"Masters of Sex," the new Showtime series about sex research pioneers Masters and Johnson, is now available for advance viewing, according to a Sept. 17, 2013 media announcement from Showtime Networks. The drama stars Emmy nominee Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as real-life human sexuality researchers Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson
The series premieres on Sept. 29 (10 p.m. ET.PT), but viewers can see the premiere episode in advance on multiple platforms, including the Showtime website, YouTube, via select television providers' free On Demand channels, on Showtime on Demand and Showtime Anytime.
The fledgling series is scheduled to debut after the season three premiere of Emmy winning hit thriller "Homeland." Emmy winning drama Homeland scores 11 Emmy nominations
"Masters of Sex" is about the pioneering researchers on human sexuality, William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson Lizzy Caplan). Their controversial research touched off the sexual revolution and changed pop culture. The story opened with Dr. Masters hiring Johnson as a research assistant in a Midwestern teaching hospital in St. Louis.
Dr. Masters was married, but, during the course of their research, a sexual relationship and romance blossomed between the co-workers. Masters and Johnson subsequently married, but they eventually divorced. Both Masters and Johnson are now deceased.
The research involved hooking human subjects to electrodes and sensors and observing them in the actual act of intercourse and orgasm. The subject matter is adult, since nudity and graphic sexuality is portrayed.
"Masters of Sex" also stars Caitlin Fitzgerald ("It's Complicated") in the role of Masters' wife; Nicholas D'Agosto ("Heroes") and Teddy Sears ("American Horror Story"). Emmy and Golden Globe® Award-winner Beau Bridges and Emmy winner Margo Martindale also appear in the series.
"Masters of Sex" 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. The pilot episode was directed and executive produced by Academy Award® nominee John Madden ("Shakespeare in Love," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel").
'Masters of Sex" was created and executive produced by Michelle Ashford (The Pacific). The series is also executive produced by Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Judith Verno. Michael Sheen, Tammy Rosen and Thomas Maier serve as producers. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television.