Ray Donovan

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This article is about the TV series. For the former United States Secretary of Labor, see Raymond J. Donovan.
Ray Donovan
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Genre Crime drama
Family drama
Created by Ann Biderman
Starring
Composer(s) Marcelo Zarvos
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 45 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Allen Coulter
Running time 45–60 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Release
Original network Showtime
Original release June 30, 2013 (2013-06-30) – present (present)
External links
Official website

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.[1][2][3] The pilot episode broke records of viewership, becoming the biggest premiere of all time on Showtime.[4] Showtime renewed the show for a fourth season, which premiered on June 26, 2016.[5] On August 11, 2016, Showtime renewed the show for a fifth season.[6]

Plot[edit]

The show takes place 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 "Fixer": a person who arranges bribes, payoffs, threats, etc. to ensure the outcome of a given situation. Ray experiences his own problems when his father, Mickey Donovan (Jon Voight), is unexpectedly released from prison, and the FBI attempts to bring down Ray and his associates.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 12 June 30, 2013 (2013-06-30) September 22, 2013 (2013-09-22)
2 12 July 13, 2014 (2014-07-13) September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28)
3 12 July 12, 2015 (2015-07-12) September 27, 2015 (2015-09-27)
4 12 June 26, 2016 (2016-06-26) September 11, 2016 (2016-09-11)

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Ray Donovan has received 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".[11] On Metacritic, the show has a score of 75 out of 100, based on 36 critics, indicating "generally positive reviews".[12] 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".[13]

During the 2015 Season, Katie Holmes made a variety of guest appearances as a character named Paige. Fans thought it peculiar that Holmes wore braces during her guest appearances. In an interview later that year, Holmes explained that her character has migraine headaches that the braces help.[14]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In July 2016, lead actor Liev Schreiber was nominated for an Emmy Award.[15]

In June 2013, the series was honored, along with five others, with the Critics' Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series.[16]

In December 2013, the series earned two Golden Globe Award nominations, both for acting. Liev Schreiber was nominated for Best Actor in a Television Series — Drama and Jon Voight won for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film. In July 2014, Voight was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Most Exciting New Series Ray Donovan Won
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Jon Voight Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Liev Schreiber Nominated
Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Jon Voight Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Writers Guild of America Awards Best New Series Ray Donovan Nominated
2015 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Liev Schreiber Nominated
Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Jon Voight Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Liev Schreiber Nominated
2016 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated
Best Television Series – Drama Ray Donovan Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Liev Schreiber Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Pending
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jon Voight Pending
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series David Hollander Pending
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour) Pending
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Hank Azaria Pending

Home media release[edit]

The first season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 10, 2014.[17] The second season was released on both media on May 26, 2015. The third season was released on both media on December 29, 2015.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Showtime(R) 2013 Original Series Premiere Slate". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ Sara Bibel (June 11, 2012). "Showtime Orders Twelve Episodes of Two New Dramas, 'Ray Donovan' and 'Masters of Sex'". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (June 11, 2012). "Showtime gives series orders to 'Donovan,' 'Sex'". Variety. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ O'Connell, Michael. "TV Ratings: 'Ray Donovan' Premiere Tops 'Homeland' With Showtime Record". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ Abrams, Natalie (August 11, 2015). "'Showtime renews Masters of Sex, Ray Donovan'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ Pedersen, Erik (August 11, 2016). "'Ray Donovan' Renewed For Season 5 On Showtime". Deadline. Retrieved August 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Ian McShane Joins Showtime's 'Ray Donovan'". Deadline Hollywood. January 21, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015. 
  8. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (January 27, 2015). "Katie Holmes Joins 'Ray Donovan' Season 3". Variety. Retrieved March 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ http://deadline.com/2016/02/ted-levine-ismael-cruz-cordova-cast-ray-donovan-1201699922/
  10. ^ http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/ray-donovan-gabriel-mann-casting-season-4-1201701786/
  11. ^ "Ray Donovan: Season 1". rottentomatoes.com. 
  12. ^ "Ray Donovan". Metacritic. 
  13. ^ Tim Goodman. "Ray Donovan: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  14. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/katie-holmes-reveals-mystery-braces-ray-donovan-gma/story?id=32613582
  15. ^ http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-st-emmy-nominations-live-updates-liev-schreiber-celebrates-his-emmys-1468514269-htmlstory.html
  16. ^ The BTJA Announces Icon Award Recipient and Most Exciting New Series Honorees (June 10, 2013). criticschoice.com. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  17. ^ 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. 

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