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Michael Sheen as Dr. William Masters and Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson in Masters of Sex (season 2, episode 3)
Michael Sheen as Dr. William Masters and Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson in Masters of Sex. Courtesy of SHOWTIME

Showtime Renews Masters of Sex for a 3rd Season

Aug 20, 2014

Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan will both return to Showtime for third seasons, the premium cable network announced Wednesday. Each show has gotten a 12-episode order.

Masters of Sex, based on the real lives of sex researchers and lovers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, has five Emmy nominations this year, including a best actress nomination for Lizzy Caplan. Allison Janney, who appeared on the first season of Masters, already won for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama at the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday night. The show averages about four million viewers per week across multiple platforms.

Ray Donovan, which stars Liev Schreiber, averages about five million per week on multiple platforms and had the biggest premiere in Showtime's history, drawing 2.2 million viewers in June 2013.

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