Reserved.




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