TVLine Items: Showtime Picks Up Liev Schreiber Series, Sons and Horror Story Castings and More

Showtime has ordered to series two new dramas, Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex.

The Liev Schreiber-starring Donovan centers on a professional “fixer” who is regularly called upon to solve the problems of L.A.’s elite. Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games), Kate Moennig (The L Word), Steven Bauer (Breaking Bad), Pooch Hall (The Game), Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do!) and Peter Jacobson (House), among others, co-star.

Sex, meanwhile, stars Michael Sheen (30 Rock) and Lizzy Caplan (Party Down) as real-life 1960s human sexuality pioneers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, exploring their unconventional lives. The drama co-stars Caitlin Fitzgerald (It’s Complicated), Nicholas D’Agosto (Heroes) and Teddy Sears (American Horror Story).

Both 12-episode debut seasons are slated to launch in 2013.

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• Billy Brown has nabbed a major role on the upcoming season of Sons of Anarchy. Per Deadline, he’ll play the right-hand man to Harold Perrineau’s Big Bad Damon Pope. Meanwhile, TVLine has confirmed that Brown will also continue with Dexter next season (premiering Sept. 30) as Miami Metro’s new straight-laced cop, Mike Anderson.

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• American Horror Story is in talks with Joseph Fiennes (FlashForward) to play the boss/object of attraction for Jessica Lange’s asylum administrator in Season 2, EW.com reports.

Valerie Cruz (Dexter) has booked a potentially recurring role in Season 2 of Homeland, EW.com reports, as an intelligence officer who accompanies Carrie on a mission to Beirut.

• Matt Gerald (The Shield) will guest-star next season on Dexter as a violent blue-collar criminal, per EW.com.

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• Amy Aquino (ER, Felicity) will recur in Season 3 of Being Human. Per Deadline, she’s been cast as a women who aids in finding the now-lost Sally.

•  Greek alum Amber Stevens will guest-star as a romantic interest for ABC Family’s titular Baby Daddy, THR.com reports.

• Joy Behar is set to host her own show, tentatively titled The Joy Behar Show, on Current TV beginning in September. The View co-host’s latest venture will focus on politics and pop culture.

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