The Showtime series Masters of Sex has been picked up for a third season, a surprise to no one given the heaps of critical acclaim that have been piled onto the period drama about the true story of Dr. William Masters and his research assistant Virginia Johnson, who performed groundbreaking research into human sexuality during the 1950s.
The show is based on the book about Masters and Johnson, Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love by Thomas Maier. Masters is played by Martin Sheen and Johnson is played by Lizzy Caplan, a formerly under-the-radar actress for whom the part has served as a breakout role.
Showtime made the predictable announcement that the show will get a third season just a few days before the Primetime Emmys, where Caplan is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama. Caplan is seen as a bit of an underdog, and is facing competition from five other talented actresses on acclaimed drama series, but she has been praised for inhabiting the period role in a way that’s both authentic and fresh.
“Virginia and I share quite a few similarities,” Caplan said in a recent interview with Los Angeles Confidential. “My approach to sex and relationships at certain times in my life fell completely in line with how she viewed those topics in certain points in her life. There were eerie things that we had in common that I don’t really tell anybody, very specific details. It started to feel like she and I shared this cosmic connection.”