Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Masters of Sex Ends Its Run After 4 Seasons. Drama Based on My Book Won Several Honors, including Emmy Win, Golden Globe Best Drama Nom, and Worldwide Audience

With my wife Joyce at a 2015 Showtime event.
After four wonderful seasons, Masters of Sex -- the drama based on my biography of Masters and Johnson -- has ended its run on Showtime. I got the call yesterday from executive producer Sarah Timberman and showrunner Michelle Ashford and thanked them for everything, especially their many kindnesses to me and my family.

Masters of Sex was viewed in more than 20 countries and brought a whole new audience for the book, which was reprinted in several languages, including Spanish, French, Portugese and Chinese. Indeed, while talking to a group of journalists at the United Nation this month, a reporter from Taiwan told me how popular MoS is in China. 

Lizzy Caplan and myself on Sony set
Despite this sad news, I'm incredibly proud of what Masters of Sex achieved. Since its debut in September 2013, Masters of Sex has received numerous critical honors including an Emmy win for Allison Janney, a Golden Globe nomination for best drama, Emmy nominations for Lizzy Caplan and Beau Bridges, and critical acclaim for Michael Sheen and Caitlin FitzGerald. I was particularly pleased when NYT columnist Maureen Dowd called the show "mesmerizing." The Guardian in London discovered the book and called it "gripping." Many critics today were very respectful today, with the much-esteemed Alan Sepinwall calling it "once great" and Bustle which said ending the series was simply "a huge bummer". 

Masters of Sex forever changed my writing career and was full of fun and thrills -- not only for me but for my family, friends and colleagues. As I've often said, 'I think every author should have a hit TV show!'

As a producer, I want to thank TV fans for all your support and, as the author, I urge you to pick up the book for the holidays if you've not read it, lol! Stay tuned for more TV too in the days ahead.
Actor Michael Sheen with my three sons, Drew, Reade and Taylor (l-r).

Monday, November 28, 2016

Washington University Celebrates Masters and Johnson 50th Anniversary with Tribute to Showtime Series and Book.

Washington University in St. Louis sends along these photos from the 50th Anniversary celebration of Masters and Johnson held there earlier this month. It featured myself and Michelle Ashford, the showrunner for Showtime's Masters of Sex, the Emmy-winning drama based on my bio of the two researchers. 
For years, Wash U shunned Masters and Johnson and didn't make any mention of them in the university's history book. I'm delighted to say the success of the TV show and book prompted the university to embrace M&J's legacy, arguably the most remarkable scientific endeavor ever conducted there. The Wash U folks were very hospitable and I'm particularly grateful to Prof. Susan Stiritz for prompting this tribute. I was delighted to be on stage with Michelle who just finished editing Season 4's finale. Hopefully Showtime approves a fifth and final season.