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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.
I'm a Celebrity led last night's (December 3) primetime ratings once again.
Spinoff show I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here Now! was seen by 931k (5.5%) on ITV2 at 10pm.
BBC One's highest-rated primetime programme outside of soaps was Last Tango in Halifax, which was down on last week's audience at 4.51m (18.2%).
On BBC Two, 3.05m (12.6%) watched MasterChef: The Professionals at 8pm, while the latest instalment of sitcom Hebburn aired to 810k (4.3%) at 10pm.
On Channel 4, an audience of 1.1m (4.6%) tuned in for Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners - down slightly on last week's audience of 1.8m (+1: 162k).
The Sound of Musicals followed »
Masters Of Sex tells the story Dr William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) as they undergo their pioneering research into the science of human sexuality. Ashford had an arc in the first season playing Betty Dimello, a young prostitute who was all too happy to be paid by Dr. Masters to help his research.
- Lucy Cave
Exclusive: Masters Of Sex standout Annaleigh Ashford, who did an arc on the Showtime drama’s first season, is being promoted to regular for Season 2. As a result, Ashford will depart her Tony-nominated role in the hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots sometime in March. On Masters Of Sex, about the pioneers of the science of human sexuality Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), Ashford plays Betty Dimello, the ravenous young prostitute only too happy to get paid to help Dr. Masters in his research (which includes how women fake orgasms). On Kinky Boots, which won the Tony for best musical in June, Ashford plays scrappy factory worker Lauren. Last week, the musical smashed the all-time house record at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre with a gross of $1,912,568. Ashford is with Apa and Beth Rosner Management. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The Mentalist: Channel 5, 9pm
Six weeks into its new season, The Mentalist is really picking up the pace. 'Fire and Brimstone' sees our hero Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) closer than ever before to unmasking his nemesis, Red John - armed with a vital new clue that could expose the man who slaughtered his family, Jane assembles the chief suspects... but which of them will prove to be his man?
After a strong second season premiere, it was back to procedural business for Sky Living's Us import Elementary but this week, Rhys Ifans returns to spice things up as Mycroft, who needs his brother Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) to assist him in a case involving an old flame.
The Funny or Die series is executive produced by Ferrell, who also stars in the project as fictional author Eric Jonrosh.
Jonrosh's novel The Spoils of Babylon and its characters become the basis for the show.
The TV adaptation is a hit, but who were the real Masters and Johnson? This biography uncovers the story of the couple whose unusual scientific researches – they studied 14,000 orgasms – kickstarted a sexual revolution
In a laboratory in St Louis, William Masters and Virginia Johnson rigged up test subjects to electrocardiogram and respiratory monitors and asked them to masturbate. The apparatus was a sort of orgasmic polygraph that meticulously documented, as Thomas Maier puts it, "each pulse, breath, thrust and quiver". The scientists also observed physiological changes in women through a motorised Plexiglas phallus, nicknamed Ulysses, inside which a camera was secreted. It was radical, controversial research for the mid-50s, undertaken with utmost discretion, though there never seemed to be a lack of willing subjects.
Masters and Johnson went on to watch volunteers having sex through a one-way mirror. Wired up like lab monkeys, the couples seldom knew each other »
- Christopher Turner
The Mentalist: Channel 5, 9pm
When an Olympic gymnastics coach is found stabbed in a hotel room, the murder weapon is found at the scene of a seemingly unrelated carjacking.
The victim is revealed to be a member of Visualise, whose leader arrives on the scene with ex-cbi agent Ray Haffner - and they have a big warning for Patrick Jane.
In tonight's episode, the pair have decided to start filming the goings-on in their sexual response study, though they are in need of some extra help, while Haas and Langham reveal details of their married lives.
American Horror Story: Coven: Fox, 10pm
Back in 1883, Madame Lalaurie has a horrific plan to keep a young suitor away from her daughter. »
While the central focus of Showtime’s period drama Masters Of Sex has been on the early days of relationship between Bill Masters (played by Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), the show has developed into quite the ensemble drama. The stories in the series have also not only pertained to Masters & Johnson’s ground-breaking sex study but enveloped the world around them with everyone being affected by the study in one way or another.
