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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Nothing to Watch? Fear Not in 2013. "Masters of Sex" on the Critics List of What to Look For in New Year. "The Balancing Act" of Drama and Humor, Sexy or Geeky? Read the Book and Watch the Show, Then You Decide -- Just Like They Say on Fox News!!

Ok TV fans, "Masters of Sex" -- the new Showtime series based on the bio of Masters and Johnson -- is being touted as one of the top new shows to keep an eye on in the new year. Everyone is trying to figure out what it's going to be like -- a dramedy or a comedra? Superserious or super-sexy? What's fun to watch are some of the opinions out there. I have my own thoughts too. Entertainment Weekly's top critic Ken Tucker put MOS in his top 3 shows to check out in 2013. Tucker says:
Starring Michael Sheen (The Queen) and Lizzy Caplan (Party Down) in the title roles, Masters of Sex will be interesting to the extent that it explores female sexual desires as much as it does men’s urges. And, of course, always crucial with subject matter like this, the degree to which the sex in the show is dealt with as clinical and turn-on. Leave out either aspect, and the result will be disappointing; play up either too much, and dullness could rule. One of the trickier balancing acts on upcoming TV.
I think Tucker 'balancing act' observation is very perceptive. If you read the reviews of the book, particularly the NY Times, you'll find that there was indeed some humor and wit mixed in with the serious stuff about Masters and Johnson's life together. And I know Michelle Ashford, the creator of the series, is intent on bringing that same balance to the series. They start filming in Hollywood in mid-January. Director John Madden has described the series as a combo of 'Mad Men' and "House' -- the short hand for a series with a long narrative arc a la Mad Man but also the 'procedural' of case studies found on House. But importantly, I think the comedic aspects will be witty and ironic without being creepy or leering, and will go a long way towards setting up some of the drama and tragedy that will follow. When a show has two actors as naturally witty as Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, you have an added bonus. In a sense, I'd like to see the show have the same sense of humor and wit about sex as the 1963 Oscar winner "Tom Jones" or Madden's own 1998 Oscar winner 'Shakespeare in Love'. Ken Tucker is right: it'll be a real balancing act.
In Time magazine, TV critic James Poniewozik also cites "Masters of Sex" as a show to look out for in 2013. And Digital Spy includes "Masters of Sex" on its list of 15 exciting new TV shows for 2013. Showtime showed a snippet of "Masters of Sex" on a commercial right after the season finales of "Homeland" and "Dexter" and it sparked this response from the Sean O'Neal on the always fun to read website, A.V. Club. You can see the whole Showtime video snippet on that website or on Showtime's site.

Friday, December 7, 2012

First Glimpses of "Masters of Sex" In Trailer from Showtime, Seen This Sunday and Next During "Homeland"; Show Based on Book Re-Issued for Series



Here is the edited Showtime press release that went along with the new trailer for the series. A new edition of "Masters of Sex" will be published by Basic Books to co-incide with the series.


SHOWTIME® OFFERS FIRST LOOK AT ITS 2013 NEW DRAMA SERIES
MASTERS OF SEX
 NEW YORK – December 7, 2012 – Today, SHOWTIME released the first look at its two new dramas RAY DONOVAN, starring Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award nominee Liev Schreiber and Oscar® winner Jon Voight, and MASTERS OF SEX, starring Emmy and BAFTA Award nominee Michael Sheen and acclaimed actress Lizzy Caplan. RAY DONOVAN  and MASTERS OF SEX mark Liev Schreiber and Michael Sheen’s first lead television roles. As the newest additions to the network's critically-acclaimed and award-winning slate of original series, both dramas will premiere in 2013. The first look trailer can be accessed on the network's website: http://s.sho.com/TMass2 and on YouTube: http://youtu.be/BC1eWcE8cTo. SHOWTIME will premiere the first looks this Sunday, December 9, on-air during the penultimate episodes of the network’s top two-rated series Dexter® and Homeland, as well as during the highly-anticipated season finales of both series on Sunday, December 16.
 MASTERS OF SEX is a one-hour drama starring acclaimed actors Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, who will portray the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The series chronicles the unusual lives, romance, and pop culture trajectory of Masters and Johnson. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a mid-western teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine and nearly a dozen appearances on Johnny Carson's couch. Caitlin Fitzgerald (It's Complicated), Nicholas D'Agosto (Heroes), and Teddy Sears (American Horror Story) also star. Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor Beau Bridges and Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale also star. The series is an adaptation 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 pilot was directed by Academy Award® nominee John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). Produced by Sony Pictures Television, Michelle Ashford (The Pacific) and Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly (JustifiedA Gifted Man) serve as executive producers.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Michael Sheen Talks about Translating "Masters of Sex" Book Into Upcoming Showtime Series


