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Showtime's new Masters of Sex TV series has received some very positive reviews. Will the viewers love it as well or will the show be cancelled after one season? We shall see.
Masters of Sex revolves around the personal and professional lives of two real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality. The series stars Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald, Nicholas D'Agosto, Teddy Sears, Beau Bridges, Allison Janney, and Julianne Nicholson.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually on Tuesdays.
10/22 update: Showtime has ordered a second season.
Final season averages: 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 1.07 million total viewers. »
Season one bows out with an exceptionally strong double-bill that forced our characters to confront the truth. Cue some more soul-searching, and heartbreaking scenes between Barton and Margaret
Spoiler Alert: This blog is for people watching the first series of Masters of Sex at UK broadcast pace. Don't read on if you haven't seen episodes 11 and 12.
Click here for Sarah Hughes's episode 10 recap
'What people wish was true will always muddy the waters of scientific observation'
One of the major themes of this first season of Masters of Sex was the gap between truth and reality, and these final two episodes, both of which were strong in different ways, made that increasingly clear.
Phallic Victories narrowed the focus to three different pairings, as Virginia and Dr DePaul took a trip out of state, Ethan found his babysitting duties complicated by the reliably unreliable George, and Libby helped Masters prepare for his big day. »
- Sarah Hughes
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: September 29, 2013 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
This dramatic series follows the unusual lives of two real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality -- William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a midwestern teaching hospital to the cover of Time and multiple appearances on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show.
Already a leader in his field of obstetrics and gynecology, Doctor William Masters (Michael Sheen) is intent on exploring the nature of human sexuality and how the body responds during sexual stimulation. He himself is quite sexually repressed despite his unabashed »
If you came to Showtime's Masters of Sex pilot expecting to see some sort of pornographic, sudsy, twerk-fest... you were definitely in for a shock; a good, educational, intelligent shock. That's not to say you won't get your fair share of nudity, foreplay and sex - but Masters of Sex is not looking to be a soft-core porn on cable. That's what Skinemax is for, kids.
What you will find is a show based on a true life story and the book it spawned about Dr. William Masters, his associate Virginia Johnson and their quest to answer the question of what exactly happens to the body during sex.
It starts in the 1950s in St. Louis. Masters is a brilliant and well-respected Obgyn with a focus on fertility studies. Yet, he longs to be studying the nature of the human body and the scientific aspect behind sex. We see that »
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Whether you know him from stage work, acclaimed films like The Queen or Frost/Nixon or going for the silly with his arc on 30 Rock, Michael Sheen has always been an actor we connect with, reveling in the journey he and his characters take us on.
In his new role as Dr. William Masters in Showtime's Masters Of Sex, Sheen must close himself off emotionally because his character was a man of greatness in his studies of sex but, ironically, had personal problems connecting with others emotionally. Especially when it came to his wife.
The ambitious series - based on Thomas Maier's biography, Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson - dives into the early days of Masters' study, the start of his relationship with Johnson (played by Lizzy Caplan, below with Sheen) and the intricacies of the study itself. The series also stars Beau Bridges, »
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Showtime has released the full trailer for its new drama series Masters of Sex. The show stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as William Masters and Virginia Johnson, real-life pioneers of the study of human sexuality whose work sparked the sexual revolution and catapulted them to fame. This trailer shows a great deal of, well, sex, but the series also looks to delve pretty heavily into other issues like the importance of love with regards to sex, the idea of Masters’ research as smut vs. science, and of course complex character relationships. The series also seems to have a good sense of humor as well, with Beau Bridges stealing a couple of scenes with his comedic work. Hit the jump to watch the full trailer. The series also stars Caitlin Fitzgerald, Nicholas D'Agosto, and Teddy Sears. Masters of Sex debuts on Showtime Sunday, September 29th. Here’s the official synopsis »
- Adam Chitwood
Showtime is no stranger to dealing with the subject of sex, but the network has never done so in such a scientific way as it is with "Masters of Sex." The new drama tells the story of William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) as they spearhead forward-thinking research about sex and the way it affects the body. "Masters of Sex" explores both their personal lives and their professional research, and does so in a dramatic and sometimes comedic way.
"Masters of Sex" had its first TCA panel on July 30, and Sheen, Caplan, Nicholas D'Agosto, Caitlin FitzGerald and Teddy Sears were on-hand along with creator Michelle Ashford and executive producer Sarah Timberman. They discussed the way "Masters of Sex" will set itself apart.
"Their story is fascinating," Ashford says of Masters and Johnson. "We've stuck to the facts very carefully. Certainly the research, we've fudged none of that. »
Based on 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 12-part series focuses on the married couple's research which revolutionised attitudes towards sex, as well as their personal struggles with success, betrayal and jealousy.
Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt said: "Masters of Sex is an incredibly classy period drama which provides a fascinating insight into scientific study of human sexuality. With compelling performances from Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as Masters and Johnson, it's an unmissable treat."
Showtime picked up Masters of Sex for a full series last year, »
8 items from 2013
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