'Ray Donovan' and 'Masters of Sex' get Season 3 pick-ups from Showtime

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ray-donovan-masters-of-sex-season-3-renewed.jpgCritically-acclaimed dramas "Masters of Sex" and "Ray Donovan" has received Season 3 pick-ups from Showtime, the network announced Wednesday (Aug. 20). Both series have been greenlit for 12 one-hour episodes, with production beginning in early 2015.

Showtime president David Nevins praises both dramas, saying in a statement, "Both 'Ray Donovan' and 'Masters of Sex' are quintessentially Showtime: Bold, provocative, premium television with production values at the top of the food chain. These acclaimed shows are filled with complex and interesting characters and settings that will no doubt give audiences compelling television to invest in for seasons to come."

Both series have been honored with multiple award nominations and wins for their first seasons, which aired summer 2013. "Ray Donovan" has one Emmy nomination and two Golden Globe nominations (with one win for Jon Voight), while "Masters of Sex" has two Golden Globe nominations and four Emmy nominations (with one win so far for with Allison Janney).

The second seasons of both dramas are currently airing on Showtime. If the pattern from this summer holds, the third seasons should premiere July 2015.
Photo/Video credit: Showtime