   With the new edition of "Masters of Sex" soon to come out, actor Michael Sheen is being asked about translating the book into the new Showtime series "Masters of Sex." Sheen was asked these questions while promoting his new film, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2." 

CraveOnline: I got to see a preview of “Masters of Sex” at the Television Critics Association this summer. What sort of research did you do on Masters and Johnson?
Michael Sheen: There’s the book obviously about Masters and Johnson which I read, which was fantastic and really useful. I met an OB/GYN guy here in L.A. who had been working around the same time that Masters was working, so I got a sense of what the world was like at that time as well. As we go into series now, in late January I think we start shooting, then I’ll start doing more and more research again but it’s a fascinating, fascinating story. There’s the possibility of telling that story season after season if it goes that long, but their story goes through the ’50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s. Who knows? We’ll see but their story actually goes through that time because their story is mirrored by what’s going on in society in each decade in terms of their relationship to sex. So it’s kind of fascinating, the sexual revolution of the ‘60s into the ‘70s. Then the influx of porn in the ‘70s and the sexual liberation. Then you’re starting to see the advent of AIDS in the ‘80s and how all those things affect their work and how their work affected all those things, so it’s a fascinating story. I’m looking forward to it.
Of course they probably showed us the most outrageous sexual clips, but is every day a closed set on that show?
Michael Sheen: Pretty much, yeah. It’s kind of full on. It’s pretty intense with all that stuff because obviously the nature of their work is sex research. He started off by working with prostitutes, watching prostitutes at work through a little peephole, writing everything down to then working in secret within the hospital and doing research with women. He invented this machine which was this sort of glass dildo really with a light inside it that you could look through and watch what’s happening whilst a woman brings herself to climax. That’s not something you see every day on a TV show. And then eventually he’s monitoring people having sex with each other, strangers having sex so it’s pretty intense every day, but fascinating.
Do you have to be prepared to go full frontal, or is your character safe from that?
Michael Sheen: I don't know, we’ll see. I don't think anyone’s safe. I think at some point everyone will get involved, so we’ll see what the writers come up with.
So that’s the outrageous side. What is the meaty drama side of it?
Michael Sheen: Well, it’s about these people and the relationships between them because for all the work they were doing on sex, their own private lives were very, very complicated and not as open as the work they were exploring. It is a really fascinating dynamic between these characters.

Having seen some clips for your new Showtime drama series Masters of Sex, it’s clear that theshow will really go there. 
SHEEN:  Oh, it goes there, yes!  
Was that challenge of the material part of what attracted you to it?
SHEEN:  I think so, yeah.  What really attracted me was that there’s such potential there.  With something like that, you could potentially end up doing seven seasons, but all you’ve got to go on is one pilot episode.  So, when I read the pilot episode, I thought there was such potential, in all kinds of ways.  What the subject matter is about is interesting and different, and we haven’t really seen that before.  It’s very intense.  And I thought there was a lot of opportunity there to really explore something we find taboo, in some ways, and a bit embarrassing.  I thought that was interesting.  But then, there’s just the lives of these characters because they’re real people.  I’ve read about their lives, so I know the major events and the things that they were dealing with.  Thinking about how that might play out, over multiple seasons, I thought there was so much richness and potential there.  The whole thing, really, was exciting. 
How is Lizzy Caplan, as a co-star?

SHEEN:  She’s great fun!  She’s got a great background in comedy, but she’s a fantastic actress, as well.  I think it could be really exciting.  I’m looking forward to getting the scripts now, for the first season. 


