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Great Review for "Masters of Sex" Box-Set of All Four Seasons

Great Review on PopMatters for the Four-Box Set.
MASTERS OF SEX: THE COMPLETE SERIES (BLU-RAY)MICHELLE ASHFORDMill Creek
21 Aug 2018
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Showtime's Masters of Sex (2013-2016) focused on William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson's (Lizzy Caplan) pioneering work on sexuality. As the series opens in the '50s and ends in the early '70s, it touches on a great deal of social history, including gender politics, race relations, and sexual identity. At the center of the series are Bill and Virginia, navigating a complicated and often fraught landscape that goes from a complete rejection of their work to a national popularity that makes them household names. It's an ambitious proposal to tell such a large story, but one that creator Michelle Ashford and her team of writers is prepared to tackle, mostly to great success.
One of the series' ongoing themes is the inherent unhappiness of many of its characters. Bill is haunted by an abusive childhood that colors al…
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"All That Glitters" to be Bravo Miniseries Based on Award-Winning Book

Delighted to announce ALL THAT GLITTERS has been given a greenlight as a six-hour mini-series for BRAVO. I'm teaming again with my Masters of Sex exec producer Judith Verno at Sony and with the wonderful Gale Anne Hurd ("Walking Dead") to put this all together!

 It all began as an article for Newsday's Sunday magazine that piqued my interest in doing a book about S.I. Newhouse Jr.'s glittering media empire. Newhouse really was the king of culture in NYC at the time. Later, the late great New York Newsday editor Don Forst ran a four-day series based on excerpts from the book, which was quite controversial at the time. The Times hated the book, the WashPost liked it, and Liz Smith loved it and devoted her whole column to it. I won the Frank Luther Mott Award for best media book, a prize that heroes of mine like Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr, David Halberstam and Meyer Berger had won in the past.
So yes, much of the TV drama will focus on the so-called rivalry between Tina…

British Spying in New York -- How Churchill and British MI6 Kept an Eye on Joe Kennedy in pre WII America.

I'm not given any credence to President Trump's claim of British spying in Manhattan. But if true, it wouldn't be the first time. For  my 2014 book WHEN LIONS ROAR: The Churchills and the Kennedys," I found British National Archives files that reveal  surveillance reports on former U.S. Amb. Joseph P. Kennedy's activities in America after he returned home from London. The British spy agency MI6, with Churchill's approval, kept an office for covert spying inside Manhattan's Rockefeller Center. British  agents collected reports about Kennedy who was an outspoken opponent of U.S. entry into World War II. Churchill and the British spy agency were concerned with Kennedy's impact on American public opinion. One of those who kept an eye on Kennedy was British actor Douglas Fairbanks in Hollywood.

Here's an excerpt from "WHEN LIONS ROAR" that mentions it...

Chapter 25

“The Masters of Our Fate”

“Men are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of t…

This Trump-Vatican connection isn't the first.

This Vatican connection to an American presidency isn't the first. My books on the Kennedys examined the impact of religion and cultural background on JFK's presidency-- a different approach from the usual examination of "presidential character" through the dominant Freudian influences of the mid-20th Century. My two books particularly looked the remarkable exchanges between JFK's father Joe Kennedy and Count Enrico Galeazzi, the Vatican's top administrator for Pope Pius XII,and how it affected events with FDR in 1936, the CIA's Allen Dulles in 1958 and of course the 1960 presidential race against Richard Nixon. David Nasaw and I discussed this at the JFK Library back in 2014. There are a lot of little historical gems to find with this approach. For instance, read in WHEN LIONS ROAR how Joe Kennedy was pushing FDR in 1940 to tap into the Vatican intelligence network of concordats to find out more about Nazi Germany's spreading influence. Or how Joe wro…

Memories of My Father, James Maier

Awards and Nominations for Masters of Sex

This is the partial list, hopefully more for the last season given out in 2017.

Golden Globes, USA 2014 Nominated
Golden GlobeBest Television Series - DramaBest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Michael Sheen
Primetime Emmy Awards 2016Nominated
Primetime EmmyOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Allison Janney
For playing: "Margaret Scully". Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series
Mary Ann Valdes(department head hairstylist)
Matthew Holman(key hairstylist)
George Guzman(hairstylist)
Showtime Networks
For episode: "Matters of Gravity". Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period Program (One Hour or More)
Elizabeth Hershberger Gray
Valerie Green
Halina Siwolop
Primetime Emmy Awards 2015Nominated
Primetime EmmyOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Allison Janney
For playing "Margaret Scully". Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Beau Bridges
For playing "Barton Scully". Outstanding Production Design for a Na…

Masters of Sex Ends Its Run After 4 Seasons. Drama Based on My Book Won Several Honors, including Emmy Win, Golden Globe Best Drama Nom, and Worldwide Audience

After four wonderful seasons, Masters of Sex -- the drama based on my biography of Masters and Johnson -- has ended its run on Showtime. I got the call yesterday from executive producer Sarah Timberman and showrunner Michelle Ashford and thanked them for everything, especially their many kindnesses to me and my family.
Masters of Sex was viewed in more than 20 countries and brought a whole new audience for the book, which was reprinted in several languages, including Spanish, French, Portugese and Chinese. Indeed, while talking to a group of journalists at the United Nation this month, a reporter from Taiwan told me how popular MoS is in China. 
Despite this sad news, I'm incredibly proud of what Masters of Sex achieved. Since its debut in September 2013, Masters of Sex has received numerous critical honors including an Emmy win for Allison Janney, a Golden Globe nomination for best drama, Emmy nominations for Lizzy Caplan and Beau Bridges, and critical acclaim for Michael Sheen a…