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Showtime Renews Emmy-Nominated 'Masters of Sex' and 'Ray Donovan' for Third Seasons

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 20, 2014 at 1:09PM

My favorite summer TV series is "Masters of Sex," which has deepened its exploration of male-female relationship dynamics in its second season. So I'm delighted to report that Showtime has renewed the hourlong series about the work and life of the famous sex research couple Masters and Johnson for a third season, along with hardboiled drime series "Ray Donovan," starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight.
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Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in Showtime's "Masters of Sex"
'Ray Donovan'
'Ray Donovan'

My favorite summer TV series is "Masters of Sex," which has deepened its exploration of male-female relationship dynamics in its second season.  So I'm delighted to report that Showtime has renewed the hourlong series about the work and life of the famous sex research couple Masters and Johnson for a third season, along with hardboiled drime series "Ray Donovan," starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight.

Both shows are up for Emmy Awards, with “Masters of Sex” in contention for five including Lizzy Caplan-- Allison Janney already won Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama at the Creative Arts Emmys last weekend. Voight is a nominee for playing Mickey Donovan (more on movie stars who shine in TV roles here). (Why "Masters of Sex" is one of the best shows on television here.)

“Ray Donovan” averages five million weekly viewers on multiple platforms, with “Masters of Sex” coming in under four million weekly viewers.


Both series will start production of twelve-episodes in early 2015.

This article is related to: Masters Of Sex, Ray Donovan, TV, TV News, Emmys, Emmy Awards, Awards, Television, Television, Lizzy Caplan, Jon Voight


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.