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'Masters of Sex' showrunner teases Masters and Johnson's 'cuckoo' lives after fame

Masters of Sex‘s second season found Masters and Johnson exploring sexual dysfunction (including Bill’s), Libby Masters getting involved with St. Louis’ racial politics, and the show entering the Kennedy era.

In the final scene of the season, against the backdrop of the JFK’s inauguration, Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) are resolutely moving forward with their work, but not without having endured a series of personal and professional failures of a sort. The CBS feature about them made sex an implication rather than a focus, presenting it as squeaky clean rather than scientifically rigorous. When Bill concocted a plan to kill it with the aid of his old friend Barton Scully (Beau Bridges), he ended up hurting Virginia, who was going to use the film to prove that her work’s respectability, and therefore keep her grasp on her children. Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald), meanwhile, is engaged in an affair with Robert (Jocko Sims), a member of the Congress of Racial Equality, where she has been working.

Now that the season is over, showrunner Michelle Ashford talked with EW and looked back on season 2 and forward.


How the 'Masters of Sex' costume designer brought the show into the '60s

Masters of Sex has reached the ’60s. Over the course of “Asterion,” the seventh episode of the show’s second season, the setting jumped between 1958 and 1960. That posed a challenge for costume designer Ane Crabtree, who had to reflect the changing of the times in the characters’ garb. In fact, director Michael Dinner showed people quite literally “walking through time,” explained Crabtree. As Annaleigh Ashford’s character Betty DiMello, now working for the sex researchers, led guests through the lobby of Masters and Johnson’s new office building, both the outfits and the years changed. “I watched it twice because I couldn’t believe how successful [Dinner] was and how he really gave me a platform to show off the clothing,” Crabtree said. “But it was so so subtle.”

Last night’s episode, “Mirror, Mirror,” revealed that in the new decade Masters and Johnson will get more serious about exploring sexual dysfunction, Libby Masters will witness a hate crime that will jolt her out of complacency, and someone from Bill’s past will arrive. And what will the year mean for the show’s style? Crabtree talked to EW about venturing into the ’60s, and sent us some of her behind-the-scenes photos, featured below.


Sarah Silverman on doing more nudity: 'They're just boobs'

Sarah Silverman has been showing off her assets both on and off-screen.

The comedian was sporting some serious cleavage when she won an Emmy Monday night for her variety special Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles. It’s something she feels like she’s been doing much more often recently.


'Masters of Sex,' 'Ray Donovan' renewed for season 3


Showtime has renewed its summer drama block: Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan are both coming back for third rounds. The will start production early next year on 12 episodes each. “Both Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex are quintessentially Showtime: bold, provocative, premium television with production values at the top of the food chain,” said Showtime president David 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.”

Both perform solid-ish for the network. Ray Donovan starring Liev Schreiber as an L.A. fixer delivers around 5 million viewers once all forms of viewing are counted, while Masters starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as 1950s sex researchers gets about four million. Both also recently hit season highs. Moreover for Showtime, both shows received Emmy nominations this year, with Masters scoring five nods including one for Caplan’s performance, and Donovan being honored for Jon Voight’s performance.

Video: Strangers undress each other for 'Masters of Sex' ad


A few months back, a video featuring strangers kissing went viral. Remember that one? Of course you do. It’s called First Kiss and it was directed by Tatia Pilieva.

Now, Pilieva is back with Undress Me. This time, she’s asking 20 strangers to undress each other (in pairs, let’s not get crazy here) as an ad for Masters of Sex, which returns to Showtime Sunday, July 13. READ FULL STORY

Is 'True Detective' worthy? 'Modern Family,' again? The critics react to 2014's Emmy nods



When the Emmy nominations were announced this morning, I was sitting at my desk, shouting, “Hodor! Hodor! Hodor!” Game of Thrones dominated with 19 nominations! Hot pie for everyone! I’d quibble with the fact that Noah Hawley’s fantastic update of Fargo didn’t get a best drama nod, especially since it was the runner-up with 18 nominations, and The Good Wife was unjustly ignored in that category, coming off its best season ever—it might be the only network drama that I truly loved—but the rest of the list was pretty solid. Among the smartest choices made in the best drama category: refusing to forget that Breaking Bad was and will always be one of the best TV shows of all time; leaving that mess of a Homeland season off that list (somewhere, Dana Brody is furrowing her brow); recognizing that House of Cards just keeps getting better and better as Frank Underwood gets worse and worse; and picking the right underdog, PBS, to fight in the battle against cable with Downton Abbey.

