One of the summer’s smartest and sudsiest shows also happens to have the steamiest title. Showtime’s Masters of Sex makes a red-hot return to your TV this July with its scandalous second season, and Entertainment Weekly has the scoop on who’s in (Sarah Silverman!), who’s out (Allison Janney!), and what’s to come in Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan’s sophomore year as sexologists Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson.
“One of the things that’s exciting about our show — daunting but exciting — is that every year is going to look pretty different,” teases showrunner Michelle Ashford. “Bill and Virginia’s careers changed and they went from total obscurity to the front of Time magazine. The sexual revolution was exploding, and Masters and Johnson were a huge part of that.” Season 2 picks up immediately after a newly unemployed Bill showed up on Virginia’s doorstop with a desperate declaration of love, and viewers will get a taste of our favorite sex researchers taking their academic relationship out of the lab and into the bedroom.
But oh, the sizzling Sex is just one of the 57 shows we’re featuring in this year’s massive summer TV preview. We sat down with Under the Dome scribe Stephen King and The Leftovers creator Damon Lindelof for a true meeting of the sci-fi masterminds; spent time with our favorite ‘90s couple Cory and Topanga Matthews on the set of Girl Meets World; grilled the cast of True Blood about the show’s bloody last season; and went to space with Halle Berry (not literally) for her new astronaut drama Extant.
Plus, we’ve got our handy summer calendar to help you navigate the dozens and dozens of worthwhile options on the tube this season, from Teen Wolf, The Killing, Graceland and Matador to new gigs for Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kelsey Grammer, Sean Bean, and the sharks of Shark Week.
For more small-screen action, pick up the Summer TV Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday.