Take a Look-see at Showtime's New Dramas Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan (VIDEO)

By Tim Surette

Dec 07, 2012

Showtime has a huge opportunity to gain some ground on chief rival HBO thanks to the kick in the ass it's received from its kick-ass drama Homeland. With the Emmys fawning over the Claire Danes-starring thriller, the network is enjoying a lot of attention. But how does one follow up one's first big original drama hit? With lots of sex and a guy who makes dead transsexuals disappear, of course!

Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan are the two new series Showtime hopes will keep up its current momentum, and though we've known about them for like forever, today we finally get extended looks at both.

Masters of Sex stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as real-life 1960s sex pioneers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as the titular character, a "fixer" for rich Hollywood types who makes mistakes (think dead hookers) disappear. Showtime has been pretty non-specific about when both series will debut, saying only that they'll show up sometime in 2013.


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  • mcepin3 Dec 12, 2012

    ....come to new series,unlike anything else on television...

    and yet they can't even let curse words be unedited or how you call that.

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  • bicelis Dec 10, 2012

    Both of these shows look like they could be very very good. Besides they have to sell them on the most common denominators: sex, violence, action, but we don't know if those elements will be the prevalent ones in the actual episodes.

    Besides, Lizzy Caplan! Jon Voight!

  • numberonecubsfa Dec 10, 2012

    Ray Donovan is a generic and crappy name for a tv series. That said, I'll check it out since it looks interesting and I love Liev Schreiber. I just hope the generic title doesn't put people off giving it a look.

  • AssandroJourn Dec 09, 2012

    from these previews second show looks better to me. Liev Schreiber is da man! and I like Angelina Jolie's father NYC accent) but its premise looks implausible to me. I doubt that there is some fixer who makes dead hookers disappear in Hollywood. nowadays every fart and shit of celebrity will be known by public and police in a second.

  • Acrobit Dec 10, 2012

    Sure about that? As they say, "Our failures are known, our successes are not."

  • Acrobit Dec 09, 2012

    I want both of these to be good, but Masters of Sex had better be effing fascinating, Michael Sheen or no. If it starts out slow and dry like Mad Men or Boardwalk, I don't think it'll last long enough to pick up a base. I think Ray Donovan would've been better if he didn't have a family, but it might do okay. Watching the preview up there, I really don't have a good feeling about either of them.

  • LeePierce Dec 09, 2012

    A guy who fixes things, but can't fix his own life... seems a bit overdone, but still looks interesting.

  • wingsabre Dec 09, 2012

    I think Masters of Sex will be one of those guilty pleasures. Probably in the same mode as the L word or Desperate Housewives. May start out hot but it can fizzle quickly.

    I think Ray looks more compelling of a series, and in a way, looks like a feasible replacement for Dexter.

  • angeleys151 Dec 09, 2012

    I take some issue with the assertion that Homeland is Showtimes first hit drama. Dexter, The Tudors, and The Borgias are all hits. They may not have the same notoriety as shows like Game of Thrones, or Rome, but Showtime has consistently good programs, where as HBO has been slipping in recent years only coming out with a good show every so often. All of this doesn't even include comedies or "dramadies" like Shameless, Nurse Jackie, Weeds, or The Big C; all of which have had at the very least Emmy nominations if not wins.

    Moving past that though I'm looking forward to both. Michael Sheen and Liev Schrieber are both amazing actors who (in my opinion) pick excellent projects to work on, so I can't wait to see what they've chosen this time.

  • TeddyBearZA Dec 09, 2012

    Showtimes always has the best shows. 2013 looks like it will be off to a good start.

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