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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 viewership records, becoming the biggest premiere of all time on Showtime.[4] On December 20, 2018, Showtime renewed the show for a seventh season.[5]

Ray Donovan
Ray Donovan (Logo).png
GenreCrime drama
Family drama
Created byAnn Biderman
Starring
Composer(s)Marcelo Zarvos
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes72 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Allen Coulter
Production location(s)Los Angeles, California
New York City, New York
Running time45–60 minutes
Production company(s)
  • The Mark Gordon Company
  • Ann Biderman Co.
  • Bider Sweet Productions
  • David Hollander Productions
  • Showtime Networks
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Release
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseJune 30, 2013 (2013-06-30) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

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.

Contents

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)

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

RecurringEdit

Home mediaEdit

The first season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 10, 2014.[12] 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.

ReceptionEdit

Rotten Tomatoes evaluation by season
 
Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5
Rating 76[13] 73[14] 77[15] 50[16] 100[17]

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 sites consensus stating: "Ray Donovan moves quickly between genres and tones, with Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight's performances making the whiplash worth it".[18] Metacritic gives the first season a weighted average score of 75 out of 100, based on reviews from 36 critics, indicating "generally positive reviews".[19]

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".[20]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Recipients Result Ref.
2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Most Exciting New Series Ray Donovan Won [21]
2014 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Jon Voight Nominated [22]
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jon Voight Nominated [23]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Liev Schreiber Nominated [24]
Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Jon Voight Won [24]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jon Voight Nominated [25]
Writers Guild of America Awards Best New Series Ray Donovan Nominated [26]
2015 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Liev Schreiber Nominated [24]
Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Jon Voight Nominated [24]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Liev Schreiber Nominated [25]
2016 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Liev Schreiber Nominated [27]
Best Television Series – Drama Ray Donovan Nominated [27]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Liev Schreiber Nominated [24]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Liev Schreiber Nominated [25]
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jon Voight Nominated [25]
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series David Hollander Nominated [25]
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour) Harrison Marsh, Robert Edmondson, R. Russell Smith Nominated [25]
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Hank Azaria Won [25]
2017 Canadian Society of Cinematographers Awards TV Series Cinematography Robert McLachlan Nominated [28]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Liev Schreiber Nominated [25]
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Hank Azaria Nominated [25]

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ Petski, Denise (December 20, 2018). "'Ray Donovan' Renewed For Season 7 By Showtime". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise; Andreeva, Nellie (April 2, 2018). "'Ray Donovan': Graham Rogers Upped To Series Regular For Season 6". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  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. ^ Petski, Denise (February 10, 2016). "Ted Levine & Ismael Cruz Cordova Join 'Ray Donovan' In Recurring Roles". Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  10. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (February 10, 2016). "'Revenge' Alum Gabriel Mann Joins Showtime's 'Ray Donovan' (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  11. ^ Ray Donovan. "'Whatever It Takes' Ep. 9 Official Clip - Ray Donovan - Season 6" – via YouTube.
  12. ^ Lambert, David (March 10, 2014). "Ray Donovan – 'The 1st Season' of the Showtime Series on DVD and Blu-ray". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on March 15, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  13. ^ "Ray Donovan: Season 1 (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  14. ^ "Ray Donovan: Season 2 (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  15. ^ "Ray Donovan: Season 3 (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  16. ^ "Ray Donovan: Season 4 (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  17. ^ "Ray Donovan: Season 5 (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  18. ^ "Ray Donovan: Season 1". rottentomatoes.com.
  19. ^ "Ray Donovan". Metacritic.
  20. ^ Tim Goodman. "Ray Donovan: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  21. ^ The BTJA Announces Icon Award Recipient and Most Exciting New Series Honorees (June 10, 2013). criticschoice.com. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  22. ^ "18th Satellite Awards Winners". Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  23. ^ "Critics' Choice TV Awards 2014: And the nominees are..." Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  24. ^ a b c d e "Ray Donovan Golden Globes Wins". Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  25. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Ray Donovan Emmy Awards". Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  26. ^ "66th Writers Guild Awards Winners". Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  27. ^ a b Kilday, Gregg. "Satellite Awards Nominees Unveiled". Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  28. ^ "CSC Awards 2017". www.csc.ca. Retrieved April 8, 2017.

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