‘Masters of Sex,’ ‘Ray Donovan’ Renewed by Showtime

Get ready for more sex research and bare-knuckled problem-fixing from Showtime

Showtime has given Season 3 orders to its dramas “Masters of Sex” and “Ray Donovan. The series were renewed for 12 episodes with production scheduled to begin early next year.

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“Both ‘Ray Donovan’ and ‘Masters of Sex’ are quintessentially Showtime: bold, provocative, premium television with production values at the top of the food chain,” David Nevins, president, Showtime Networks said of the renewals. “These acclaimed shows are filled with complex and interesting characters and settings that will no doubt give audiences compelling television to invest in for seasons to come.”

“Masters of Sex,” starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, is up for five Emmys this year.

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“Ray Donovan,” meanwhile, stars Liev Schreiber as Los Angeles’s best professional fixer to the rich and famous. The series counts Mark Gordon among its executive producers.