Monday, September 30, 2013
Sunday, September 29, 2013
The Long and Short of It: All Tonight's Twitter Comments about Scenes from the Book Used in the "Masters of Sex" Pilot and Huge Thanks for Making It All Happen
Here's all my Twitter comments from tonight's premiere of "Masters of Sex" and where you can find the scenes from my biography that helped inform the dramatic series on Showtime. As you can see below, the exec producers went to great lengths to use my book as a wellspring of ideas. I am very grateful and very humbled to see the book take on a new and wonderful dramatic life of its own. Congratulations to Michelle, Sarah, John, Michael, Lizzy and everyone associated with this terrific ground-breaking dramatic production, and many thanks for showing so much respect to my book and kindness to me and my family.
Tonight's premiere of "Masters of Sex" on Showtime is very true to life in its adaption of my non-fiction biography of Masters and Johnson. To learn more, please pick up a copy of the book. You click above to order from Amazon or at any local bookstore. You can also learn a lot about "Masters of Sex" -- the TV show and the book -- from reading the dispatches on this website below.
Friday, September 27, 2013
SLATE MAGAZINE calls MOS "The Best New Show on TV" with the funniest opening sentence of any review I've read so far.
TIME OUT CHICAGO likes it -- "Fall's best new show" -- based on the book by an old Sun-Timeser.
THE ATLANTIC is very generous in its praise of the show...
Michael Sheen compares "Masters of Sex" to "Hamlet" (well, sort of)...
Nevertheless, we love the wisdom of The NY Times' daily reviewer Dwight Garner. Without that review, no one is coming around making my book into TV show!
And Showtime wasn't too upset. It showered thousands of dollars in online ads to "SEX" up the front page of the Grey Old Lady today. The old girl has never looked so good!
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Party Hearty at "Masters of Sex" Premiere Party: Author's Family Is A Big Hit At Morgan Library and Sneaks into Lizzy's Afterparty Party (or so I'm told).
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
"Masters" Nears Sept. 29 Premiere: Pop-Up Interactive in NYC, Conan and Letterman with Lizzy and Wall Street Journal's Weighs In
Lizzy Caplan was on Conan O'Brien the other night, talking about her fantastic portrayal of Virginia Johnson on "Masters of Sex. Lizzy is also booked for David Letterman's show this Tuesday.
Also, The Wall Street Journal devotes a big article to our new show.
Monday, September 16, 2013
|Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen|
Love may not be free, but "Masters of Sex" is -- at least this premiere episode, now available for everyone on YouTube by simply clicking on this address. Hope everyone enjoys and don't forget to read the book!!! ThomasMaierBooks.com
Thursday, September 12, 2013
|Rolling along on Fifth Avenue, Credit: Leah via Drew, our secret agent in London.|
On the same day the Television Critics voted "Masters of Sex" the No. 2 top new show of the fall season, this lovely double-decker bus rolled down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, proclaiming "Do it. For science." It must be great to be a tourist in New York.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Plain Dealer selected "Masters of Sex" as the best new drama for this season. Says the P-D:
It's no shock, therefore, that cable might again have the best new series of the fall. Prepare yourself for "Masters of Sex," the splendidly acted 12-episode period drama that Showtime will premiere at 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. It's edgy. It's out there (way out there). It tackles a blistering range of taboo subjects. And it's funny -- very, very funny (funnier, in fact, than most of the fall's new comedies). As the title suggests, there's a lot of sex in "Masters of Sex," but, behind the racy material and all the laughs, there's a fascinating exploration of two intriguing characters: those pioneering researchers of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson (winningly played by Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan). It's obviously not meant for a mainstream audience, yet "Masters of Sex" may establish the one-time also-ran Showtime as the leader in cable's incredibly competitive quality race. The premium channel already has last year's Emmy winner for best drama, "Homeland," which sets up the "Masters of Sex" premiere, beginning its third season at 9 p.m. Sept. 29.
Showtime’s scintillating new series takes a long, hard look at the doctors who first probed the subject and set a sexual revolution in motion. Part , part , the adaptation of Thomas Maier’s popular biography follows William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) as they go from brothel to bedroom to hospital room, trying to make sense of human desire in the squeakyclean 1950s. Sure, there are enough copulating couples, vibrators, and adventures in oral sex both on and off the exam table to fully satisfy, but the real sexual energy comes from the restrained, cerebral chemistry between Sheen and Caplan. Will they? Won’t they? History says they will, but, in the meantime, we’ll enjoy every moment of charged intellectual repartee.
Inside NYC subway. Credit: Taylor Maier, Manhattan spy.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
The LA Weekly's Amy Nicolson writes: "Stop and sink into the first couple episodes and you'll see it's a smart, cold and cutting dissection of attraction and ambition with a unique sense of humor."
Las Vegas Weekly call "Masters of Sex: "A show that balances humor with historical insight and character development. Much less intense than the typical Showtime series, Masters avoids typical biopic pitfalls in favor of a relaxed pace and a refreshingly up-front attitude about sexuality."
The Week says: "No show has really dedicated itself to exploring the complexity of human sexuality. The story of Masters and Johnson's controversial sex research is a genuinely fascinating one, and the show has two stellar lead actors in Sheen and Caplan. If Masters of Sex lives up to the promise of its very strong premiere episode, Showtime finally has a series that can stand up alongside Homeland — or even surpass it. "
Rolling Stone: "13 TV Shows to Watch This Fall"
From the MSN Entertainment team: "You know how two years ago, everyone was talking about a little Showtime show called Homeland? And then last year it was all "blah, blah, have you seen that new FX show The Americans with that girl from Felicity?" THIS is the drama that will cultivate that buzz this fall. You've been given a head's up, so don't be the last to watch it. ...So in addition to showing the duos contribution to the scientific community (and the backlash it caused), the series will also track Masters and Johnson's personal stories. It's a gold mine of tales to tell - and I look forward to every second of it."
|Writer and Exec Producer Michelle Ashford with Exec Producer Sarah Timberman|
The Latin Times had this to say:
Here are four things to know about "Masters of Sex": (1) 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" which was first published in 2009 (2) The pilot of the show was directed and executive produced by John Madden, an Academy nominee. (3) Other stars of the series include: Caitlin Fitzgerald (It's Complicated), Nicholas D'Agosto (Heroes) and Teddy Sears (American Horror Story), Beau Bridges and Margo Martindale. (4) In real life, it wasn't until Maier's book that the work of Masters and Johnson was uncovered.
Monday, September 2, 2013
Thanks to Michelle Ashford, Sarah Timberman, John Madden and the show's wonderful cast and crew -- particularly stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan -- the critics seem to agree that "Masters of Sex" will be one of the best new dramas of the year. The HuffPos asked 19 of the top US critics and they put "Masters of Sex" at the top of the list. Here's a sampling:
"It's smart. It's serious. It's not snickering about the origin of Masters and Johnson's sex study. Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan are terrific in it. It doesn't feel like every other drama on cable," says Alan Sepinwall, HitFlix.
"Honestly, the best new drama is probably "Masters of Sex" on Showtime."-- Dan Fienberg from HitFlix.
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