Showtime Picks Up Liev Schreiber, Michael Sheen Dramas to Series

Liev Schreiber's "Ray Donovan" and Michael Sheen's "Masters of Sex" both get the go-ahead for 12-episode seasons

Liev Schreiber and Michael Sheen will be hanging out at Showtime for a while.

The network has give series orders to Schreiber's "Ray Donovan" (pictured) and Sheen's "Masters of Sex," the network said Monday. Both series have been given the greenlight for 12 one-hour episodes and will film in Los Angeles for a 2013 premiere.

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"'Ray Donovan' and 'Masters of Sex,' each in their own distinctive ways, represent the caliber of programming we want to bring to our subscribers," Showtime Networks' president of entertainment David Nevins said. "Both series are ambitious and expansive, and feature great writing and great acting."

"Ray Donovan" stars Schreiber in the title role as Los Angeles' top "trouble shooter," who solves sticky problems for the city's elite, but can't seem to make the problems of his own damaged, Boston-bred family disappear. Jon Voight and Elliot Gould also star.

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"Masters of Sex" stars Sheen as pioneering sex researcher William Masters, who set the ground for the sexual revolution and gained celebrity with his study of human sexuality. Based on the Thomas Maier's book "Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How To Love," the series also stars Lizzy Caplan as Masters' wife and research partner, Virginia Johnson.

  • Thomas Maier

    Hey there, if you’d like to know more about Masters and Johnson — or my book “Masters of Sex” which is the basis for the television series — please contact ThomasMaierBooks [dot] com. On this website, there is a lot of material about the making of this new show from my biography. You can also obtain the book “Masters of Sex” at the Showtime website.