Here is my only real complaint, and I know I’m in the minority here: I was really, deeply disappointed by True Detective and don’t think it deserves a best drama nod. Don’t get me wrong: I was totally captivated by the first four episodes, and Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey both deserve their acting nods. Plus, the show deserves some kind of diamond-encrusted, deer-antler trophy for that spectacular six-minute tracking shot alone. But am I the only one who thought the story completely fell apart in the second half? The unreliable narrator device—which could’ve made for real suspense and second-guessing about who these two detectives really are and what their motives might be—ultimately  lead nowhere beyond one police cover-up. The central mystery was solved in a way that felt random. Too many Easter eggs ended up being MacGuffins. And I know people are really going to throw tomatoes at me here, but that final speech about the lying there and gazing up at the stars? So corny. Leave the cosmos-pondering to Neil deGrasse Tyson, guys.

What did you think of the drama nominations?


Allison Janney talks 'Masters of Sex' and 'Mom' Emmy nods

Allison Janney had a good reason to skip the gym this morning: As she was getting ready to work out, her publicist let her know that she had scored two Emmy nods. One nomination is for her role as a struggling alcoholic looking to reconnect with her daughter in CBS sitcom Mom; the other’s for her guest role as Margaret Scully in the Showtime drama Masters of Sex. “It was a great way to start my day,” Janney told EW.


Lizzy Caplan talks 'Masters of Sex' Emmy nod, her love for 'Real Housewives'

Lizzy Caplan prepared for today’s Emmys announcement like anyone would: by reading her horoscope. Which didn’t give her the most hope. “They were all bad!” Caplan told EW. “And then I just started laughing and realized, I really need to get a life.”


Christian Borle set for 'Masters of Sex'

From musicals to masters: Broadway and Smash star Christian Borle will appear on season two of Masters of Sex.

Borle will recur as Frank Masters, William Masters’ (Michael Sheen) brother. Borle will be joined by previously announced season two additions including Betsy Brandt, Sarah Silverman, and Keke Palmer when the Showtime drama returns.

In addition to Smash, Borle was last seen on television in The Sound of Music Live! and The Good Wife. Fun note for theater fans: Annaleigh Ashford, who portrayed Betty Dimello on the first season of Masters and is returning for season two, was in Legally Blonde the Musical on Broadway with Borle back in 2007.

Masters of Sex returns to Showtime Sunday, July 13 at 10 p.m. ET.

'Masters of Sex' trailer: 'I'm assuming it's not an accident, meeting in a hotel'

The first look at Masters of Sex season 2 is here!

Showtime’s drama left off with Dr. Masters (Michael Sheen) showing up at Virginia’s (Lizzy Caplan) door and declaring, “There is something I can’t live without: It’s you.” That statement’s consequences are sure to be felt by nearly every character this year. Viewers get a quick look at all the regulars in this 70-second teaser, which first debuted on The Hollywood Reporter.

Besides Masters and Virginia, we see Masters’ wife, Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald), Lillian DePaul (Julianne Nicholson), Barton and Margaret Scully (Beau Bridges and Allison Janney), and even the apparent return of Betty DiMello (Anneleigh Ashford), the prostitute who helped out Masters’ study in the early episodes of the first season. Not yet present: Sarah Silverman, who joins the cast this season.

Watch below: READ FULL STORY

Sarah Silverman joins Showtime's 'Masters of Sex'

Sarah Silverman is getting sexy.

The comedian has joined Showtime’s drama Masters of Sex as a recurring guest star playing the character of Helen. Currently filming in Los Angeles, the second season will premiere on Sunday, July 13 at 10 p.m. Silverman joins series regulars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, who star as human sexuality pioneers William Masters and Virginia Johnson in the show about their lives and influence on sex and the world. Season 2 will also feature Keke Palmer, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Teddy Sears, and Annaleigh Ashford.

Silverman won an Emmy for having sex with Matt Damon, well at least for the song “I’m F**ing Matt Damon”, so something tells me she’ll fit right in.

'How I Met Your Dad' casts 'Masters of Sex' actor

Masters of Sex star Nicholas D’Agosto is joining the gang over on How I Met Your Dad.

The actor has been cast as a series regular, playing the role of Frank in the CBS spinoff of How I Met Your Mother. He was last seen as Dr. Ethan Haas, the boyfriend of Lizzy Caplan’s Virginia Johnson, in the Showtime drama.

Greta Gerwig will provide the lead female POV in How I Met Your Dad, which will tell its story in a way similar to HIMYM, but feature new characters.

In other CBS comedy casting news, Wendell Pierce has been added to the Odd Couple reboot. He joins Matthew Perry, who will play Oscar opposite Thomas Lennon’s Felix. Pierce currently plays Harris Green on NBC’s The Michael J. Fox Show.

'Masters of Sex': EP Sarah Timberman on what's next for Masters and Johnson

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen the season 1 finale of Masters of Sex, stop reading now. If you have seen the episode, click through for Executive Producer Sarah Timberman’s take on the final moments of “Manhigh.”



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