Showtime Picks Up 'Ray Donovan,' 'Masters of Sex' to Series


Showtime has picked up the dramas Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex to series, with debuts set for sometime next year. 

The former stars Liev Schreiber in his first role as a TV series regular. Schreiber plays Ray Donovan, an LA-based "trouble shooter," who solves complicated and confidential problems for the city's elite, but can't seem to escape his own past. The series also stars Jon Voight and Elliot Gould. Ray Donovan was created and executive produced by Ann Biderman (Southland).

Masters of Sex portrays the story of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, considered the pioneers of the science of human sexuality. The series stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in the title roles. Masters of Sex was created and executive produced by Michelle Ashford (The Pacific).

"Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex, each in their own distinctive ways, represent the caliber of programming we want to bring to our subscribers," said Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins in announcing the pick-ups. "Both series are ambitious and expansive, and feature great writing and great acting. I'm so excited for viewers to experience these two new dramas, which I believe will prove to be fantastic complements to our current slate of programming."