Say Hello to Showtime's Newest Series: Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex

Showtime added to its litter of originals today by formally picking up two new, long-talked-about series. Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex will debut sometime next year, but I'm not sure there's much to get excited about other than the promise of seeing more (much more) of Lizzy Caplan.

Ray Donovan will star Liev Schreiber as a Los Angeles-based "fixer," "trouble shooter," and any other term you might use to describe someone who makes a living out of solving other people's problems discreetly and privately. The show is also being sold as a family drama, with Ray's South Boston family causing problems... that Ray can't fix! Typical! Jon Voight, Elliot Gould, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, and Paula Malcomson also star.

Masters of Sex chronicles the lives of real-life sex pioneers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, played by Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, respectively. The real-life figures founded the Masters and Johnson research team, which helped usher in the sexual revolution in the late '50s. The show will be 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. Caitlin Fitzgerald, Nicholas D'Agosto, and Teddy Sears also star.


What say you, intelligent reader? Either of these tickle your pickle?


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I'll try both, as they both have kinda interesting premises and I generally like the leading cast for both shows (Liev, Lizzy, and Marty).
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The thought of seeing a lot more of Lizzy certainly "tickles my pickle" and Martin Sheen is a fantastic actor so I'll be watching Masters of Sex, but I'll probably give both of them the four episode test at least.
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Big Time pass on both
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Michael Sheen is one of the most underrated actors.. Definitely will watch Masters of Sex
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That's right, I know him so well, I call him by his secret pet name...Lieb.





I should really learn how to type.
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Double pass I think.

Love Lieb, but they lost me on the family drama part.
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Live Schreiber is great.



As for Masters of Sex. I have read most of the studies that William and Virgina did. I think it will be an interesting show if they stick to things that they actually do. However I wonder if there will be any controversy considering they were one of the first people publicly to run a "cure the gay" program out of their institute. Though I think Virginia admitted to not wanting to do that later in life. But if they stay true to the reality of their lives. It will be interesting to see it portrayed. Also Lizzy Caplan is fantastic and I am sure she will do well in the show.
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Since I am required by the law of me to watch anything with Liev Schreiber in it, I guess I'll be forced to watch Ray Donovan... even if it sounds a little boring.
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big liev schreiber fan ...and it wouldn't hurt to give a lizzy caplan show a chance.
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Picture me well tickled... I would watch Liev Schreiber in just about anything and Donovan sounds like it could be even interesting...



Michael Sheen could be fun as Masters - he's a very dignified vampire in the unbelievable Twilight Saga films so he surely can make this one watchable....
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Both do a bit but concern me a bit too. I mean done right they can be genius but done wrong in anyway it's almost farcical. Based on their respective premises I'll give them both a try though. After all what else is there to this summer right? ;)
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the rest doesn't interest me, but you had me at Lizzy Caplan.
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"Tickle your pickle", Tim? Really?

I will probably wait on reviews of the pilots before committing to watching, but I hope they're both good.
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Ray Donovan sounds pretty meh... Oh and it's Liev Schrieber by the way, not Live. Masters of Sex i'll check out only because of Lizzy Caplan.
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