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.