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TV News: Showtime, NBC, Grace, Mad, Fargo

By Garth Franklin Wednesday March 19th 2014 10:30PM

Showtime
Showtime has announced that returning series "Ray Donovan" and "Masters of Sex" are scheduled to air their second seasons together starting July 13th. Both will air twelve one-hour episodes throughout the third quarter of this year.

'Masters' is returning a little earlier than expected as it aired during the fourth quarter of last year. Showtime is expected to team its new drama "The Affair" with the fourth season of "Homeland" in the fourth quarter of this year. [Source: Variety]

NBC
NBC has announced it plans to renew its dramas "Chicago Fire," "Chicago P.D." and "Grimm" for the 2014-15 season. All three series join the previously picked up "The Blacklist," "Parks and Recreation," "The Voice," "Celebrity Apprentice," and "The Biggest Loser".

NBC is winning the season in adults 18-49, and ranked #1 for the first time in 10 years this late in the season. [Source: TV By The Numbers]

The Comedians
FX has given a series order to the 13-episode, single-camera, half-hour comedy "The Comedians".

Billy Crystal plays a superstar veteran comedian who is reluctantly paired with an edgier up-and-coming star (Josh Gad) on a late-night sketch comedy show. [Source: The Live Feed]

Grace and Frankie
"9 to 5" stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are reuniting for the new 13-episode comedy series "Grace and Frankie" from "Friends" creator Marta Kauffman and Netflix.

The pair play nemeses whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married. The women soon find that their lives are permanently intertwined. [Source: The Live Feed]

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