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'Masters of Sex' freshman season a hit for Showtime

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"Masters of Sex" concluded its freshman season with an increase in viewership according to a Dec. 16, 2013 announcement emailed to media by Showtime Networks. The season finale of the drama, starring Martin Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, aired on Dec. 15 following the season finale of "Homeland."

The drama has collected critical accolades, including a Golden Globe nomination for lead actor Martin Sheen and a Writer's Guild Awards nomination for the series. "Masters of Sex" was also named one of AFI's Top Ten Television Programs of the Year. Golden Globes embrace freshman series on Showtime

Showtime wrote that the series "finished its impressive freshman year run up 21 percent versus its season premiere at 10 p.m. and up 8 percent versus its premiere night. Season-to-date, "Masters of Sex" averaged 4.8 million weekly viewers, up 13 percent versus "Homeland’s" record-breaking freshman season."

"Masters of Sex" is a drama based on the lives and research of "Masters & Johnson," sex researchers often credited with leading the sexual revolution.

The drama includes the graphic sex research and the relationship between Dr. Masters (Martin Sheen) and his assistant Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan). In addition to changing attitudes toward sex, the drama touches on the changing role of women in the workplace in the 1960s.

"Masters and Johnson" stars Martin Sheen as Dr. Masters, Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson, Beau Bridges as Dr. Scully, Caitlin Fitzgerald as Libby Masters, Nicholas D'Agosto as Dr. Ethan Haas, Allison Janey as Margaret Scully, Julianne Nicholson as Dr. Lillian DePaul, Teddy Sears and Margo Martindale.

"Masters of Sex" was created and executive produced by Michelle Ashford ("The Pacific"). The series is executive produced by Timberman Beverly Productions' Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman, and Judith Verno. Michael Sheen and Tammy Rosen serve as producers. The drama is is produced by Sony Pictures Television

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