TV briefs: Showtime summer season, April awards shows

Summer sizzle: Showtime has set the summer premieres for the award-winning dramas “Ray Donovan” and “Masters of Sex.” Both series will premiere at 9 and 10 p.m. Sunday, July 12, and each will have 12 one-hour episode seasons.

“Ray Donovan” is the network’s highest-rated freshman series ever and averaged 5.3 million weekly viewers in its sophomore year, and earned two Golden Globe win and multiple Emmy nominations.

“Masters of Sex” averaged 3.4 million weekly viewers in its second season, was honored with five Emmy Award nominations and was named one of AFI’s Top Ten Television Programs of the Year.

A tip of the cap: Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Reba, George Strait, Taylor Swift and Brooks & Dunn will be honored with the “50th Anniversary Milestone Award” commemorating their career achievements in ACM Awards history. The seven honorees will each receive a trophy during the “50th Academy of Country Music Awards.”

The ceremony, co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 19, from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Battle royale: The “2015 MTV Movie Awards” will be the only awards show where “Guardians of the Galaxy” will go head-to-head with “American Sniper,” and fierce females Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson will face off for the coveted golden popcorn.

Fans can cast their votes for their favorites at through Saturday, April 11. Voting for “Movie of the Year” will continue throughout the live broadcast of the show.

Hosted by Amy Schumer, the telecast will air at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 12 from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.