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"Masters of Literary Allusions" or is it "Showrunners of the Written Word"? Why "Masters of Sex" Is One of the Most Literate Shows on Television

In The New York Times, critic Alessandra Stanley writes about the new second season of HBO's "True Detective" and compares this so-called golden age of television to the 19th Century narrative fiction by writers like Charles Dickens often unveiled in serial form.
There are plenty of people who insist that auteur-driven television series like “True Detective” are the 19th-century novels of the visual age. That’s certainly arguable, though in fairness, the compliment should go both ways — Balzac, Dickens and Trollope are the showrunners of the written word   In this Emmy nominating season, I wanted to share a thought or two about Masters of Sex, and why it should be given more even artistic consideration by its peers than may seem obvious. By any measure, "Masters of Sex" is a pre-eminent showrunner of the written word. Yes, it is entertaining. But in its own reflective way, it is also art.
   This all sounds rather pretentious, I realize. Literary allusions are …

Lizzy Caplan on 'Kimmel' and Michael Sheen on 'Conan' Talking about Season 3 of "Masters of Sex"

Lizzy Caplan's Hollywood Reporter Interview for the Emmys. Season 3 Poster is Revealed

Great in-depth interview with Lizzy Caplan who was nominated for Best Actress with last year' Emmy and hopefully wins this year. (I think the two episodes for Best Drama are dynamite). I'm so happy and especially proud of all that Lizzy has achieved with this role with the promise of much more down the road.

Big TONY Award Wins for Masters of Sex Cast! Annaleigh Ashford Wins a BEST ACTRESS award and Christian Borle Wins a Best Actor Award: Both Shine in the Cast of "Masters of Sex"

A lot of Hoopin' and A-Hollerin' Tonight on the Old Homestead as two of our favorites from "Masters of Sex" won Tony Awards!!

Annaleigh Ashford won the Tony for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play. Annaleigh Ashford was awarded best featured actress in a play for her performance in You Can't Take it With You at the Tony Awards on Sunday night.

"Oh my goodness, thank you Lord!" Ashford said. "I can't believe I'm standing here … for the worst dancing on Broadway." She went on to thank her husband for holding her hand and her heart and "everybody I've ever met!" for the win.

Annaleigh is a wonderful actress and comic talent who plays the role of "Betty DiMello " on Masters of Sex. Annaleigh was in the very first scenes of Masters of Sex and has been an integral part of the cast ever since. She's also been extraordinarily gracious to me and my family, both on the set of Masters and when we v…

Perfect Gift for Father's Day: a Book about Fathers and Sons in Great Dynasties. Read about the Kennedy and Churchill Families. What Makes Greatness? Consider Winston Churchill and JFK and the People Surrounding Them. Reveals one of the great untold political scandals of the 20th Century -- I'll drink to that, Joe!

The paperback for WHEN LIONS ROAR is coming out in October with a big announcement. But for Father's Day on June 21, please consider the hardcover LIONS book about fathers and their sons, both great and not so much. The Washington Post review by Douglas Brinkley really underlines all that I was hoping achieve with this book. The book reveals one of the great political scandals of the 20th Century and in effect re-writes the history between these two dynasties. No less than that. Check it out. I hope you (and the fatherly-like figures in your life) get a chance to enjoy it.

Be it Cable or Cord-Cutters, More People To Find "Masters of Sex" On Their SmartPhones Apps and other Apple Devices in Time for Jukly 12 Season Three Debut. But read the BOOK first!

Let's forget all the techno gobbley-gook and get right to the point: "Masters of Sex" will now be available for streaming on Apple phones and other devices with the new Showtime app that will become available in time for the Season 3 debut on July 12. That's all those cord-cutters, cable refuseniks and other artless wonders need to know to catch up on America's best drama show. And maybe they'll still have a few bucks to go out and read the acclaimed book about Masters and Johnson that is the basis for the Showtime series! 
From the Wall Street Journal:  CBS Corp.’s long-anticipated stand-alone streaming service for its pay-TV channel Showtime will debut this summer with Apple Inc.on board as its launch partner.
Showtime’s streaming service will launch on Apple devices in early July and will be running by July 12 when new seasons of the network’s popular dramas “Ray Donovan” and “Masters of Sex” are scheduled to premiere. CBS is in talks with other distributo…