Tell us about Showtime's "Masters of Sex," which you are producing and starring in.IMichael Sheen: t's a series that we did the pilot for earlier this year that is based on real people, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who in the late '50s and early '60s were pioneering sex research. A lot of their work was controversial and, when it was published, led to a huge reaction and the sexual revolution. Their private lives were very complicated and unusual. Their story plays out over the decades and their lives reflect the changes in society over that period of time. It's a fascinating story with a lot of potential, so I'm looking forward to it.
You and Lizzy Caplan have a Showtime series coming up calledMasters of Sex, about sexual researchers Masters and Johnson. It sounds a bit like Kinsey, which was made by your Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon.
Michael Sheen: Kinsey was sort of around a few years previous to Masters and Johnson, and his work was really based on questionnaires, so the big difference was that the work the Masters did was with actual people, you know. It wasn't just asking questions and compiling information. This was about actually looking at the effects on the body of sex, which obviously involves having bodies to research on, and since it's on Showtime, you get total freedom really in terms of exploring it. It should be fascinating.
Lizzy Caplan has said that she's agitating for you to go nude in the show, in the name of equal representation.
Michael Sheen: [Laughs.] Well, I think some things are best enjoyed in small doses. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Lizzy Caplan: "Well, read the book!" when asked about "Masters of Sex", the new Showtime series starring talented actors Caplan and Michael Sheen

Here's what Lizzy Caplan had to say to WNBC in New York about her new Showtime series "Masters of Sex" based on the book of the same name.

Tell me about your TV show.
It's called 'Masters of Sex'. It's on Showtime. I don't know the air date. We shot the pilot but we haven't begun shooting the series yet. It's about Masters and Johnson, the famed sex researchers in the 1950s. I play Virginia Johnson and Michael Sheen plays William Masters. It's based on this book, this biography of the two of them, and it is one of the most fascinating stories I've ever read. It is so outlandish, what these two people did, and yet it all really happened. And so I'm very excited to make a show where if anybody's like, 'No, that's unbelievable.' It's like, 'Well, read the book.' Because these people did it. And they did it in real life in Missouri in the '50s.
How did you get your hooks into her? What helped you crack the code as to who she was?
Well, I read the book, and there were little things peppered throughout the book that were pretty strange coincidences. Just little tiny things that wouldn't be mind-blowing but that I started to feel sort of connected to her. And there was something so brave to me about this woman who was so comfortable with her sexuality at a time where women weren't. They had no ownership over their own sexuality. And she was this twice-divorced woman with two kids and a nightclub singer and she sort of hustles her way into this hospital and becomes this doctor's assistant all by virtue of her own moxie and personality.
And she becomes half of what is the most important sex researcher team that I think has ever been. Showing up on set with Michael Sheen, who's an actor who I respect so much – I refer to him as a real actor because he's like played Hamlet and is one of those trained actors. And it felt like the dynamic was already in place because I felt like this scrappy little comedy actress coming in and playing with this big gun. And that was how it was for the two of these people, so before we even started rolling it was like, 'Okay, whoever's casting this show is smart because they're setting up this like power situation like from the get-go.' And Michael and I have since become good buddies and we're gonna have a blast shooting the show. And I'm like ridiculously excited.
Crazy sex fact that you learned as a part of that gig?
The craziest sex fact that I learned as a part of that gig was that before Masters and Johnson kind of blew the lid off this, everybody considered the male orgasm to be the only important orgasm, the only one that mattered. And it's all Freudian s***, like the virginal orgasm was the only one that counted and a clitoral orgasm was bullshit. And like people really lived their lives like that. That's crazy. I'm gonna have to say the word 'clitoral' so many times in the next year.

Director John Madden Talks About "Masters of Sex" And Suggests "A Long Life" for the Project

Director John Madden recently talked about the making of "Masters of Sex" for Showtime and his hopes for the project based the book.

Here's a snippet from the interview.

