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'Once Upon a Time' adds 'Lost's' Rebecca Mader; Taylor Swift set for Grammy noms concert

5 December 2013 2:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

News and notes from across the TV universe:

- Peter Pan might not be completely defeated on "Once Upon A Time," but a new Big Bad is already headed to Storybrooke. "Lost" alum Rebecca Mader will have a multi-episode arc as an unnamed fairy-tale villain when the show returns from hiatus in March. Viewers will get their first look at Mader's character during the mid-season finale on Dec. 15, and her identity will be revealed in a promo following the episode. [E! Online]

- Katy Perry and Taylor Swift performances have been added to "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!" The ladies will join the broadcast hosted by LL Cool J from Canada and Australia, respectively. Previously announced performers include Robin Thicke, Lorde, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

- Past winners of "The Voice" Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery will be on hand for Tuesday's (Dec. 10) live show when coach Christina Aguilera performs her song »

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TV Is The New Cinema: Episode 7 Brings 'Masters of Sex' Into Focus

12 November 2013 5:28 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The watershed seventh episode of "Masters of Sex" (Showtime), "All Together Now," brought the show into focus for me as a screwball romantic comedy for the post-privacy era. It has a "marriage plot" that happens to be a true story. We know going in that sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson were married shortly after their magnum opus, "Human Sexual Response," was published in 1966. They had become a couple a decade earlier, when they recruited themselves as subjects for their laboratory studies of sexuality at Washington University. The show plausibly imagines, and actors Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan touchingly convey, that the researchers were not motivated entirely by a zeal for science. It is, however, liberating for them to be able to tell themselves that it's all for science, a motif that was introduced in past episodes, with test subjects who happily engaged in extra-marital sex, but only under the aegis of science. »

- David Chute

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TV Is The New Cinema: Episode 7 Brings 'Masters of Sex' Into Focus

12 November 2013 5:28 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The watershed seventh episode of "Masters of Sex" (Showtime), "All Together Now," brought the show into focus for me as a screwball romantic comedy for the post-privacy era. It has a "marriage plot" that happens to be a true story. We know going in that sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson were married shortly after their magnum opus, "Human Sexual Response," was published in 1966. They had become a couple a decade earlier, when they recruited themselves as subjects for their laboratory studies of sexuality at Washington University. The show plausibly imagines, and actors Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan touchingly convey, that the researchers were not motivated entirely by a zeal for science. It is, however, liberating for them to be able to tell themselves that it's all for science, a motif that was introduced in past episodes, with test subjects who happily engaged in extra-marital sex, but only under the aegis of science. »

- David Chute

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Masters of Sex recap: season one, episode six – Brave New World

12 November 2013 3:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A Freudian slip or two and Allison Janney watching Peyton Place … it was an unexpectedly moving week on Masters of Sex

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 episode six – and if you've seen later episodes, please do not leave spoilers.

Click here for Sarah Hughes's episode five recap

'My theory is that Freud was a bad lover and one night he caught his hausfrau with her hand down her drawers and he's been punishing women ever since'

Ah, Dr Freud, we've been expecting you. In fact, what took you so long? For five weeks the spectre of Sigmund Freud, and in particular his theories regarding the female orgasm and frigidity, has hovered over this show, so it was fitting that as we entered the halfway point, the father of psychoanalysis was to the fore. »

- Sarah Hughes

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Masters Of Sex Season One, Episode 7 'All Together Now' Sneak Peek Promo & Clips

4 November 2013 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan star in this original one-hour Showtime drama series chronicling the unusual lives, romance, and pop culture trajectory of human sexuality. Masters Of Sex is a one-hour drama starring Emmy® and BAFTA Award nominee Michael Sheen and acclaimed actress Lizzy Caplan, who portray the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The series chronicles the unusual lives, romance, and pop culture trajectory of Masters and Johnson. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a midwestern teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine and nearly a dozen appearances on Johnny Carson's couch. Season 1, Episode 7: 'All Together Now' As the study continues and despite Virginia's concerns »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Masters Of Sex Season One, Episode 6 'Brave New World' Sneak Peek Promo & Clips

