Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Showtime to Premiere 'Ray Donovan' & 'Masters of Sex' in July

Last year, Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex each launched successful behind established hits Dexter and Homeland respectively. For their second seasons, they will have each other as Showtime has set a Sunday, July 13 premiere date for both series, with Ray Donovan at 9/8c. and Masters of Sex at 10/9c.

Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as LA's best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city's celebrities, superstar athletes and business moguls' most complicated and combustible situations go away. Season one came to a close with an epic showdown resulting in Boston mobster and fugitive, Sully's (James Woods) demise. Season two will explore the fallout of his murder for Ray, his father Mickey (Jon Voight) and the FBI, headed by LA Bureau Chief Cochran (new guest star Hank Azaria). As the season unfolds, Ray continues to seek balance between the demands of his family, including his volatile relationship with Mickey, and the demands of his Hollywood clients.

Ray Donovan also stars Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moenning, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey and Devon Bagby. Elliott Gould will return as a special guest star for season two. In addition to Gould and Azaria, guest stars on the season include Ann-Margret, Wendell Pierce, Sherilyn Fenn, Vinessa Shaw, Brian Geraghty, Heather McComb and Kip Pardue. Ray Donovan is created and executive produced by Ann Biderman.

Starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as real-life pioneers of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, Masters of Sex chronicles their unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory. Their researched touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a mid-western teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine. The series is an adaption of Thomas Maier's book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How To Love.

The second season of Masters of Sex will also star Caitlin Fitzgerald, Teddy Sears and Annaleigh Ashford. Betsy Brandt and Keke Palmer will recur on the upcoming season. Masters of Sex was created and executive produced by Michelle Ashford.