'Ray Donovan,' 'Masters Of Sex' Return June 12

Showtime Sets Third-Season Bows for Original Dramas
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Showtime will bow the third-season debuts of top series Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex on June 12.

The shows will make their linear debuts that night at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) and 10 p.m., respectively, launching the first of a dozen, one-hour installments apiece.

Hollywood fixer skein Ray Donovan ranks as Showtime's highest-rated freshman series ever, and averaged 5.3 million weekly viewers across varied platforms and airings during its sophomore year. The Liev Schrieber- and Jon Voight-starrer earned two Golden Globe wisn and multiple Emmy nominations.  

Season three finds Ray (Schrieber) 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 (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.  Ian McShane and Katie Holmes join  the show as guest stars.

For its part, Masters of Sex (pictured), averaged 3.4 million weekly viewers in its second season. It collected five Emmy nods and was named one of AFI’s Top Ten Television Programs of the Year.

The show's third campaign is set in 1966 and William Masters (Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominee Michael Sheen) and  Virginia Johnson (Emmy-nominated Lizzy Caplan) must deal with the glare of the national spotlight following the unveiling of their sex study. It’s the start of the Sexual Revolution — and their work will have a profound impact on contemporary relationships, especially their own evolving three-way “marriage” with Masters’ wife Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald).

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