28 October 2013 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan star in this original one-hour Showtime drama series chronicling the unusual lives, romance, and pop culture trajectory of human sexuality. Masters Of Sex is a one-hour drama starring Emmy® and BAFTA Award nominee Michael Sheen and acclaimed actress Lizzy Caplan, who portray the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The series chronicles the unusual lives, romance, and pop culture trajectory of Masters and Johnson. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a midwestern teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine and nearly a dozen appearances on Johnny Carson's couch. Season 1, Episode 6: 'Brave New World' Masters and Libby decide to go on holidays to Miami to »

- Pietro Filipponi

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'Masters of Sex' Showrunner on Sex Scenes, Stereotypes and What's Ahead for Season 2

27 October 2013 7:46 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Masters of Sex showrunner Michelle Ashford is admittedly uncomfortable with some of what she sees on screen. "We're prudes," she says of herself and her producing partner Sarah Timberman, who had to sit through scores of sex scenes in preparation for their Showtime period drama. Squeamish as the women were, the exercise paid off. Masters, which tells the story of real-life 1950s sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, is up more than 30 percent from Homeland's average in the same time slot during its freshman run. And on Oct. 22, the Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan vehicle was officially renewed for a second season. As

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- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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Showtime Picks Up Homeland, Masters of Sex for New Seasons

22 October 2013 6:30 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Showtime viewers will bear witness to frantic nature of Carrie Matheson and the stoicism of Dr. William Masters for at least 12 more episodes next summer.

The network announced today that Homeland Season 4 and Masters of Sex Season 2 have both been picked up and will air in the middle of 2014.

“Homeland continues to prove its strength for Showtime, and is one of television’s most exciting, provocative and widely-discussed shows,” said network president David Nevins in a statement. ”The critical and audience reaction to Masters of Sex since its great launch has been incredibly gratifying.”

Homeland Season 3, while under critical fire for its latest episode, is averaging 6.5 million weekly viewers across all platforms through four weeks; while Masters of Sex is bringing about 5.4 million.

Both air new episodes this Sunday. »

- matt@mediavine.com (Matt Richenthal)

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Masters of Sex, Ep. 1.04: “Thank You For Coming” shifts focus to male self-knowledge

22 October 2013 1:31 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Masters of Sex, Season 1, Episode 4: “Thank You For Coming” Written by Amy Lippman Directed by Jennifer Getzinger Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on Showtime -

Despite the wink-wink, nudge-nudge titling, “Thank You For Coming” is likely the gravest episode of Masters of Sex yet, concerned as it is with male abuses of power and privilege (not to mention outright physical abuse). The best thing the series has going for it right now is that it’s able to pursue its themes in multiple directions – even through the spectrum of a single character.

Take poor William Masters, for instance. This week, we meet his mother Estabrooks (Ann Dowd, who you might remember from being incredible in Compliance) for the first time. Before her arrival, “Bill” warns that having her around will be a nuisance and a half. When she actually turns up, she’s far more self-sufficient than he’d made her out to be, »

- Simon Howell

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Showtime Renews ‘Masters of Sex,’ ‘Homeland’

22 October 2013 12:29 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Showtime has picked up a second season of “Masters of Sex” and a fourth season of ‘Homeland.”

Renewal for Sony Pictures TV’s “Masters” is no surprise, as the period drama has been performing well for the pay cabler behind “Homeland.” It has also generated strong critical buzz, particularly for stars Michael Sheen and Lizzie Caplan.

Homeland” order was a shoo-in. The Fox 21 drama series has reached new ratings highs since its third season bowed Sept. 29.

“’Homeland’ continues to prove its strength for Showtime, and is one of television’s most exciting, provocative and widely-discussed shows.  It has grown its audience significantly in each of its three seasons,” said Showtime entertainment prexy David Nevins.

