Showtime Greenlights Pilots for MASTERS OF SEX, RAY DONOVAN, and GURLAND ON GURLAND

     August 22, 2011

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More new series are already heading into development even though the new fall season is still about a month away. This time it’s Showtime that has picked up a few new projects as THR reports the cable network has lined up three new pilots. The first is a half-hour docu-comedy called Gurland on Gurland from The Last Exorcism writer Andrew Gurland who will also direct and star in the series which chronicles his own life and focuses on the challenges associated with entering the next phase of his career. I’m not sure if this will be more like a mockumentary style show on the inside of show business, but it sounds interesting at least.

Details on the other two new pilots Showtime has greenlit after the jump.

With series like Dexter making Showtime a hot stop for great cable drama, the network is looking to expand their dramatic horizons even more with Ray Donovan, a new one-hour dark family drama. The series from Ann Biderman (Southland) follows a LA-based fixer for the rich and famous who in his personal life is broken. In addition, Showtime has also picked up Masters of Sex. Based on Thomas Maier’s book of the same name, the series would follow the lives and unusual relationship between influential sexual education researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The Pacific and John Adams miniseries writer Michelle Asford is behind the script and she’ll also executive produce the series as well. Honestly, I don’t think Showtime’s series offerings have been as consistently stellar as HBO, but these three series each sound interesting in their own way. Stay tuned as more TV projects comes out of the woodwork for the new development season.

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