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Sex plays a pretty prominent role in many scripted series on TV today, whether it's network, basic cable or premium cable, comedy or drama, sex is often a relevant topic to be explored. Showtime's new drama Masters of Sex puts sex front and center, on display in the name of science. Well, mostly science. Sex is complicated. It's emotional and physical and biological all at once, and Masters of Sex demonstrates all of that as it tells the story of Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson...
Showtime has graciously offered us an early look at their new series Masters of Sex ahead of its official September 29 premiere. Watch it ahead, but be warned, as you may have guessed by the title, this series contains adult language and content. Viewer discretion is advised!
If Showtime is trying to "arouse America's curiosity" with their new poster, they may very well have succeeded. While the two stars, Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen, sit looking conservative at the center of the key art, the rotated "E" in "Sex" tells a different story.
With so many new series about to be unloaded on us as the fall season looms ever closer, trying to figure out which ones we're most excited about was no easy task. But there are some comedies and dramas that really are brimming with potential this fall, thanks to great premises and in some cases, some really excellent talent involved. Whether or not these shows actually live up to that potential remains to be seen, and we'll find out in a matter of weeks. In the meantime, here's our list of shows we're especially excited about, listed in no particular order.
Showtime’s latest program, Masters of Sex, will follow William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson at the start of their partnership. The network has finally put togetehr an extended trailer for the series, and audiences can see a show with wit and romance that should make for an interesting conversation starter.
It looks like Allison Janney is intent on getting back into television. About a month ago, we learned that the West Wing star was signed on to star alongside Anna Faris in Chuck Lorre's CBS comedy pilot, Mom, and it also looks like we'll be seeing her in Showtime's upcoming drama series Masters of Sex, playing the wife of Beau Bridges character.
Showtime decided to combine their first look at Masters of Sex with their first look at Ray Donovan, two promising looking series that, when presented back to back against one another, have noticeably different tones. One is risqué and sexy, the other suspenseful and a little violent. Both look like they could be great new series for the premium cable channel.
Showtime will have two new drama series on the way; they’ve picked up both of the pilots they ordered this season, Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex. The first stars Liev Schreiber as a guy who “fixes” the scandalous problems of the rich and famous. The second is not nearly as titillating as the name implies – it’s actually about two pioneers in the field of human sexuality who were at the roots of America’s sexual revolution.
Showtime has recently made a effort to cast film stars to head their most recent series and it's a strategy that seems to be working out quite well. Of course, that doesn't mean there haven't been a few casting bumps along the way, like Paul Bettany walking away from the upcoming Masters of Sex pilot. However, Showtime has done a tremendous job picking up the pieces by casting Michael Sheen in the vacated role and Lizzy Caplan to co-star.
It looks like it’s back to the drawing board as far as casting goes for Showtime’s drama pilot Masters of Sex. British actor Paul Bettany was set to play one of the two lead roles in the project, however it’s been reported that he’s no longer attached to star.
Most of Paul Bettany’s acting credits are big screen projects, among which is the recently released Margin Call, however it looks like the British actor may be headed to the small screen as he’s signed on to star in a Showtime drama pilot called Masters of Sex.