Two high-profile series are heading to Showtime for premieres sometime in 2013: Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan.
Masters of Sex stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as William Masters and Virginia Johnson, respectively — the real-life pioneers of the study of human sexuality whose research, lives, and relationship will be the focus of the show. It's based on the book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How to Love, by Thomas Maier. Oscar-nominated director John Madden has helmed the pilot episode. British actor Sheen got his start on the small screen before recently transitioning to more film work (with the exception of a 2010 arc on 30 Rock) while Caplan played a major guest role on the first season of Fox's hit show New Girl.
The other 12-episode-pickup recipient, Ray Donovan, is headlined by Liev Schreiber in the titular role as Los Angeles's "trouble shooter," a guy who solves the biggest problems of the city's most prominent residents ... and we're not talking computer problems. The ensemble cast includes Jon Voight, while Southland's Ann Biderman is the brains (and executive producer) behind the show.