Showtime Renews Ray Donovan, Masters of Sex for Third Seasons

Masters of SexOK, Masters of Sex: You got us. We started watching the Showtime period drama – which follows researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson's 1950s investigation into human coupling – for its titillating premise. Imagine our surprise when the bedroom (or rather, laboratory) scenes turned out to be the show's most perfunctory element. You want to talk real eye-grabbing? Watch Michael Sheen's buttoned-up pillar of science fall to pieces after his wife's horrific miscarriage. Witness Lizzy Caplan's jazz-singer-turned-secretary grasp her future with both hands as she enrolls in medical school. And even after hundreds of topless (and bottomless) scenes, the Michelle Ashford-created series is never so naked as the moment that Masters realizes he's fallen for his velvet-voiced assistant – and makes a beeline to her house to tell her so. If you're looking for top-shelf, Emmy-worthy drama, Masters of Sex – pardon the pun – nailed it

Showtime has some very good news for two of its hit sophomore series: both Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex will return for 12-episode third seasons.

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“Both Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex are quintessentially Showtime: bold, provocative, premium television with production values at the top of the food chain,” Showtime president David Nevins said in a statement. “These acclaimed shows are filled with complex and interesting characters and settings that will no doubt give audiences compelling television to invest in for seasons to come.”

Donovan and Sex wrap their sophomore seasons on Sunday, Sept. 28

(TVLine’s Cable Renewal Scorecard has been thusly updated.)

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  1. Carm says:

    Great! Love both shows! Now if I could only find time to catch up on both.

  2. Tran says:

    Showtime must be very happy but did they renew Penny Dreadful for a second season?

  3. wrstlgirl says:

    Love Ray Donovan but I’m struggling a bit with this season of Masters. Bored out of my mind actually but I’m sticking with it.

    • Miranda says:

      I’m the complete opposite. Ray Donovan is a very messy, inconsequential show filled with wasted talent. While Masters of Sex is boldly forging ahead with incredible performances and delving deeper and deeper into its core characters. I’m intoxicated by it.

  4. Dan Gibson says:

    Am very pleased to see MASTERS continue … however, the writers have taken the saga WAY off track into some totally fictional corners in the last two weeks — c’mon guys, bring it back to reality — the factual M&J story is more than compelling ! Kaplan & Sheen are terrific … (And I LUV Sarah Silverman — but for totally prurient reasons … !)

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  6. FtheFrey says:

    Awesome news!!!!

  7. Ultrawoman says:

    Yay! Masters of Sex was renewed!!!