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Thomas Maier's biography 'Masters of Sex' becomes a Showtime series

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(Read caption) Michael Sheen (r.) and Lizzy Caplan (l.) star on 'Masters of Sex.'

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The book “Masters of Sex” by Thomas Maier is the basis of a new fall Showtime series of the same name.

The show (and the book) centers on William H. Masters, a gynecologist, and Virginia Johnson, his assistant who becomes his partner in research into human sexuality.

“Masters” stars Michael Sheen of “Frost/Nixon” and “The Queen” as Masters, while “True Blood” actress Lizzy Caplan takes on the role of Johnson.

So far, reviews of the series have been mostly positive, with New York Times critic Alessandra Stanley writing that the show is “enjoyable mainly because the actors are so good… [it] gets better as it goes on. But without an extra dimension, or a broader glimpse of a world beyond St. Louis, the series eventually grows a little claustrophobic and thin.”


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