Is it exciting to also have Masters of Sex picked up to series at Showtime?
MADDEN:  I loved [making the pilot].  I’m very involved in it.  It’s a very interesting world, it’s a very cool story, and it unleashes all kinds of things that you don’t normally see dealt with or questioned.  It was a fantastic script.  I loved doing it.  I’m thrilled it’s been picked up.  I think it will have a long life.  And I will remain very centrally involved in it, I hope. 
As a producer, or are you looking to direct more episodes?
MADDEN:  Well, certainly as an executive producer, and quite possibly to direct it.  It’s just that the first phase of production probably coincides with a movie that I’m supposed to do.  But, I’ll definitely come back to it.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Michael Sheen Talks about Showtime "Masters of Sex" while on "Breaking Dawn" Tour

In this interview, Michael Sheen is asked about the upcoming Showtime series "Masters of Sex" and his starring role as Dr. William Masters, based on my biography of Masters and Johnson. I believe Michael will be terrific in this role and that he and Lizzy Caplan will be a dynamic duo together.




New Updated Edition of "Masters of Sex" for 2013 Along with Showtime Series "Masters of Sex" Based on Book; Stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan

     In April 2013, Basic Books will be re-issuing "Master of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love," which is the basis for the new Showtime series of the same name coming out in 2013. Actors Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan play Masters and Johnson in the new series.
    The re-issued book will feature a new afterword about the reaction to the book in 2009 and some new details about the making of the Showtimes series.
    An original first edition of the book can be also purchased at Amazon. 


Monday, October 22, 2012

Shooting Begins in January for "Masters of Sex", Showtime Prez Announces. Series to Debut in 2013

           

 The filming of 12 episodes for "Masters of Sex" -- the new drama starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan -- will begin this January, Showtime president David Nevins told Variety. This brand-new series, based on the book of the same name, is be filmed in Los Angelese. The pilot was shot in New York and Long Island earlier this year.


Variety: Could 'Homeland' and 'Masters of Sex' Be Paired Together for Sunday Nights Next Year? Possibility Floated in Interview with Showtime Prez

Could "Masters of Sex" appear on Sunday nights next year around this time with the Emmy-winning "Homeland"?

Variety suggested in an interview with Showtime's David Nevins that such a possibility could be in the cards.
Here's a portion of that interview:
It's hard to overstate how "Homeland's" success is shaping the direction of Showtime. The pay cabler hopes to capitalize on its momentum with "Homeland," as well as "Shameless" and "House of Lies," with two new drama series on deck for next year, "Masters of Sex" and "Ray Donovan." Nevins hinted that one or both may wait until this time next year in order to get the promo boost of premiering alongside "Homeland" or "Dexter."

Thursday, September 20, 2012

NY Times Mentions "Masters of Sex" In Praising "Breakout" Actor Lizzy Caplan for Upcoming Season

The New York Times touts "Masters of Sex" in calling its star Lizzy Caplan one of the "breakout" actors for the upcoming year. Caplan plays Virginia Johnson in the new Showtime series based on the book "Masters of Sex", along with actor Michael Sheen who plays Dr. William Masters.




   Here's what Times reporter Dennis Lim said in his Sunday Arts and Leisure section feature:

   Already something of a veteran of American comedy at 30, Lizzy Caplan has built up a résumé of sharp supporting turns in hit movies (“Mean Girls,” “Hot Tub Time Machine”) and television cult favorites. But “Bachelorette” — the bawdy “Bridesmaids”-meets-“Hangover” farce that the writer-director Leslye Headland adapted from her own Off Broadway play — is the first opportunity for the bright, sardonic, immensely likable Ms. Caplan to demonstrate her range on the big screen.
    This is shaping up as an overdue banner year for Ms. Caplan, who had two films at the Sundance festival (“Bachelorette” and the breakup comedy “Save the Date”) and just shot a Showtime pilot, “Masters of Sex,” about the sex researchers Masters and Johnson, with Michael Sheen.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

CBS Chief Mentions "Masters of Sex" at Company Conclave

    CBS president Les Moonves gave "Masters of Sex" a nice mention at today's company presentation of its second quarter results: 

"At our Cable Networks segment, Showtime continues to lead the way as we post stellar results quarter after quarter. The strength of our original programming is driving increases in rates and subscribers, which is now approaching the 22 million mark. Next month, we'd be premiering the highly anticipated second season of Homeland which recently received the most Emmy nominations of any new show, and also Dexter, which remains our top-rated series. In addition, we'll be debuting 2 exciting new dramas, Ray Donovan and Masters Of Sex early next year. We have ownership in both of those shows, and going forward, we will be increasing the Showtime content that we own whenever we can."

