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Showtime Renews 'Homeland' & 'Masters of Sex'

 

Homeland Season 3

 

In news that should really come as no surprise, premium cable giant Showtime has granted renewals to both of its currently airing drama series. The Claire Danes & Damian Lewis fronted spy drama 'Homeland' will be returning for a fourth season, while freshman period drama 'Masters of Sex' will be returning for a sophomore run.

An Emmy magnet during its first season, 'Homeland's second go-around was one that proved divisive among both critics and the show's most die-hard fans. The third season so far has also drawn intense criticism, with many insisting that the writers aren't playing fair with their audience. Not that this has had any effect on the series' continually rising ratings. 'Homeland' Season 3 is averaging a very healthy 6.5 million viewers, up nearly 30 percent from Season 2's average at the same point last year.

Masters of Sex

 'Masters of Sex' has been a critical smash all around, and has averaged 5.4 million viewers over the four episodes it has aired to date. 'Masters' stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as groundbreaking sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, and is based on the biography 'Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love' by author Thomas Maier. The series' ratings have been up 33 percent from what the debut season of 'Homeland' drew in the same time frame a few years back.

The newly ordered 12 episode seasons of both 'Homeland' and 'Masters of Sex' will hit the air in 2014.


Details
Show:
- Homeland
- Masters of Sex
Network:
- SHOWTIME

Written by: Michael Stevenson
Oct 22nd, 2013, 6:41 am

Images courtesy of Showtime

mike1616

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Message Posted On Dec 3rd, 2013, 1:04 am

Sorry to point out the blindingly bloody obvious but Master of Sex is not just a titillating show, it is a look at the real life struggles and prejudices that these people had to over come to do this research. I might add that if they had not done what they did, there would undoubtedly still be many taboos regarding sex and also the role of women in the work force. This show has shone a light on some people that should be thanked by more people than those that shouldn’t. If you are not in the NORMAL way, then be grateful for these pioneers as they delved into real life sex and all that it contains and brought it in to the light of day. As for the pure entertainment value of the show, it is entertaining and with a myriad of different relationships that make it worth while. As for the comment that they get the period wrong, get your head out of the sand and do some research your self and you will see they are doing a great job with everything from the cloths to the medical equipment.

Oh, and for you naughty boys out there, you will probably see some boobies every week  ;-)

bad_subject

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Message Posted On Oct 23rd, 2013, 6:09 am

I agree, Scotsmania. The characters are despicable, there's no driving force, no purpose... and they get the time period wrong in almost every scene. It's dull. 

 

wynn

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Message Posted On Oct 22nd, 2013, 11:36 pm

Claire Danes is doing such an awesome job in Homeland. Very pleased we're going to be seeing more of her in that particular role. Kudos!

Scotsmania

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Message Posted On Oct 22nd, 2013, 7:23 pm

I'm surprised Masters of Sex is so high in the ratings, i really wasn't impressed with it at all.

mcw

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Message Posted On Oct 22nd, 2013, 2:12 pm

Wow.. I didn't think Homeland would've survived after the way everyone took Season 2 - S3 may have been the end. But, yeah, season 3 has definitely been throwing us for a loop. We'll see how it plays out, but, I'm glad that I'll be seeing them all again next year.

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