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Showtime Renews Homeland and Masters of Sex for 2014

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showtimeShowtime has announced that Homeland and Masters of Sex have been renewed for 2014, which will see the fourth and second 12-episode seasons of the dramas, respectively.

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 Showtime President David 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.”

Recently nominated for 11 Emmys, and honored with wins for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, Homeland‘s audience this season is  up 26% over season two, its first year without having Dexter as a lead-in. Meanwhile, Masters of Sex is outpacing the first season of Homeland by 33% and has drawn critical raves of its own, particularly for leads Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen and the show’s approach to topics not often covered on television.

On the next episode of Homeland, Carrie puts her mission on the line to do a risky favor, Saul is forced to socialize with Senator Lockhart on a hunting trip, and Dana makes a shocking discovery, while on Masters of Sex, Virginia tries to connect with her son, Bill grows more anxious about becoming a father, and Ethan’s budding relationship with Vivian impacts his medical career.

Homeland airs Sundays at 9:00 on Showtime, with Masters of Sex following at 10:00. You can check out the latest review of the former here and the latest recap of the latter here.

What have you thought about Homeland this season? Can Masters of Sex possibly be the Next Great Television Drama? Do you think the two series should air together again next year?

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