“The critical and audience reaction to ‘Masters of Sex’ since its great launch has been incredibly gratifying.  It’s a privilege to get to work with such talented and creative people as (‘Homeland’ showrunner) Alex Gansa and (‘Masters’ showrunner) Michelle Ashford, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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TV highlights 22/10/2013

21 October 2013 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Football: Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund | The Great British Bake Off – The Final | Masters Of Sex | CSI: New York | The Central Park Five | Elementary | London Irish | Fox Wars

Football: Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

7.30pm, ITV1

It was given the "…Of Death" mantle by the press, but so far Arsenal have found their Champions League group relatively straightforward, with Marseille and Napoli both overwhelmed by the attacking verve of Arsène Wenger's side. Last season's runners-up, Borussia Dortmund, have had a patchy campaign so far, with a defeat in Naples in their opening group game, but on form should offer the Gunners a genuine test of their European Cup credentials. Gwilym Mumford

The Great British Bake Off – The Final

8pm, BBC2

The final of this year's competition has the remaining three flour warriors crouching tearfully by their ovens for the last time, watching their doughy hopes rise or fall at the will of that capricious fast-action yeast. »

- Gwilym Mumford, Julia Raeside, Jonathan Wright, Ben Arnold, David Stubbs, Hannah J Davies, Rachel Aroesti

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Masters Of Sex Season One, Episode 5 'Catherine' Sneak Peek Promo & Clips

21 October 2013 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan star in this original one-hour Showtime drama series chronicling the unusual lives, romance, and pop culture trajectory of human sexuality. Masters Of Sex is a one-hour drama starring Emmy® and BAFTA Award nominee Michael Sheen and acclaimed actress Lizzy Caplan, who portray the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The series chronicles the unusual lives, romance, and pop culture trajectory of Masters and Johnson. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a midwestern teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine and nearly a dozen appearances on Johnny Carson's couch. Season 1, Episode 5: 'Catherine' Attraction comes into play when Masters and Virginia decide to »

- Pietro Filipponi

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From Text to Tube: Why Popular Lit Can Make for Great TV

20 October 2013 9:32 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Rachel Bennett

Contributor

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When a book becomes a hit, topping bestseller lists and leaving store shelves vacant, one question always quickly follows: “When will it be turned into a movie?”

Audiences have seen this time and time again, with major examples being Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Lord of the Rings series, among many others.

Adapting literature to film can be a win-win situation, as it provides an original story with a built-in audience that will likely buy tickets come opening day. At the same time, not every book translates to box-office success, with some vehicles being better suited to a smaller medium — like TV.

Creating TV adaptations of beloved literature is not a new phenomenon, but it’s one TV executives should increasingly consider in the face of a disappointing fall season.

Why? Because of all of the new offerings this season, a »

- Rachel Bennett

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3 Things that Distinguish ‘Masters of Sex’ from Every Other Show on TV

16 October 2013 6:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Here’s some (s)excellent news: Showtime’s Masters of Sex is a fantastically thoughtful and original series. Based on the research (and eventual romance) between real-life sexologists William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the show has overcome a middling pilot and the disadvantage of inevitable comparisons to its mid-century contemporary Mad Men in just three episodes. If Don Draper and company are constantly reacting to the ground moving beneath their feet, with the values of 1960s America undergoing sudden tectonic shifts, Bill Masters (Michael Sheen) and Gini Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) are actively trying to get those seemingly immobile tectonic plates to budge, just a little bit. Even as a renowned Obgyn with the Nobel Prize just out of his reach, Masters has to fight — and fight dirty – to get his university to sponsor studies of human sexuality. (Surprise: it’s not easy to get paid to watch other people doing it.) As »

- Inkoo Kang

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Masters of Sex, Ep. 1.03: “Standard Deviation” leans into modern sensibilities

15 October 2013 7:04 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Masters of Sex, Season 1, Episode 3: “Standard Deviation” Written by Sam Shaw Directed by Lawrence Trilling Airs Sundays at 10pm Et on Showtime -

The title “Standard Deviation” more obviously refers to William Masters’s chance encounters with homosexual men, who provide his latest ethical and moral hiccups in pursuing sexuality scientifically, but it also works to demarcate the episode as being the precise point Masters of Sex decides to make a clean break from history and chart a potentially very different path for its characters. I won’t go into too many specifics for fear of potential future-series spoilers, but it’s already clear that Michelle Ashford is setting out to use Masters and Johnson as more of a loose framework to probe big ideas about societal relationships to sexuality than strict historical portraiture.

