"Masters of Sex" has been renewed for a second season, according to an Oct. 22, 2013 emailed press announcement from Showtime. The freshman series, starring Martin Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, is still airing its first season and will return with its second season in 2013, according to the announcement made by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.
The drama about famed sex researchers Master and Johnson gets a strong lead from Emmy winning thriller "Homeland," which was renewed for a fourth season. Thriller Homeland renewed for fourth season by Showtime
“The critical and audience reaction to 'Masers of Sex' since its great launch has been incredibly gratifying," said Nevins in the press announcement. "It's a privilege to get to work with such talented and creative people as Alex Gansa ("Homeland") and Michelle Ashford, as well as their tremendous casts. They have each created truly original shows, with distinctive voices that are among the most admired series on television.”
"Masters of Sex" currently averages 5.4 million weekly viewers in its freshman season, up 33 percent from "Homeland’s"first season in the same time frame.
The series stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, who portray real-life human sexuality pioneers, William Masters and Virginia Johnson who conducted ground breaking research in the 1960s. The series chronicles their unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory. The 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.
The series 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-winning actor Beau Bridges and Emmy award winner Margo Martindale also appear.
The pilot episode was directed by Academy Award® nominee John Madden ("Shakespeare in Love," and the hit indie film "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"), who also serves as executive producer.
"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.