April 28, 2014 1:18pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Sarah Silverman Boards 'Masters of Sex'
Showtime's Masters of Sex is adding comedic talent.
Emmy-winning comedian and actress Sarah Silverman has joined the second season of the drama from Michelle Ashford, the premium cable network announced Monday.
Based on the true story of real-life pioneers of human sexuality William Masters (played by Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), the hourlong series is an adaptation of Thomas Maier's book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love. The show chronicles their journey from doing research in a Missouri hospital to appearing on the cover of Time magazine.
Silverman will recur as Helen, Betty's (Annaleigh Ashford) former lesbian lover. The character is described as a palm reader who believes she's a psychic, who is still pining for Betty. She joins a cast that also includes Caitlin FitzGerald, Teddy Sears, Helene Yorke, Beau Bridges and Allison Janney.
Silverman will soon be seen in Seth MacFarlane's upcoming feature A Million Ways to Die in the West and the drama I Smile Back. Other film credits include Wreck-It Ralph, Take This Waltz and Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic. She also made the New York Times best-seller list with her book, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee. She recently was attached to star in HBO's comedy pilot People in New Jersey. That comedy did not move forward.
Silverman joins Akeelah and the Bee's Keke Palmer and Breaking Bad's Betsy Brandt, who both recently booked recurring roles on Masters' second season that is set to premiere Sunday, July 13.