'Masters of Sex' and 'Ray Donovan' renewed for third seasons

'Masters of Sex' and 'Ray Donovan' will be back for third seasons

Showtime announced it was renewing two of its most critically-acclaimed dramas on Wednesday: "Masters of Sex" and "Ray Donovan."

Both shows are currently airing their second seasons and will resume production in early 2015 for 12-episode third seasons to air late next year.

"Masters of Sex" is set in the 1950s and follows the ground-breaking sex research of Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan). Caplan was nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama series at the Emmy Awards to take place Monday night. Beau Bridges and Allison Janney also received Emmy nominations for their work on the series. Janney won for her guest spot.

"Ray Donovan" stars Liev Schreiber as a fixer for a high-powered Los Angeles law firm who has family connections to the criminal side of life. Schreiber earned a Golden Globe nomination last year for his role. And Jon Voight, who plays Schreiber's father, heads to the Emmys on Monday with a nomination for supporting actor.

"Masters of Sex's" ratings continue to rise, with the series currently averaging around 4 million viewers per episode. "Ray Donovan" is doing even better, with current average ratings of 5 million per episode. The most recent episode of "Masters of Sex" was the show's highest rated to date.

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