Showtime has picked up two drama pilots to series, giving 12-episode orders to both shows, Deadline.com reports. The pay-cable channel ordered “Ray Donovan” and “Masters of Sex.”
“Ray Donovan” stars Liev Schreiber as a professional fixer, in Schreiber’s first regular series role, the report notes. “Masters of Sex” stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in the story of real-life sexuality researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson.
Both series will be filmed in Los Angeles and are set to premiere in 2013.
The network has now picked up four of the five pilots ordered by Showtime President David Nevins.
The report notes: “The third pilot from Showtime’s most recent crop of pilots, Andrew Gurland’s docu-comedy ‘Gurland on Gurland,’ will likely not go forward.”
In a statement, Nevins said: "’Ray Donovan’ and ‘Masters of Sex,’ each in their own distinctive ways, represent the caliber of programming we want to bring to our subscribers. Both series are ambitious and expansive, and feature great writing and great acting. I’m so excited for viewers to experience these two new dramas, which I believe will prove to be fantastic complements to our current slate of programming."