Showtime renews 'Homeland,' 'Masters of Sex'

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claire-danes-damian-lewis-homeland-masters-of-sex-renewed-showtime.jpgShowtime continues to celebrate the strength of its network with the renewal of two buzzy series.

On Tuesday (Oct. 22), the pay cabler announced it has renewed "Homeland" for a Season 4, as well as giving its Sunday night companion, "Masters of Sex," a Season 2. Both are set to return in 2014 with 12 one-hour episodes.

"'Homeland' continues to prove its strength for Showtime, and is one of television's most exciting, provocative and widely-discussed shows.  It has grown its audience significantly in each of its three seasons," David Nevins, president of entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc., said in a statement announcing the renewals. "The critical and audience reaction to 'Masters of Sex' since its great launch has been incredibly gratifying.  It's a privilege to get to work with such talented and creative people as Alex Gansa and Michelle Ashford, as well as their tremendous casts.  They have each created truly original shows, with distinctive voices that are among the most admired series on television."

"Homeland" stands as the network's No. 1 rated series in Season 3 (now that "Dexter" has ended) and, though viewers and critics alike may be frustrated by the slow approach this season, the series averages 6.5 million weekly viewers, up 26 percent from its second season in the same time frame.

"Masters of Sex" currently averages 5.4 million weekly viewers, besting the numbers "Homeland" pulled in the same time frame during its freshman season.

"Homeland" and "Masters of Sex" currently air Sundays at 9 and 10 p.m. ET, respectively, on Showtime.

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