Showtime announced today that Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan will both be renewed for a third season, with twelve episodes slated for each series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Production on the new episodes will reportedly begin early next year.
The announcement comes just several days before the Emmy Awards, for which Ray Donovan co-star Jon Voigt received a nomination for best supporting actor and Masters of Sex received five nominations. Actress Allison Janney already won the Emmy award for her guest role on Masters of Sex. Lizzy Caplan received a nomination for lead actress for her role on the show, and the show was also nominated for guest actor (Beau Bridges), main title design and art direction for a period series, miniseries or movie. The critically acclaimed period drama was also nominated for four Critics Choice Television Awards and two Golden Globes this year.
"Both Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex are quintessentially Showtime: bold, provocative, premium television with production values at the top of the food chain,"said Showtime Networks President David Nevins told The Hollywood Reporter. "These acclaimed shows are filled with complex and interesting characters and settings that will no doubt give audiences compelling television to invest in for seasons to come."