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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