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' 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.