As we highlighted last week, the gay storyline that has developed for Masters’ closeted boss, Barton Scully (Beau Bridges), has been captivating for many reasons not the least of which being his relationship with his wife (the always amazing Allison Janney). It’s been painful to watch Scully’s inner confusion and turmoil over his sexuality, which he’s been satisfying by regular »
- Jim Halterman
In the latest episode of Masters of Sex, the characters at the hospital are getting their performance reviews, so I think it is apt to write a little analysis about one of the major performers on the show, Michael Sheen. Sheen is probably not going to win the Emmy for Best Actor next year. That is not to insult the English actor or his excellent work on Masters of Sex, but he is not giving the type of performance that lingers in the minds of voters. That has more to do with the character he portrays: Bill Masters is a hard man to like.
He uses his study as a ruse to get away with sleeping with a woman he desires, he treats his wife more like a test subject than the father of his impending child and he gives the cold shoulder to his mother. Worse, he does not »
- Jordan Adler
Only eight episodes into its first season, Showtime's Masters of Sex has already offered more twists and turns than the Kama Sutra. Audiences seem to like playing Peeping Tom. Ratings have been strong, and the network announced it would renew the show for Season 2.
What's the secret to Sex's success? You can start with the offbeat chemistry of classically trained British thespian Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon) and comic actress Lizzy Caplan (Party Down) as William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the pioneering researchers who revolutionized the study of sex in the 1950s. "The producers clearly knew what...
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- Jonathan Small
This episode explored the many different ways in which people love and desire, from Virginia and Masters' screwball fling to Barton and Margaret's complex marriage
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 seven – and if you've seen later episodes, please do not leave spoilers.
Click here for Sarah Hughes's episode six recap
'I've always felt different from other women – most women want love when they sleep with a man but I've always been able to separate sex from love'
One of the key themes in Masters of Sex is that in any relationship, there's always one person who's on top. Take Ethan, for example. After spending the past seven weeks in thrall to Virginia, he finally appeared to move on, buying bed linen to impress Vivian Scully and »
- Sarah Hughes
Source: INFphoto.com The Internet has been abuzz with rumors that Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling are getting back together, and while there's not much evidence to support the claim, we must admit we don't mind entertaining the idea. The couple broke up in 2007 after two years of dating, and they've both since moved on with multiple matches. Rachel was linked to Josh Lucas and got serious with Michael Sheen, while Ryan's had Blake Lively by his side and Eva Mendes as his latest leading lady. Whether Ryan and Rachel are really taking a cue from The Notebook's epic love story or not, we've got 10 sweet snaps that will have you rooting for their real-life comeback. Source: Getty Source: Getty Source: INFphoto.com Read on for more memorable Ryan and Rachel moments! »
- Lauren Turner
It's hard to predict which Us shows will do well over here. For every Breaking Bad that captures the public imagination, there's a Boardwalk Empire – another quality, interesting show that has somehow never quite been as big in the UK as it should have been.
A similar fate appears to be befalling Masters of Sex. Channel 4's high-profile Us import stars the outstanding Michael Sheen as William Masters, the man whose pioneering studies transformed the way Americans viewed sex, and an effervescent Lizzy Caplan as the free-thinking Virginia Johnson, his assistant and co-author. It's cleverly scripted and brilliantly acted – and it's dying a slow death on Channel 4, pulling in under a million viewers a week, a figure »
- Sarah Hughes
Resolution of long-running dispute with estate of Kevin McClory could pave way for cat-stroking mastermind to return to regenerated Bond franchise, as well as his uber-evil organisation, Spectre
The James Bond film series is free to incorporate classic elements such as the villain Blofeld and nefarious organisation Spectre once again after settling a long-running legal case with the estate of 007 co-creator Kevin McClory.
