Ray Donovan is an American television crime drama series created by Ann Biderman for Showtime. The twelve-episode first season premiered on June 30, 2013. The pilot episode broke viewership records, becoming the biggest premiere of all time on Showtime. On December 20, 2018, Showtime renewed the show for a seventh season which premiered on November 17, 2019.
Release date: December 29, 2019 at 8/7c
Cast: Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey, Devon Bagby, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon, Graham Rogers
The drama is set in Los Angeles, California, where Irish-American Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber), originally from South Boston, works for the powerful law firm Goldman & Drexler, representing the rich and famous. Donovan is a crime cleaner or fixer who arranges bribes, payoffs, threats, and other illegal activities, to ensure the outcome desired by the client. Good at his job, Ray is also normally a devoted family man. He experiences problems when his menacing father, Mickey Donovan (Jon Voight), is unexpectedly released from prison, and the FBI attempts to bring down Ray and his associates.
The first season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 10, 2014. The second season was released on both media on May 26, 2015. The third season was released on DVD and blu-ray on December 29, 2015. The fourth season was released on DVD on December 27, 2016. The fifth season saw a DVD release on January 30, 2018.
Ray Donovan has received positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the first season a rating of 77% based on reviews from 43 critics, with the site’s consensus stating: “Ray Donovan moves quickly between genres and tones, with Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight’s performances making the whiplash worth it”. Metacritic gives the first season a weighted average score of 75 out of 100, based on reviews from 36 critics, indicating “generally positive reviews”.
Tim Goodman, writing for The Hollywood Reporter, said that “Showtime has another gem on their hands” and the casting of Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight was “gold”.
Liev Schreiber (/liˈɛv/; born October 4, 1967) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. He became known during the late 1990s and early 2000s, having appeared in several independent films, and later mainstream Hollywood films, including the Scream trilogy of horror films, Ransom (1996), Phantoms (1998), The Sum of All Fears (2002), The Omen (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Taking Woodstock (2009), Salt (2010), Goon (2011), Pawn Sacrifice (2014), and Spotlight (2015). He later became known to a younger generation of audiences for his work in My Little Pony: The Movie (2017), Isle of Dogs and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018).
Schreiber is also a stage actor, having performed in several Broadway productions. In 2005, he won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in the play Glengarry Glen Ross. That year, he made his debut as a film director and writer with Everything Is Illuminated (2005), based on the novel of the same name. Schreiber has had further success in the television world, notably portraying the eponymous protagonist of the Showtime drama series Ray Donovan (2013–present); the role has earned him five Golden Globe Award nominations and three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. He also narrates the HBO series 24/7, as well as various PBS programs.
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