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Showtime Renews 'Ray Donovan', 'Masters of Sex'

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Hot off the continued critical and audience acclaim for the second seasons of RAY DONOVAN and MASTERS OF SEX, SHOWTIME is green lighting third seasons for both of its hit drama series. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc. Both series will receive 12 one-hour episode orders, and will begin production in early 2015.

“Both RAY DONOVAN and MASTERS OF SEX are quintessentially SHOWTIME: bold, provocative, premium television with production values at the top of the food chain,” says Nevins. “These acclaimed shows are filled with complex and interesting characters and settings that will no doubt give audiences compelling television to invest in for seasons to come.”

MASTERS OF SEX scored five Emmy® Award nominations this year, including nods for actors Lizzy Caplan, Beau Bridges and Allison Janney, who was honored this past weekend with an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Margaret Scully. RAY DONOVAN’s Jon Voight is also an Emmy contender, receiving his first ever series nomination for his role as Mickey Donovan. Both series continue to resonate with the network’s subscribers, delivering season high numbers for their past few episodes. MASTERS OF SEX’s fifth episode delivered the series’ highest ratings of the season, up 18 percent versus the season two premiere. The series currently averages nearly four million viewers across platforms per week. Similarly, RAY DONOVAN’s fifth episode was up 16 percent versus its season two premiere, and season-to-date is averaging five million weekly viewers across platforms.

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'Homeland' Returns With Two-Hour Premiere; 'The Affair' To Premiere Early

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The highly anticipated season 4 of SHOWTIME’s Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning hit drama series HOMELAND will premiere the first two episodes airing back to back on October 5 beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Additionally, SHOWTIME has moved up the premiere of the highly anticipated new drama series THE AFFAIR, which will now debut on Sunday, October 12th at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

“In the aftermath of Homeland’s stunning finale last season, there is such strong anticipation for the start of season four that we wanted to give Homeland fans an extra generous helping of Carrie and company,” said Gary Levine, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, Showtime Networks. “Once we decided to premiere Homeland with a double episode, it made sense to use the momentum of that event to launch our newest series, The Affair, the very next week on October 12th.”

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Showtime Premieres 'Ray Donovan' Webseries 'Behind the Fix'

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SHOWTIME will launch three companion webisodes for its hit series RAY DONOVAN, giving viewers an extended storytelling experience surrounding fan favorites Lena (Katherine Moennig) and Avi (Steven Bauer) across all digital platforms. Fans will get an inside look on how Ray’s (Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominee Liev Schreiber) team pulls off their “fixes,” woven directly from the plotlines on screen. The webisodes, titled “Behind The Fix,” will also feature a special appearance by another of the series’ stars, Pooch Hall. Functioning as digital companion pieces to their corresponding episodes, the webisodes will be available on SHO.com, YouTube, iTunes, SHO Sync, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and SHOWTIME ANYTIME® immediately following the episodes’ first airings on SHOWTIME on August 3rd and 17th and September 14th. This marks the first time SHOWTIME has extended episodic storylines across digital platforms, working directly with the series’ writers to delve deeper into the content on screen. Written by Cheo Hodari Coker and directed by Oscar® nominee Michael Tolkin, the first installment will give viewers an inside perspective on how Lena gets one of Ray’s clients a fake identity to extradite him out of the country.

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Showtime Releases 'Masters Of Sex' Season Two Trailer

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In advance of the second season premiere of MASTERS OF SEX on Sunday, July 13th at 10 p.m. ET/PT, SHOWTIME has released the full-length trailer for the critically-acclaimed hit series.

MASTERS OF SEX stars Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominee Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan and chronicles the unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory of real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson.

Season one of MASTERS OF SEX received both Golden Globe and WGA nominations and was honored as one of AFI’s Top Ten Television Programs of the Year. 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. Season two also stars Caitlin Fitzgerald, Teddy Sears and Annaleigh Ashford, and includes guest stars Beau Bridges, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson, Sarah Silverman, Betsy Brandt, Keke Palmer, Courtney B. Vance, Jocko Sims, Greg Grunberg, Barry Watson, Rose McIver, Rene Auberjonois and Christian Borle.

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Showtime Gives Pilot Order To 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'

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SHOWTIME has given a pilot order to CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, a half-hour comedy with musical elements co-created, executive produced and written by feature writer Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, Annie) and writer/actress/comedian Rachel Bloom (Robot Chicken). The project centers around Rebecca (Bloom), a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: West Covina, Calif. Produced by CBS Television Studios, the pilot will be directed and executive produced by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer, The Amazing Spider-Man films) and will be shot in California this fall. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc.

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TV Trailer: 'Ray Donovan' Season 2

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In advance of the second season premiere on Sunday, July 13th at 9 p.m. ET/PT, SHOWTIME has released the full-length trailer for its critically-acclaimed hit series RAY DONOVAN, starring Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominee Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight in his Golden Globe-winning role.

Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, RAY DONOVAN stars Liev Schreiber as LA’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away. Season one came to a close with an epic showdown resulting in Boston mobster and fugitive, Sully’s (James Woods) demise. Season two of this powerful drama, will explore the fallout of his murder for Ray, his father Mickey (Jon Voight) and the FBI, headed by LA Bureau Chief Cochran (guest star Hank Azaria). As the season unfolds, Ray continues to seek balance between the demands of his family, including his volatile relationship with Mickey, and the demands of his Hollywood clients. The cast also includes Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey and Devon Bagby. Oscar®-nominated actor Elliott Gould will return as a special guest star for season two. In addition to Gould and Azaria, season two will also feature an impressive line-up of guest stars including Ann-Margret, Wendell Pierce, Sherilyn Fenn, Vinessa Shaw, Brian Geraghty, Heather McComb and Kip Pardue. RAY DONOVAN is created and executive produced by Ann Biderman. A SHOWTIME production, the series is also executive produced by Mark Gordon, Bryan Zuriff and David Hollander

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Showtime Renews 'Penny Dreadful' For Second Season

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SHOWTIME has picked up a second season of its critically acclaimed drama series PENNY DREADFUL, it was announced today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc. The network has given an expanded order of ten episodes to the series. Created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan, PENNY DREADFUL has been embraced by the network’s subscribers, drawing 4.8 million weekly viewers across platforms since its launch. The series, which debuted to rave reviews, has claimed the spot as the network’s No. 1 watched new show ever on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and SHOWTIME ANYTIME® with over 3.6 million viewers on those platforms through the third week of the season. Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green, PENNY DREADFUL will go into production, and will once again shoot on location in Dublin, Ireland for a 2015 launch.

“Picking up PENNY DREADFUL was one of the easiest decisions I’ve made,” said Nevins. “The series has had worldwide impact, drawing big, passionate audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, and more than any other show on our network has hit the bullseye with viewers who want to watch television in all the new ways that are available. John Logan has deftly created an epic series that has drawn raves from a wide-range of audiences from quality drama lovers to critics, to hardcore genre fans. We look forward to working once again with our partners at Sky Atlantic and are extremely excited for what’s in store for season two.”

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Showtime To Re-Air Full Seasons Of Its Landmark Series 'Queer As Folk' And 'The L Word'

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SHOWTIME is bringing back its groundbreaking series QUEER AS FOLK and THE L WORD in June in honor of gay pride month. All seasons will air on SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE from June through November. From June 2nd through June 30th, back-to-back episodes of both critically-acclaimed series will be offered Monday through Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Then, starting on July 3rd, back-to-back episodes will air every Thursday night through November 13th. Subscribers can also catch up on the full five seasons of QUEER AS FOLK and the six seasons of THE L WORD on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and the network's authenticated service SHOWTIME ANYTIME® starting this summer. These iconic series were hailed for tackling important issues and shattering stereotypes, and were both honored by the GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. Viewers can expect more from THE L WORD executive producer and creator Ilene Chaiken in the form of a documentary which will premiere on SHOWTIME this summer.

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Courtney B. Vance And Rene Auberjonois Join Season Two Of 'Masters Of Sex'

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Veteran actors Courtney B. Vance and Rene Auberjonois have joined the season two cast of the acclaimed SHOWTIME drama series MASTERS OF SEX. Vance will recur in the guest starring role of Dr. Hendricks, the head of an African-American hospital in St. Louis whose goal is to racially integrate his hospital, and Auberjonois will be guest starring as Dr. Papanikolaou, a former professor of Dr. DePaul (guest star Julianne Nicholson), who she and Johnson hope will endorse their screening program that uses the test named after him: the Pap smear. Production on season two is currently underway in Los Angeles. Season two returns on Sunday, July 13th.

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Sarah Silverman Joins 'Masters Of Sex' Season 2 Cast

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Emmy-winning comedian and actress Sarah Silverman is joining the cast of season two of the acclaimed SHOWTIME drama series MASTERS OF SEX. Silverman will recur in the guest starring role of Helen. Production on season two is currently underway in Los Angeles, and will premiere on Sunday, July 13th at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

Sarah Silverman received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy Series for "The Sarah Silverman Program," and was also nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for "Monk." She won an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics as one of the writers of a song for "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Silverman will next be seen starring in Seth MacFarlane's soon-to-be released feature "A Million Ways to Die in the West." She also just wrapped production on the drama film “I Smile Back” in which she stars in the lead role. Silverman’s other feature-film credits include "Wreck-It Ralph," "Take This Waltz," and "Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic." Silverman is the author of The New York Times bestseller "The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee." Last year she debuted an hour-long stand-up special, “We are Miracles.” Additionally, Silverman is a part of JASH, a new comedy collective on YouTube featuring original content by Silverman (and friends Michael Cera, Tim & Eric and Reggie Watts).

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