Showtime’s Hit Series RAY DONOVAN and MASTERS OF SEX Return for a Second Season This Summer on

— March 26, 2014

“RAY DONOVAN is a smart, cynical look at Hollywood and the shenanigans in L.A. that never get covered by the tabloids and TMZ, no matter how hard they try.” – John Doyle, The Globe and Mail

 

“Don't call a technician: That steam still oozing out of your TV is not a malfunction of its circuit board. No, your television may still be in a hot sweat after the debut of the drama MASTERS OF SEX.”  – Bill Brownstein, The Montreal Gazette

 

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TORONTO (March 26, 2014) – Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada)  announce the return of Showtime’s award-winning series RAY DONOVAN and MASTERS OF SEX on Sunday, July 13 at 9 p.m. ET/MT and 10 p.m. ET/MT, respectively. Both series return for a second season with 12 one-hour episodes. RAY DONOVAN stars Liev Schreiber (RKO 281) in his Golden Globe® Award-nominated role as the title character, alongside Golden Globe Award-winner Jon Voight (Coming Home) as his father. The critically hailed drama MASTERS OF SEX stars Golden Globe Award-nominee Michael Sheen (THE SPOILS OF BABYLON) as William Masters and Lizzy Caplan (127 Hours) as Virginia Johnson, real-life pioneers of human sexuality research. 

 

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The first season of RAY DONOVAN came to a close with an epic showdown resulting in Boston mobster and fugitive Sully’s (James Woods, FAMILY GUY) demise. Season 2 will explore the fallout of his murder for Ray (Liev Schreiber), his father Mickey (Jon Voight), and the FBI, headed by L.A. Bureau Chief Cochran (guest star Hank Azaria, THE SIMPSONS). As the season unfolds, Ray continues to seek balance between the demands of his family, including his volatile relationship with Mickey, and the demands of his Hollywood clients. 

 

The cast of RAY DONOVAN includes Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes), Dash Mihok (Silver Linings Playbook), Steven Bauer (Awakened), Katherine Moennig (THREE RIVERS), Pooch Hall (THE GAME), Kerris Dorsey (BROTHERS & SISTERS), and Devon Bagby (IRONSIDE). Academy Award-nominated actor Elliott Gould (Ocean’s Thirteen) returns as a special guest star for Season 2. In addition to Gould and Azaria, this season also features an impressive line-up of guest stars, including Ann-Margret (LAW & ORDER: SVU), Wendell Pierce (TREME), Sherilyn Fenn (MAGIC CITY), Vinessa Shaw (VEGAS), Brian Geraghty (BOARDWALK EMPIRE), Heather McComb (SHAMELESS), and Kip Pardue (MAD MEN).

 

RAY DONOVAN is created and executive produced by Ann Biderman (SOUTHLAND). A Showtime production, the series is also executive produced by Mark Gordon (CRIMINAL MINDS) and Bryan Zuriff (The Details). 

 

Season 1 MASTERS OF SEX was honoured with both Golden Globe and Writers Guild Award nominations. Starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as real-life pioneers of human sexuality research, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the series chronicles their unusual lives, romance, and pop-culture trajectory. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a mid-western teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine. The series is an adaptation of Thomas Maier’s book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How To Love. Season 2 stars Caitlin Fitzgerald (GOSSIP GIRL), Teddy Sears (666 PARK AVENUE), and Annaleigh Ashford (Frozen), Betsy Brandt (BREAKING BAD), and Keke Palmer (90210) will guest star.

 

MASTERS OF SEX was created and executive produced by Michelle Ashford (HBO’s THE PACIFIC). The series is executive produced by Carl Beverly (JUSTIFIED), Sarah Timberman (UNFORGETTABLE), Judith Verno (SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY’S), and Amy Lippman (RUTH & ERICA). Michael Dinner (JUSTIFIED), Michael Sheen, Tammy Rosen (Trees Lounge), and Thomas Maier (SCHMIDT) serve as producers. MASTERS OF SEX is produced by Sony Pictures Television.

 

In Eastern Canada, episodes are available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand.

 

In Western Canada, episodes will be available in High Definition on HBO Canada HD, on the go with the Shaw Go Movie Central app, Telus Optik TV and Bell TV Online and HBO Canada On Demand.

 

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About The Movie Network:

The Movie Network is a pay television service available in eastern Canada delivering premiere access to Hollywood hit movies, new and exclusive HBO content, critically acclaimed Showtime series and first-rate Canadian programming to subscribers. The Movie Network service includes five 24-hour multiplex channels – The Movie Network, HBO Canada, MExcess, MFun! and MFest. All five multiplex channels are simulcast in High Definition and joined by TMN GO, a multi-platform video streaming service; The Movie Network OnDemand, a Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service available in select areas across eastern Canada; and TMN OnLine, an Internet-based content streaming service. The Movie Network is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about The Movie Network is available at www.themovienetwork.ca.

 

About Movie Central:

Movie Central is a commercial-free premium pay TV service available in western Canada. Movie Central premieres the best in Hollywood, international and Canadian films across eight 24-hour movie channels, including dedicated high-definition feeds, a Movie Central On Demand service and exclusive HBO content on HBO Canada. Movie Central is also the first window for Showtime content and home to cutting-edge Canadian series. A major force in the Canadian independent film and television production industry, Movie Central, through Script to Screen, a writer-oriented feature script development program funded by Movie Central and delivered by NSI supports Canadian filmmaking. Visit the Movie Central website at www.moviecentral.ca.

Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

 

 

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For more information:

For The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)

Jessica Charbonneau, 416.956.8638 or jessica.charbonneau@bellmedia.ca

 

For Movie Central (Western Canada):

Owen McCorquodale, 416.479.6068 or owen.McCorquodale@corusent.com 

 

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