Monday, July 30, 2012

Showtime Gives TV Critics Glimpse of "Masters of Sex", to Debut in 2013 Emphasizing "Enormous Wit" and Drama Along with the Steamy Stuff



Scene from "Masters of Sex" starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan
    David Nevins, president of entertainment for Showtime, spoke with the Television Critics Association for their network sessions today, premiered the first clips from new series “Masters of Sex.” Here some of what was said by the TV press:
The Oregonian: Perhaps the most interesting-sounding new offering, "Masters of Sex," isn't arriving until 2013. Michael Sheen and Lizzy Kaplan star as William Masters and Virginia Johnson in the series, which is adapted from 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 preview clips shown were a wow. John Madden ("Shakespeare in Love," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel") directed the pilot episode. But we have to wait -- the series won't debut until 2013.
From A.V. Club:  That’s a tone that seems to extend to the network’s latest pick-ups. Nevins introduced footage from new dramas Ray Donovan and Masters Of Sex at his executive session at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, and both look to be at the very least intriguing. The more interesting is Sex, which is filled with fairly blatant depictions of sexual activity (as you’d expect in a series about the famous mid-20th century Masters/Johnson study of human sexuality) but also lots and lots of solid laughs. Michael Sheen and Lizzie Caplan are the leads, and if the show lives up to the trailer, it will be the weird sex comedy/period piece America didn’t know it wanted. Donovan was a bit more standard issue, what with its tortured antihero dealing with the sins of the past and his father, but it stars Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight, and any excuse to get those two to snarl at each other is a good one. Its “Hollywood fixer” milieu could also be promising, though the situation set up in the trailer was solved a bit too cutely.
From Crave Online: With new shows, “Masters of Sex” stars Michael Sheen as human sexuality doctor William Masters and Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson, based on the book by Tom Maier. 
Showtime's David Nevins
  “It’s serious stuff and you’ve got serious drama," said Nevins. "Michael Sheen is a great dramatic actor. I wanted the clip to reflect that it’s going to be fun and have wit to it. The script has enormous wit but the fundamentals do come from the book and it will continue to feed. They have 20-plus years together so the stuff of Thomas Maier’s book will continue to feed the series for years to come.” The clip shows liberal nudity and sexual situations, though mostly revealing of the woman. Nevins promised equal opportunity nudity. “Yes, only fair.”In casting Sheen, Caplan and others, nudity was part of the deal. Some actors insisting on “no nudity” clauses could not be considered. “That ruled out some people. A show like that, the subject is human sexuality so you have to be willing, you have to be comfortable to do it.”
New York Daily News: So one of the unspoken goals of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” a 12-part series that will debut next year and dramatize the pioneering sex research of Masters and Johnson, is to remind viewers that not so long ago, even clinical discussion of sex in terms of biology, psychology or physiology was considered bad form.Showtime previewed the first clips from the show to TV critics here Monday, and they played like a dramedy, with often-graphic re-creations of the experiments and snappy sitcom-like exchanges. What the series will not be, said Showtime president David Nevins, is a documentary about the researchers. “It will examine their fascinating relationship and follow their pop-culture trajectory from a St. Louis teaching hospital to Johnny Carson’s couch.”
San Francisco Chronicle: Thank heavens Showtime president David Nevins allowed us to be the first to see clips from two new shows coming to the premium outlet in 2013, “Masters of Sex,” about famed sex researchers Masters and Johnson and starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, and “Ray Donovan,” a new series about the ultimate LA fixer, played by Liev Schreiber and with a cast that includes Elliott Gould and Jon VoightOf course, it’s still going to take a while longer to look at Sheen and not think “Tony Blair is researching the female orgasm,” since he nailed the former prime minister, so to speak, in two films."

