Showtime has already established themselves as the home of groundbreaking dramas like ‘Dexter’, ‘Shameless’ and ‘The Borgias’. Now, the cable network will be adding to their roster two more new dramas that will assuredly have viewers talking.
Ray Donovan will star actor Liev Schreiber (‘Salt’) as L.A.’s best professional “trouble shooter”. He is the one called in to solve the complicated, confidential and controversial problems of the city’s elite. He can make anyone’s problems disappear, but he can’t escape the problems created by his own damaged Boston “Southie” family. Among the stellar cast of this new drama will be legendary actors Jon Voight and Elliot Gould, will play the ex-con Donovan clan patriarch and Ray’s long-time client and mentor respectively as well as Eddie Marsan (‘Sherlock Holmes’) and Dash Mihok (‘I Am Legend’), who will play Ray’s brothers and actress Paula Malcomson (‘The Hunger Games’) as Ray’s wife. Other cast members include Kate Moennig (‘The L Word’), Steven Bauer (‘Breaking Bad’), Pooch Hall (‘The Game’), Johnathon Schaech (‘That Thing You Do!’) and Peter Jacobson (‘House’). The series was created and executive produced by Ann Biderman (‘Southland’).
Masters of Sex will star British actor Michael Sheen (‘Frost/Nixon’) and actress Lizzy Caplan (‘Party Down) as the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The series will chronicle their unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory because 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 and nearly a dozen appearances on Johnny Carson’s couch. The series is adapted from the Thomas Maier book “Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How To Love”. Other cast members include actress Caitlin Fitzgerald (‘It’s Complicated’) as Masters’ wife and actors Nicholas D’Agosto (‘Heroes’) and Teddy Sears (‘American Horror Story’). It should also be noted that veteran actor Beau Bridges and actress Margo Martindale (‘Justified’) also appear in the pilot. The series was created and executive produced by Michelle Ashford (‘The Pacific’).
‘Ray Donovan’ and ‘Masters of Sex’ both received a 12-episode order, will both film in Los Angeles and are expected to debut on Showtime in 2013.