Showtime Renews 'Homeland,' 'Masters Of Sex'

Both Series To Return in 2014 With 12 New Episodes

Showtime has greenlit new seasons for Emmy-award winning series Homeland and freshman series Masters Of Sex, the network announced Tuesday.

The terrorism-based drama Homeland (pictured), which stars two-time Emmy-winning actress Claire Danes, will return for a 12-episode fourth season in 2014. The network’s most watched series is averaging 6.5 million viewers across all plays and platforms, up 26 percent compared to the 5.1 million viewers the show generated during for its second season during the same time frame.

Masters Of Sex, which follows the lives of human sexuality pioneers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, will return next year for its sophomore campaign with 12 new episodes, said network officials. The series is averaging 5.4 million viewers across all plays and platforms, up 33% from Homeland’s first season in the same time frame.

Homeland continues to prove its strength for Showtime, and is one of television's most exciting, provocative and widely-discussed shows ... it has grown its audience significantly in each of its three seasons," said David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc., in a statement. “The critical and audience reaction to Masters Of Sex since its great launch has been incredibly gratifying.”