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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 ba…

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: and on YouTube: will premiere the first looks t…

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 th…

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 th…

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.

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. 

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."

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 (“…

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."

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

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 fromThomas 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 O…

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

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.

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…