Ray Donovan is an American crime drama television series created by Ann Biderman for Showtime. The twelve-episode first season premiered on June 30, 2013.[1][2][3]

Ray Donovan
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GenreCrime drama
Family drama
Psychological drama
Neo-noir
Created byAnn Biderman
Starring
ComposerMarcelo Zarvos
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes82 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
ProducerAllen Coulter
Production locationsLos Angeles, California
New York City, New York
Running time45–60 minutes
Production companies
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Release
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseJune 30, 2013 (2013-06-30) –
January 19, 2020 (2020-01-19)
External links
Official website

The pilot episode, starring Liev Schreiber as Donovan, broke viewership records, becoming the biggest premiere of all time on Showtime.[4] On February 4, 2020, Showtime cancelled the series after seven seasons. On February 24, 2021, the network announced plans to make a feature-length film to conclude the storyline, to premiere in 2022.[5][6]

The drama is set primarily in Los Angeles, California (during seasons 1–5) and in New York City, New York (during seasons 6–7). The main character, Ray Donovan, is a professional "fixer" who arranges bribes, payoffs, threats, crime-scene clean-up, and other illegal activities to protect his (usually) celebrity clients. Good at his job, he is also normally devoted to his children and brothers, but has a complicated relationship with his wife. He encounters problems when his menacing father, Mickey Donovan (Jon Voight), is unexpectedly released from prison. The FBI attempts to bring down Mickey and his associates, and Donovan struggles to escape the undertow.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
112June 30, 2013 (2013-06-30)September 22, 2013 (2013-09-22)
212July 13, 2014 (2014-07-13)September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28)
312July 12, 2015 (2015-07-12)September 27, 2015 (2015-09-27)
412June 26, 2016 (2016-06-26)September 18, 2016 (2016-09-18)
512August 6, 2017 (2017-08-06)October 29, 2017 (2017-10-29)
612October 28, 2018 (2018-10-28)January 13, 2019 (2019-01-13)
710November 17, 2019 (2019-11-17)January 19, 2020 (2020-01-19)

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Liev Schreiber as Raymond "Ray" Donovan
  • Paula Malcomson as Abigail "Abby" Donovan, Ray's wife (seasons 1–5)
  • Eddie Marsan as Terrence "Terry" Donovan, Ray's older brother. A former boxer, he has Parkinson's disease
  • Dash Mihok as Brendan "Bunchy" Donovan, Ray's younger brother. Identifies as a sexual anorexic
  • Pooch Hall as Daryll Donovan, Ray's younger biracial half-brother (son of Mickey and Claudette). A professional boxer, trained by Terry, he also drives limos
  • Steven Bauer as Avi Rudin, Ray's right-hand man. Former IDF soldier and ex–Mossad agent (seasons 1–5)
  • Katherine Moennig as Lena Burnham, Ray's investigative assistant
  • Kerris Dorsey as Bridget Donovan, Ray's daughter
  • Devon Bagby as Conor Donovan, Ray's son (seasons 1–6)
  • Jon Voight as Michael "Mickey" Donovan, Ray's father
  • Susan Sarandon as Samantha "Sam" Winslow, Ray's new boss (recurring season 5; season 6)
  • Graham Rogers as Jacob "Smitty" Smith, Bridget's boyfriend turned husband. (recurring season 5; seasons 6–7).[7]

RecurringEdit

Cancellation and feature-length filmEdit

On February 4, 2020, Showtime cancelled the series after seven seasons.[5]

The series was cancelled without any advance warning, leaving fans and showrunner, David Hollander, in shock. Season 8 was supposed to have been the final season, and Hollander already had a plan in place creatively for the story.[12][13]

A week later, Liev Schreiber wrote on his Instagram account that due to fans' support and activity in media, there was a possibility for Ray Donovan to return.[14] The decision to cancel the series was reportedly for political reasons amid the recent merger between CBS, which owns Showtime, and Viacom, which "did not recognize the power of the fan base and social media".[15] On August 19, Schreiber commented on his Instagram that "an RD finale/movie" was being written.[16]

On February 24, 2021, Showtime announced a feature-length film to conclude the storyline, to premiere in 2022, with David Hollander directing it and co-writing with Schreiber.[6] The network brought them the idea of a film after fans' outrage. The two-hour format gave them an ability "to work in very cinematic language".[17] Beside the original cast returning, Chris Petrovski, AJ Michalka, David Patrick Kelly and Chris Gray had joined the film.[18][19][20][21]

On November 22, the official trailer and poster for the film, titled Ray Donovan: The Movie were released, with a premiere date of January 14, 2022 and tagline "You can't outrun your legacy".[22]

Home mediaEdit

The first season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 10, 2014.[23] The second season was released on both media on May 26, 2015 and the third season released on December 29, 2015. Further seasons were released only on DVD. The fourth season saw a release on December 27, 2016, the fifth season on January 30, 2018, the sixth season came out on April 9, 2019, and the seventh season on May 5, 2020.[24]

Indian versionEdit

In 2021, Netflix India announced that it will broadcast a local remake of the series, titled Rana Naidu with starring Rana Daggubati and his uncle Venkatesh. The series will be produced by Locomotive Global and the format rights are licensed by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, with Karan Anshuman as showrunner and director and Suparn Verma as co-director.[25]

ReceptionEdit

Rotten Tomatoes evaluation by season
Season 1 2 3 4 5 6
Rating 76[26] 73[27] 77[28] 50[29] 100[30] 60[31]

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".[32] Metacritic gives the first season a weighted average score of 75 out of 100, based on reviews from 36 critics, indicating "generally positive reviews".[33]

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".[34]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Recipients Result Ref.
2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Most Exciting New Series Ray Donovan Won [35]
2014 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Jon Voight Nominated [36]
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jon Voight Nominated [37]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Liev Schreiber Nominated [38]
Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Jon Voight Won [38]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jon Voight Nominated [39]
Writers Guild of America Awards Best New Series Ray Donovan Nominated [40]
2015 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Liev Schreiber Nominated [38]
Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Jon Voight Nominated [38]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Liev Schreiber Nominated [39]
2016 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Liev Schreiber Nominated [41]
Best Television Series – Drama Ray Donovan Nominated [41]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Liev Schreiber Nominated [38]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Liev Schreiber Nominated [39]
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jon Voight Nominated [39]
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series David Hollander Nominated [39]
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour) Harrison Marsh, Robert Edmondson, R. Russell Smith Nominated [39]
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Hank Azaria Won [39]
2017 Canadian Society of Cinematographers Awards TV Series Cinematography Robert McLachlan Nominated [42]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Liev Schreiber Nominated [39]
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Hank Azaria Nominated [39]

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