A dispute over rights to the suave British spy has been ongoing since 1959, when writer McClory suggested a Bond film set in the Bahamas to Ian Fleming. The idea eventually came to form the basis of the novel Thunderball, as well as its 1965 film adaptation. Fleming and McClory collaborated on the third Bond film, which introduced both Blofeld and Spectre, but courts later ruled that the Dublin-born writer owned significant elements of the 007 mythos, and he was able to produce the "unofficial" 1983 Bond film Never Say Never Again, »
- Ben Child
The title for this week’s Masters of Sex installment comes from a delightful song by Frank Sinatra that addresses how the matters of love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage. However, despite the song’s inclusion in a scene involving Vivian Scully dancing to Ol’ Blue Eyes, the title is an ironic suggestion given the episode’s stark juxtaposition of the two. Although the show is stuck within the conservative mores of the 1950s, the notion that the covenant between man and wife signifies love does not attest to several of the characters within the show’s ensemble.
“Love and Marriage” is also an exciting and very full episode of Showtime’s drama, a rebound from the mawkish soap opera that weighed down last week’s hour. The 59-minute episode, the longest of the show’s run so far, is complete with a divorce, a marriage »
- Jordan Adler
A lonely woman desperate for a child, Libby's soldiered through her sometimes clinical marriage to Bill Masters (Michael Sheen). He's been so focused on his practice -- and sex research -- she had to hatch a plan with another doctor to get pregnant. And, just when things had started to look up for the pristinely presented housewife, she lost the child she was gearing up to welcome into the world.
Things didn't improve during their recovery ...
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Everybody's favorite "Plastic" turns 35 today!Rachel McAdams starred in "Mean Girls" as the fabulous yet cruel Regina George. While she may have played the bad girl onscreen, Rachel is really a sweetheart. Since working on the high school comedy, McAdams has gone on to star in love stories like "Midnight in Paris" and "The Vow." Most recently she played the adorable Mary in the time-traveling movie "About Time." The gorgeous actress continues to steal the screen and some hearts.Rachel dated "The Notebook" costar Ryan Gosling for three years (2006-2008) and during that time the pair got engaged twice(!). The actress was most recently linked to actor Michael Sheen, but reports surfaced in May that the (private) couple had called it quits after two years together. We're sure Rachel will be just fine -- she does have five films in production at the moment! Find out how the rest of »
- tooFab Staff
IFC‘s miniseries parody The Spoils Of Babylon chronicles the sexy and dramatic lives of the complicated Morehouse family who made their fortune in the oil business. Tobey Maguire, Tim Robbins and Kristen Wiig lead the all-star cast which also includes Jessica Alba, Will Ferrell, Jellybean Howie, Val Kilmer, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Sheen, and Steve Tom. The six-part series is produced by Funny or Die for IFC and executive produced by Ferrell, Adam McKay, Matt Piedmont, Andrew Steele and Nate Young. Steele and Piedmont created and wrote the series, and Piedmont directed. The Spoils Of Babylon premieres with two back-to-back half-hour episodes January 9 at 10 Pm on IFC. Check out the new trailer:
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
IFC has released a new trailer for its Funny or Die-produced miniseries parody "The Spoils of Babylon," based on the (fictional) bestselling novel of the same name by the (made up) author Eric Jonrosh. The six-part saga tells the Moorehouse family's dramatic triumph to tragedy story. In the new trailer, below, the young Moorehouse son Devon (Tobey Maguire) melodramatically narrates his past from childhood to adulthood and the success he experienced until the reemergence of smiling pistol-hoisting Winston (played by Haley Joel Osment). In addition to Maguire, the series stars Jessica Alba, Will Ferrell, Jellybean Howie, Val Kilmer, Haley Joel Osment, Tim Robbins, Michael Sheen, Steve Tom and Kristen Wiig with a cameo by David Spade and the voice of Carey Mulligan. The parody series is executive produced by Ferrell, Adam McKay, Matt PIedmont, Andrew Steele and Nate Young. Steele and Piedmont wrote and created the series, with Piedmont directing. »
- Ramzi De Coster
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