|Created by||Ann Biderman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||24 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Bryan Zuriff
|Running time||45–60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||The Mark Gordon Company
Ann Biderman Co.
Bider Sweet Productions
|Original run||June 30, 2013– present|
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 records of viewership, becoming the biggest premiere of all time on Showtime.
The show takes place in Los Angeles, California, where Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber), originally from South Boston, is a "fixer" for the powerful law firm Goldman & Drexler, representing the rich and famous. Ray experiences his own problems when his father, Mickey Donovan (Jon Voight), is unexpectedly released from prison, and FBI agents try bringing down Ray and his associates.
Cast and characters
- Liev Schreiber as Raymond "Ray" Donovan.
- Paula Malcomson as Abby Donovan, Ray's wife.
- Eddie Marsan as Terrence "Terry" Donovan, Ray's older brother. Suffers from Parkinson's disease.
- Dash Mihok as Brendan "Bunchy" Donovan, Ray's younger brother. Identifies himself as an alcoholic and a sexual anorexic.
- Pooch Hall as Daryll Donovan, Ray's younger half-brother (via Mickey and Claudette). A professional boxer, trained by Terry, he also drives limos.
- Steven Bauer as Avi, Ray's right-hand man. Former IDF soldier and ex-Mossad agent.
- Katherine Moennig as Lena, a PR press agent working for Ray.
- Kerris Dorsey as Bridget Donovan, Ray's daughter.
- Devon Bagby as Conor Donovan, Ray's son.
- Jon Voight as Mickey Donovan, Ray's father.
- Elliott Gould as Ezra Goldman, Ray's mentor and boss
- Peter Jacobson as Lee Drexler, Ezra's business partner
- Denise Crosby as Deb
- William Stanford Davis as Potato Pie
- Ambyr Childers as Ashley Rucker
- Josh Pais as Stu Feldman
- Sheryl Lee Ralph as Claudette
- Austin Nichols as Tommy Wheeler
- Brooke Smith as Frances
- Michael McGrady as Frank Barnes
- Craig Ricci Shaynak as Kenneth "Tiny" Benson, Sully's nephew (season 1 - 2)
- Octavius J. Johnson as Marvin Gaye Washington (season 1 - 2)
- Frank Whaley as Van Miller (season 1)
- Johnathon Schaech as Sean Walker (season 1)
- James Woods as Patrick "Sully" Sullivan (season 1)
- Rosanna Arquette as Linda (season 1)
- Hank Azaria as Ed Cochran (season 2)
- Sherilyn Fenn as Donna Cochran (season 2)
- Ann-Margret as June Wilson (season 2)
- Kip Pardue as FBI Agent Tom Volchek (season 2)
- Wendell Pierce as Ronald Keith (season 2)
- Vinessa Shaw as Kate McPherson (season 2)
- Omar Dorsey as Cookie Brown (season 2)
- Brian Geraghty as Detective Jim Halloran (season 2)
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD and Blu-ray release dates|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||12||June 30, 2013||September 22, 2013||June 10, 2014||TBA||June 11, 2014|
|2||12||July 13, 2014||September 28, 2014||TBA||TBA||TBA|
Ray Donovan has been met with mostly positive reviews from critics. The first season holds a rating of 76% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus reading: "Ray Donovan moves quickly between genres and tones, with Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight's performances making the whiplash worth it". On Metacritic, the show has a score of 75 out of 100, based on 36 critics, indicating "generally positive reviews".
Awards and nominations
In June 2013, the series was honored, along with five others, with the Critics' Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series.
In December 2013, the series earned two Golden Globe nominations, both for acting. Schreiber was nominated for Best Actor in a Television Drama Series, and Voight won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series. In July 2014, Voight was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Home media release
The first season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 10, 2014.
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- Littleton, Cynthia (June 11, 2012). "Showtime gives series orders to 'Donovan,' 'Sex'". Variety. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
- O'Connell, Michael. "TV Ratings: 'Ray Donovan' Premiere Tops 'Homeland' With Showtime Record". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
- Lambert, David (March 10, 2014). "Ray Donovan - 'The 1st Season' of the Showtime Series on DVD and Blu-ray". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
- "Ray Donovan: Season 1". Ezy DVD. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
- The BTJA Announces Icon Award Recipient and Most Exciting New Series Honorees (June 10, 2013). criticschoice.com. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
- Official website
- Ray Donovan at the Internet Movie Database
- Ray Donovan at TV.com
- Ray Donovan at Metacritic
- Ray Donovan at Rotten Tomatoes