'Homeland' Renewed for a Fouth Season and 'Masters of Sex' Renewed for a Second Season by Showtime

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October 22nd, 2013


Showtime has renewed both Homeland and Masters of Sex for new seasons.

via press release:



Renewal Arrives On The Heels Of Strong Growth

In Viewership For Both Series

LOS ANGELES, CA – (October 22, 2013) – Today, SHOWTIME announced the renewals of its Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning series HOMELAND and the critically-acclaimed drama MASTERS OF SEX for their fourth and second seasons respectively. Both series are set to return in 2014 with 12 one-hour episodes. HOMELAND airs on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT, followed by MASTERS OF SEX at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.   The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.


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," said Nevins. “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.”


The network’s No.1 rated series, HOMELAND continues its growth trajectory in season three with 6.5 million weekly viewers, up 26 percent from its second season in the same time frame (vs. 5.1 million). Developed for American television by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, and based on the original Israeli series "Prisoners of War" by Gideon Raff, HOMELAND stars Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Claire Danes, Emmy winner Damian Lewis, and Emmy and Tony® Award winner Mandy Patinkin.  HOMELAND has been honored with a number of major awards for the series and its stars across a variety of categories in its first two seasons including Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Drama, as well as a prestigious Peabody Award. The series also stars Morena Baccarin, Rupert Friend, Sarita Choudhoury, Tracy Letts, Jackson Pace, Morgan Saylor and F. Murray Abraham.   Along with Gansa and Gordon, the executive producers for season three are Gideon Raff, Chip Johannessen, Alexander Cary, Henry Bromell, Avi Nir and Ran Telem. The series is produced by FOX 21.



MASTERS OF SEX currently averages 5.4 million weekly viewers in its freshman season, up 33 percent from HOMELAND’s first season in the same time frame.  The series stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, who portray real-life human sexuality pioneers, William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The series chronicles their unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory.   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.  The pilot episode was directed by Academy Award® nominee John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, and the hit indie film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), who also serves as executive producer. The series also stars Caitlin Fitzgerald (It's Complicated) in the role of Masters' wife, Nicholas D'Agosto (Heroes)  and Teddy Sears (American Horror Story).  Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor Beau Bridges and Emmy award winner Margo Martindale also appear. MASTERS OF SEX was created and executive produced by Michelle Ashford (The Pacific).  The series is executive produced by Timberman Beverly Productions' Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman, and Judith Verno.  Michael Sheen and Tammy Rosen serve as producers.  MASTERS OF SEX is produced by Sony Pictures Television.


Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2™, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD™, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, FLIX ON DEMAND® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND, and the network's authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel™. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.


  • Charlie

    but but but masters of sex stinks

  • Mary

    Dante, they should delete your post just because it’s weird. Beyond weird. It’s like you’re trying to be funny about something that’s not funny.

    As for the renewals–Yay!! I was worried about MoS. I love that show.

  • Eric

    Hooray! Homeland is outstanding and Masters of Sex is, well… growing on me. (insert joke here.)

  • j

    Masters of Sex does not stink.
    It’s better than almost anything else on TV, including all that stuff with gushing fanboys falling over themselves to declare them the bestest thing ever.

  • The End

    No surprise here. Homeland’s been renewed every season after episode 4 and MoS is awesome. But Homeland is pretty weird this year. In a bad way.

  • David

    I love homeland this season. Yay!

  • josh

    Dante, they should delete your post just because it’s weird. Beyond weird. It’s like you’re trying to be funny about something that’s not funny.

    pedophils arnt funny ? hah you havent seen family guy yet

  • Jon

    Yes MoS renewed. Haters was wrong yet again lol :-)

  • thedemonhog

    “HOMELAND stars Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Claire Danes, Emmy winner Damian Lewis, and Emmy and Tony® Award winner Mandy Patinkin.”

    Odd that they did not mention Lewis’s Golden Globe.

  • Seth

    Homeland is the stupidest show on TV in my opinion, but it’s renewal was foregone, it gets great viewership.

  • catocony

    I’m not enjoying Homeland much at all this season. But, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how good Masters of Sex has been. It’s a great addition to the Showtime slate.

  • John A

    Homeland stinks this year. MOS is stable but not growing much. Take away Homeland lead in and it would drop.

  • Paris

    They should announce it as DANALAND’s final season.

  • Barnz

    ^ This

  • were123

    Great! I love Homeland! Even if the season haven’t been as great as S1 (or 2 for that matter), it’s still good. I hope S4 (or the rest of S3) can pick up some momentum

  • TSC’s Revenge

    I love both of them… so GREAT news!!

  • BlueTahoe

    Homeland has been one of my favorite shows, but, this year not as much because there is way to much Dana. Why does she have such a large role on the show? Who’s lawn is she mowing? Is she the Producer’s daughter? Send her away to boarding school or something.

    I like Masters of Sex. A completely different type of show which we need more of on TV.

  • Mary

    Masters in neither great nor bad. Just ho-hum.

  • Kata

    So excited about Homeland. Excellent acting by Danes this season too. Don’t care much about Masters….

  • Kata

    So tired of all the bitching about Dana as well. Obviously she has a storyline for a reason.

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