|Scene from "Masters of Sex" starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan|
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|
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 Voight. Of 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."