These both sound terrible. The first one sounds boring. He's a "fixer" to the rich & famous in LA, whatever that means. Leaky faucets? Promiscuous pets? But, "one thing he can't fix are all the problems caused by his 'Southie' family back in Boston." Oy vey. I bet they're a "zany" bunch. Or, psychotic. Zany and psychotic. Well, that'd work. But I doubt it. Do they constantly interrupt his life with repeated phone calls, between frequent visits from 3,000 miles away? If they live that far away, how troublesome can they be? Wait, don't answer that. If the premise and writing had promise, they wouldn't need to add the farkakte family 3000 miles away. Already I don't like this show for it's dumbness. I can't feel sorry for a grown man who moved that far away from Ma & Pa Kettle, and assorted nightmare siblings, and is still bothered by them.
At least the other show involves sex. In theory, anyway. And where there's sex, there's nudity. Nudity is usually the only redeeming feature of most subpar material, that has nudity, that is. Unless it's on free TV, or basic cable. They have "superhero" sex through their clothes there. Makes me miss the old fade out to the ocean tide coming in, or a not so subtle, but titillating closing of the bedroom door.
Masters of Sex is about a married couple of researchers who were pretty famous when I was a boy. They were also two of the least sexual-looking, or sexually desirable heterosexual couples you'd ever seen. Wisely, they're played by attractive actors. Although, maybe it'd be fun for a change to spotlight two really unattractive, yet, highly sexed beings? Not in this life, probably. A same-sex couple would add an interesting wrinkle. My guess is that it'll be a comedy, as it sounds like a one-note joke around which this series is built. But, if they could manage some creative plots, some interesting guest stars, and sex without clothes, it might work for a season or two.
The problem I have with Showtime is that for the last two years or so, they've been putting most of their budget into original programming instead of "first run" theatricals, which isn't why I subscribe. I wouldn't mind if these shows were the quality of the first two seasons of Dexter. But, they're not. Even Dexter isn't Dexter. Weeds is at least different. But that's not enough. Now it seems they're continuing this trend, with this potential drek.
Showtime, if you're going to do this, do it well. Watch HBO for ideas. At least they've got two great original shows.