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Showtime Announces Ray Donovan, Masters of Sex Premiere Dates

Showtime has taken a bit of a critical beating over the past year, with Dexter's final season being heralded as one of the worst television finales ever and Homeland's third season garnering very little in the way of positive buzz with critics or awards. The one large bright spot for the network in 2013 came in the form of freshman drama Masters of Sex, which brought back some critical shine to the network, although failing to bring in the high ratings found with both Dexter and Homeland. masters While the first season of Sex aired in the fall of 2013, Showtime has announced that season two will air this summer. Starting July 13, Sex will be paired with the returning sophomore drama Ray Donovan, which had a rocky first season from both a critical and ratings perspective. The move of Sex to the summer months will allow Showtime to pair Homeland with a new drama this fall, while allowing Sex's critical acclaim to anchor the summer schedule as Dexter once did. In addition, Showtime has announced that former Breaking Bad star Betsy Brandt (who was most recently seen on NBC's The Michael J. Fox Show, which was mercifully canceled) will be joining the cast of Sex as Dr. Master's new secretary. Both Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex will have 12 episode second seasons.


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