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'Masters of Sex' heats up summer on Showtime for second season

Martin Sheen and Lizzy Caplan star and Masters and Johnson in Masters of Sex on Showtime
Martin Sheen and Lizzy Caplan star and Masters and Johnson in Masters of Sex on ShowtimeCraig Blankenhorn/SHOWTIME

"Masters of Sex" is returning for a hot summer of drama on Showtime for a second season on Sunday, July 13, 2014, according to a media announcement emailed on March 19. The drama about sex research pioneer Masters and Johnson will follow the second season of "Ray Donovan"on Showtime's Sunday night lineup.

"Masters of Sex" is a critically-hailed drama that was named one of AFI’s Top Ten Television Programs of the Year in its freshman season. The spicy drama stars Golden Globe nominee Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson.

Season one of "Masters of Sex," which debuted in September 2013, averaged 4.8 million weekly viewers, up double digits versus "Homeland’s record breaking freshman season. The drama was honored with both Golden Globe and Writers Guild Award nominations.

The series explores the lives of the real-life human sexuality researchers, their unusual romance and the pop culture trajectory. Masters and Johnson's research touched off the sexual revolution of the 1960s. The pair met and worked at a mid-western teaching hospital in St. Louis and their work garnered worldwide fame and landed them the cover of Time magazine.

As the conclusion of season one, Masters and Johnson became estranged and were moving in different directions, largely because Martin's (Sheen) impending fatherhood.

William Masters' wife, Libby Masters (Caitlin Fitzgerald) had secretly gone to Dr. Ethan Haas (Nicholas D'Agosto) for fertility treatments, which were finally successful. Masters was so irate that he fired Dr. Haas from his staff.

Lizzy (Caplan) went to work with dying docter Dr. Lillian DePaul (Julian Nicholson) and renewed her romantic relationship with Ethan, the doctor fired by Masters.

Keke Palmer is joining the season two cast in the guest starring role of Coral, the nanny hired by the Masters to care for their new baby.

The cast for season two of "Masters and Johnson" includes: Martin Sheen as William Masters, Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson, Caitlin Fitzgerald as Libby Masters, Teddy Sears and Annaleigh Ashford. Betsy Brandt and Keke Palmer are guest stars.

The Showtime series 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."

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