From the Fien Print on HitFlix. 1:42 p.m. Showtime has two new dramas premiering in 2013. Up first, we get clips from "Masters of Sex." We see lots of clips of modern representations of sex. The pilot, directed by John Madden, has a great look, with its period setting and Michael Sheen seems amusing. This definitely looks much livelier than "Kinsey." Lizzy Caplan also looks terrific and... yes... nudity. Beau Bridges looks interesting and funny and... no nudity. I have no clue what this show is, but it definitely seems potentially smutty and arty and intriguing. And... lots of nudity. I mean... Starz-level nudity. Using "Making Whoopie" for the promo is silly. But whatever.
From Variety:  Showtime is high on upcoming drama series "Masters of Sex," with Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, and Liev Schreiber starrer "Ray Donovan," from "Southland" creator Ann Biderman. Nevins said he's not sure when those series will launch, but that it would likely be announced in the 
first quarter.
Winnipeg FreePress: Showtime sizzles, today and tomorrow: U.S. cable's Showtime network usually takes a back seat to HBO when it comes to press-tour presentations, but this time around, the specialty-net home of Dexter, Weeds, Homeland and The Borgias had the most engaging set of sessions during the cable portion of the TV-press marathon. In addition to intriguing interviews with the likes of Mary-Louise Parker, Claire Danes and Michael C. Hall, Showtime also provided sneak previews of two great-looking projects in its future-schedule plans: the dark, violent Hollywood scandal-fixer drama Ray Donovan (which stars Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight), and the sex-researcher biopic Masters of Sex (which stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan).

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"Masters of Sex," w/Martin Sheen & Lizzy Caplan as Masters & Johnson, looks sharp & funny. 


Very intrigued by 'Masters of Sex' footage -- Star Lizzy Caplan talks about her role on the sex-heavy series here: 



Intrigued by the lengthy cutdown of "Masters of Sex" Showtime just showed. Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan together at last. 

Showtime's "Masters of Sex" looks really good. Definitely not a show you want to accidentally get stuck watching with your dad, you know?
Two-word Jesse Pinkman review of Showtime's "Masters of Sex" trailer: "Yeah! Science!" 
Masters Of Sex, created by Michelle Ashford and directed by John Madden, is coming. We're watching a clip. SEX AT TCAs!! OMG!!!




Thursday, July 19, 2012

Showtime Chief Talks About "Masters of Sex" On Emmy Nomination Day

The Stars

Emmy Nomination Day brings out fond wishes for next year when "Masters of Sex" will make its debut. In a brief interview, Showtime Chief David Nevins talks to The Wrap about his upcoming series. It stars Michael Sheen as Dr. Masters and Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson. The series is adapted from "Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How To Love", Basic Books in hardcover and paperback.


Showtime's David Nevins
We talked briefly with Nevins about the Emmys, why he thinks the network will have more actors in competition next year, and a "revitalized" upcoming season of "Dexter."
TheWrap: Congratulations. Do the nominations today reflect a particular strategy for Showtime paying off?
Nevins: Thank you. The strategy is simple: to make great television that's provocative and not boring. There's no grand strategy beyond that. ... "Homeland" is a show that's very personal to me. It feels like we've really broken through. It's great to be recognized in all the big categories.
Were you surprised by Don Cheadle's nomination?  
I was hoping for Don Cheadle. That was the big one. I wasn't really surprised. I kind of looked at that category and thought he had a real shot.
How much do nominations help you?
It's important for these first year shows. We're in 21 percent of the homes in the country. It's hard to get our younger shows noticed. ... We build from here. "Homeland" and "House of Lies" are going to be mainstays for the foreseeable future for this network.
And we've got two new shows we're really excited about, "Masters of Sex" and "Ray Donovan." We're about great acting and great writing, and creating roles for actors. Maybe you'll see ["Ray Donovan" leads] Liev Schreiber or Jon Voight or ["Masters of Sex" leads] Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan getting nominations.