With the season premiere of Masters of Sex last week, the show received some critical backlash due its new storyline – giving the children, now a little bigger, some more screen time and visibility that it didn’t have in the prior two seasons. The showrunner Michelle Ashford did a candid chat with The Hollywood Reporter, responding the criticisms.
Why did you decide to fast-forward four years?
It was really a rather placid time. Essentially what [Bill and Virginia] did for ten years was accumulate research. Everything was on track: they were working, collecting, writing, etc. Then they presented their book. When you’re telling a story that spans 30-plus years, you want to get to the part where things change for them significantly, so we felt like we needed to make a fairly big leap. Of course, there is a lot that comes with a change like that. I know these jumps can be a little disconcerting, but once we settle in we’ll just be going straight ahead for the rest of the season — no more time jumping. … You have to re-ground yourself. It was tough to figure out how to keep the characters themselves and yet move them through time like this.
What did we miss in that period of time?
Bill and Virginia became more comfortable with being a couple, and Libby became more comfortable with realizing that this was going to be a permanent part of her life and that she needed to make peace with it. One of the other things I miss is that we didn’t get to see the end of Libby’s relationship with Robert. It would have been nice to see how that one played out. We’re going to have to piecemeal reveal to the audience what happened there over this season since his character will not be back.
Read the full interview on The Hollywood Reporter.