Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What I Did On My Summer Vacation: Visiting "Masters of Sex" in Hollywood

Hollywood is grand this time of year. The Emmy nominations are out, and "Masters of Sex" has five of them, including best actress for Lizzy Caplan. Last week, I spent five days in Los Angeles on the set of "Masters of Set", attending parties, and chatting with Michael Sheen on location. One of these days I'm going to get my photo taken with Michelle Ashford and Sarah Timberman, the two executive producers, who were so busy I couldn't stop them. Everyone was in good spirits, though tired, as the last days of shooting Season 2 were winding up. Here some of the photos from my trip.

Michael Sheen on location and in costume.
Check out the book in author Thomas Maier's hand.
Lizzy Caplan in costume as "Virginia Johnson" with author Thomas Maier

Costume expert Ane Crabtree
Amy Lippman, exec producer
and director Adam Bernstein

Teddy Sears and author Thomas Maier
at "Masters of Sex" party for press at Sony lot

Lizzy Caplan and some coffee
My son Reade Maier stands in front of Dr. Masters' MG car.

Chatting with Lizzy Caplan

Director Michael Apted at "Masters of Sex" press party

Outside the Masters of Sex Writer's Room
with son Reade Maier

Typing up "Masters of Sex"?

Reade Maier and Angela, Lizzy's stand-in

Author Thomas Maier at Dr. Masters' desk.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross Interview About "Masters of Sex" -- A Primer for Season 2 Starting Sunday July 13

Just in time for Season 2, listen to an hour-long "Fresh Air" program devoted to "Masters of Sex", as host Terry Gross interviews Thomas Maier, the author of the book of the same name that is the basis for the Showtime series. Maier is also a producer of the show. Here's a short snippet of the "Fresh Air" introduction: 

This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. The new Showtime series "Masters of Sex" that premieres in September is based on the book about sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson by my guest Thomas Maier, who is also a consultant for the series. Masters and Johnson became famous in the 1960s for their groundbreaking and controversial research into the physiology of human sexuality.
Instead of just asking people about their sex lives, Masters and Johnson actually observed volunteers engaging in self-stimulation and sexual intercourse. Changes throughout their bodies during arousal were measured with medical equipment. Until Maier's book, Masters and Johnson research techniques remained shrouded in secrecy, but he was able to uncover information through interviews with their friends, family and former colleagues, as well as extensive interviews with Johnson. She died last week at the age of 88.
Maier's book, "Masters of Sex," which was first published in 2009, has just been published in a new paperback edition. Maier is an investigative reporter for Newsday and is also the author of a book about the famous pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock. We're going to be talking about sex research and getting into birds and bees territory you may not have explained to your children. So parents, use your discretion.
Let's start with a clip from the pilot of the Showtime adaptation of "Masters of Sex" starring Michael Sheen as William Masters and Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson. In this scene, Masters has asked Johnson to assist him with his research. She's been working as a secretary in his OB/GYN office, knows nothing about his sex research and is surprised to see him carrying a handful of girlie magazines.http://www.amazon.com/Masters-Sex-William-Virginia-Johnson/dp/0465079997

Watch "The Making of 'Masters of Sex'" -- Now for Free on Amazon or Part of the Sony Season DVD/Blu-Ray package

Michelle Ashford
Sarah Timberman
 Hope everyone gets to watch "The Making of Masters of Sex", either by buying the new DVD/Blu-Ray of Season 1, or by going to Amazon and playing this short documentary for FREE. In it, exec producers Sarah Timberman and Showrunner Michelle Ashford explain how this show was developed from my biography of Masters and Johnson. Both these terrifically talented execs carefully put the whole series together under the auspices of Sony Pictures Television and its home network of Showtime. I'm very proud of my association with them and I think all of the accolades and hosannas being tossed at the show, as it begins its second season, are because of their hard work and tremendous insights. Congrats to these two wonderful execs and many thanks for your kind words about my book.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

FIVE Emmy Nominations! Congrats to Lizzy Caplan, Beau Bridges, Allison Janney and Masters of Sex art and title experts.

Lizzy Caplan with author Thomas Maier on the set of
"Masters of Sex" during filming of the pilot in NYC.

Congratulations to Lizzy Caplan on her richly-deserved Emmy nomination for Best Actress. Kudos to Beau Bridges and Allison Janney for their guest star nominations! 
Masters of Sex earned five nominations for its premiere season including nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Lizzy Caplan, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for Beau Bridges and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Allison Janney
Season one of MASTERS OF SEX received both Golden Globe® and WGA nominations and was honored as one of AFI's Top Ten Television Programs of the Year.  Starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as real-life pioneers of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the series chronicles their unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory. 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. 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. Caitlin FitzgeraldTeddy Sears and Annaleigh Ashford also star.  MASTERS OF SEX was developed for television by Michelle Ashford (The Pacific) who also serves as an executive producer.   In addition, the series is executive produced by Carl BeverlySarah TimbermanJudith Verno and Amy Lippman.  Michael Dinner, Michael Sheen,Tammy Rosen and Thomas Maier serve as producers.  MASTERS OF SEX is produced by Sony Pictures Television.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Life.com Features "Masters of Sex" with Newly Discovered Photos of Masters & Johnson; Read Original Photo Essay about MoS and TV's Culture Today

Ahead of the July 13 Season 2 premiere of Showtime’s Masters of Sex, LIFE.com presents an exclusive essay by Thomas Maier, the author of the book on which the series is based, looking back at the revolutionary work of Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson—as well as their intensely fraught personal relationship—through the lens of LIFE photos from 1966.Read More at LIFE.COM.

Read more: The Real ‘Masters of Sex’: LIFE With Masters and Johnson, 1966 | LIFE.com http://life.time.com/culture/the-real-masters-of-sex-life-with-masters-and-johnson/#ixzz36yM5QqSm

Authors Night in Hamptons Features MAFIA SPIES

Alec Baldwin and Thomas Maier. This year's Authors Night for the East Hampton Library promises to be as much fun as in years pas...