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From Masters of Sex to Boardwalk Empire: How Accurate Are Fact-Based Dramas?

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Halfway through the pilot episode of the Showtime series Masters of Sex, which is based on the story of real-life sex researchers Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, Masters leaves his wife, Libby, in the care of another doctor as she undergoes infertility treatments so he can slip into a neighboring examination room and watch a prostitute masturbate... It's an amazingly rich six minutes of television that manages not only to set up most of the first season's major plotlines and underlying emotional tensions, but also to explain the story's historical import. In a strictly factual sense, it's also mostly made up.

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Showtime Green-Lights Three New Projects

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Showtime has picked up three pilots, including a docu-comedy, a book adaptation and a drama from Southland creator Ann Biderman, Deadline reports.

Gurland On Gurland documents filmmaker Andrew Gurland (The Last Exorcism) as he pursues the next phase of his career. He will also write and direct the project.

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