February 29, 2012 2:25pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges Join Showtime's 'Masters of Sex' Pilot
Showtime's sexual revolution drama pilot is adding a pair of Emmy winners.
Justified's Margo Martindale and Brothers & Sisters' Beau Bridges have joined the cast of the Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan drama pilot that explores the couple who explored the science of human sexuality and whose research touched off the sexual revolution.
Bridges will play University chancellor Barton Scully, William Masters' (Sheen) boss. Martindale will guest star as Miss Horchow, Masters' by-the-book secretary, Showtime announced Wednesday.
The drama pilot, based on Thomas Maier's Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love, is being directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) and begins production in March in New York.
The project reunites Martindale with Justified's Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly, who are executive producing the pilot alongside The Pacific's Michelle Ashford and Judith Verno.
In addition, Gossip Girl's Caitlin Fitzgerald has joined the Sony Pictures Television pilot as William's wife, Libby.
Martindale now co-stars on CBS' drama A Gifted Man, starring Patrick Wilson. CBS has yet to make a decision on whether the first-year series will return for a second season.
In addition to guest starring in the Showtime pilot, the Gersh-repped actress also has booked a co-starring role in ABC's pilot Counter Culture. In the comedy, which also stars Everybody Loves Raymond's Dorris Roberts, Martindale will play the eldest of three sisters who run their West Texas diner, THR has confirmed. The role is in second position to Gifted Man and would be recast should the CBS series be picked up for a second edition.
Bridges has 14 Emmy nominations and three wins in his 60-year career that includes roles on Desperate Housewives, The Closer and My Name Is Earl. He's repped by CAA.
Masters of Sex is one of three projects ordered to pilot under new Showtime topper David Nevins. It joins docuseries Gurland on Gurland and drama Ray Donovan at the premium cable network.