The result is a bit of a mishmash, moreso than the first two episodes. The »

- Simon Howell

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Masters of Sex

14 October 2013 6:49 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: Showtime

Episodes: Ongoing (hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: September 29, 2013 -- Tbd

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald, Nicholas D'Agosto, Teddy Sears, Beau Bridges, Allison Janney, and Julianne Nicholson.

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 »

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A psychosexual therapist's view on Masters of Sex

14 October 2013 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The TV drama about pioneer sex researchers Masters and Johnson understands the prudishness of the period perfectly, says therapist Krystal Woodbridge

Dr William Masters and Virginia Johnson were pioneers: without their groundbreaking research into sex, orgasm and sexual dysfunction, we would probably never have reached the level of understanding that we have now. They were the first researchers to scientifically track the stages of sexual arousal and to analyse the female orgasm in detail. Most psychosexual therapists, including me, have at least one of their books. So I was very interested to see how this biographical drama series tackled their lives and work.

All through the first episode, we got a great sense of how difficult it was for them to start their research in the 1950s, when it just wasn't acceptable to talk about sex. The provost of Washington University in St Louis, where Masters worked, is concerned that »

- Laura Barnett

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Masters of Sex Review: Men in the Shadows

13 October 2013 10:48 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

After William Masters' sex study was booted from the hospital, he was forced to move his work to a brothel.

In "Standard Deviation," we see that the study isn't working out the way Masters had hoped because he's not getting the type of subjects he planned for. In his words, his subjects must be "normal" or "average" and this, in his view, does not include homosexuals.

In a series of flashbacks between Masters and Provost Scully, we also learn just how long Masters has been interested in conducting an exploratory study on human sexuality and the lengths he has gone to get here, while delving into the close history between these men.

Human sexuality and physiology are something William Masters was interested in studying before he was even finished being a student. Around the time he applied for his fellowship, he asked his friend Scully (pre-Provost) what it would »

- leigh.raines@gmail.com (Leigh Raines)

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Masters of Sex; Breathless; Homeland; Newsnight – review

12 October 2013 10:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A drama about sexologists Masters and Johnson was sharply observed, while Homeland returned, trying to untangle itself

Masters of Sex (Channel 4) | 4oD

Breathless (ITV1) | ITVPlayer

Homeland (Channel 4) | 4oD

Newsnight (BBC2) | iPlayer

What was the big appeal of Mad Men? Good acting, attractive cast, decent script – none of them hurt. But its strongest drawing power was its early-1960s setting, that golden period after the war and before everyone realised that smoking caused cancer, back in the early days of consumerism when everything was still shiny, before the cult of youth, when everyone still wanted to look as if they were 45.

There are a lot of things you can do in those years, dramatically speaking, that would be difficult to bring off with a story set in the present day. For a start, it's a pre-ism era, before the public recognition of feminism, racism, sexism and all the other identity conflicts. »

- Andrew Anthony

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Is Breathless just another Mad Men clone?

10 October 2013 3:14 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The new ITV drama starring Jack Davenport will, inevitably, be compared to the hit Us show. But it always been the nature of TV to spawn lookalikes

Occasionally, in the business world, there's a product that encourages envious emulation in other manufacturers: the Hoover and the iPhone are two obvious examples; both led to legal and copyright argument over attempts at imitation. In television drama, the same phenomenon occasionally occurs – with wrong-footed bosses shouting, "Why can't we make one of those!" – and, because it's harder to define and protect an original product in the creative industries, there will be a flow of lookalikes.

In this regard, Matthew Weiner's Mad Men now seems established as the iPhone of small-screen writing. Breathless is the latest UK wannabe, and begins tonight (ITV, 9pm), in a week when another of the Us impersonators started screening here: Masters of Sex (9pm, Tuesdays, Channel 4 »

- Mark Lawson

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