Showtime has renewed “Homeland” and “Masters of Sex” for additional seasons.
The thriller drama series “Homeland” has been picked up for a fourth season, while freshman series, “Masters of Sex,” starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan has been renewed for a second season. Both series have been picked up for 12 episodes each.
“’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 entertainment president David Nevins. “The critical and audience reaction to ‘Masters of Sex’ since its great launch has been incredibly gratifying.”
“Homeland” and “Masters of Sex” air Sundays, 9 p.m. ET.
The “Carol Burnett Show” alumnus Carol Burnett and Tim Conway are heading to ’Cleveland.’
Burnett has been cast to play Victoria’s (Wendie Malick) mother Penny, a local TV legend and puppeteer on a children’s program. Meanwhile, Conway will reprise his role as Nick, Elka’s (Betty White) ex-boyfriend, who has his eyes on Penny.
The TV legends will guest star on “Hot in Cleveland” in a forthcoming episode, which is set to air in August.
More casting news…
Allison Janney joins “Masters of Sex.” The “West Wing” alum is set to play Margaret Scully, the wife of Beau Bridges’ character, University Provost Barton Scully, in five episodes of the Showtime drama.
Mary Kay Place has been cast to play Bryan’s (Andrew Rannells) estranged mother on “The New Normal.” [TV Guide]
Andrew Rannells, who stars as Bryan on “The New Normal” will return for the upcoming season of “Girls,” as Elijah, Hannah’s roommate/ex-boyfriend.
Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominated Django Unchained actor Christoph Waltz will make his “Saturday Night Live” hosting on February 16, NBC announced Wednesday.
Waltz, who won an Oscar for his role Inglourious Basterds, will be joined by musical guest Alabama Shakes.
“Saturday Night Live” returns from a one-week hiatus on Feb. 9 with a new episode hosted by Justin Bieber will serve as the host and musical guest on Feb. 9.
More casting news…
Michael Urie (“Partners”) will guest star as an in-demand wedding planner on “Hot In Cleveland.” [EW]
Jamie Dornan will re-appear on “Once Upon A Time.” Dornan will reprise his role as Sheriff Graham on the ABC drama series. [TV Guide]
Bridesmaids Wendi McLendon-Covey will recur on Showtime’s new series “Masters of Sex.” McLendon will portray a human sexuality-centric series as a formidable female doctor who is a mentor to Lizzy Caplan’s leading lady. [Deadline]
Eric Mabius is heading to “Blue Bloods.” Mabius has been cast to guest star as Richard Rourke, a multi-millionaire philanthropist, on the drama series. [TVLine]
Showtime picks up two new pilots: “Ray Donovan” and “Masters of Sex.” Both dramas are slated to premiere 2013.
Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan star in “Masters Of Sex.” The actors will play the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The series chronicles the unusual lives and romance of Masters and Johnson. The series is an adaptation of Thomas Maier’s book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Academy Awardnominee John Madden directed the pilot.
Liev Schreiber plays a titular character “Ray Donovan.” The series follows Ray(Schreiber), L.A.’s best professional “trouble shooter.” Ray is always called to solve the city’s problems but the only problem the ”trouble shooter” can’t resolve are caused by his own damaged Boston “Southie” family. The pilot was directed by Allen Coulter.
“‘Ray Donovan’ and ‘Masters of Sex,’ each in their own distinctive ways, represent the caliber of programming we want to bring to our subscribers,” David Nevins, president of entertainment at Showtime, said in a press release. “Both series are ambitious and expansive, and feature great writing and great acting.”
The hour-long dramas have both received 12-episode orders.