'Ray Donovan' Renewed for Second Season by Showtime

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July 16th, 2013

Ray Donovan

via press release:



Following Record-Breaking Premiere Week With Over 6 Million Viewers

LOS ANGELES, CA – (July 16, 2013) – Having made network history as its highest rated original series premiere ever and with continued ratings success in weeks two and three, SHOWTIME has picked up a second season of its critically acclaimed drama series RAY DONOVAN.  Created and executive produced by Ann Biderman, the series stars  Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award nominee Liev Schreiber in his first lead television role.  The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.  RAY DONOVAN airs on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.  The second season will debut in 2014.


"RAY DONOVAN is on track to be our biggest season one show ever," said Nevins. "Ann Biderman and the extraordinarily talented creative team, coupled with the brilliant ensemble cast led by Liev Schreiber, have produced one of the hottest new dramas of the year.  We are proud and excited to pick up another season."


RAY DONOVAN delivered the best debut of any freshman SHOWTIME comedy or drama series with more than 6 million viewers for its premiere across platforms (including replays, On Demand and Live +7). The series is also the first freshman drama in network history to improve on its series premiere in week two, up an impressive 15 percent in its second week on-air.  In its third week, the series delivered 2.2 million viewers on Sunday night, on par with its record-setting second week.

Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, RAY DONOVAN stars Schreiber as LA’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away. This powerful drama unfolds when his father, Mickey Donovan, played by Oscar® winner Jon Voight, is unexpectedly released from prison, setting off a chain of events that shakes the Donovan family to its core.  The cast includes Oscar winner and guest star Elliott Gould as Ray's long-time client and mentor, Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games) in the role of Ray's wife, Abby, along with Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes) and Dash Mihok (I Am Legend), who play Ray's brothers. The series also stars Steven Bauer (Breaking Bad), Katherine Moennig (The L Word), Pooch Hall (The Game), Kerris Dorsey (Moneyball) and Devon Bagby. Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do!) and Peter Jacobson (House) guest star. RAY DONOVAN is created and executive produced by Ann Biderman (Southland), who also wrote the pilot episode. The series is also executive produced by Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff. RAY DONOVAN is a SHOWTIME production.

  • Shoes

    No surprise here

  • Colin


  • Jack Bauer

    Best. News. Ever.

  • Markitos

    Great news :D I love it!

  • MichaelChickless

    Was that pretty quick?

  • Robb7

    And that’s why cable is killing Broadcast TV — great actors, storyline and dialogue!

  • PurpleDrazi

    Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games)…

    Really? Have people forgotten Deadwood so quickly? *sigh*

  • Ram510

    Now if they could just pick up the pace and focus more on him and the clients I will be more excited about this. I guess Showtime feels they have found a viable replacement for Dexter

  • Mike

    Great show!

  • Mike

    Ram510-I disagree.Donavan is (like the Sopranos were) also a dysfunctional family soap as much as mobster activities.I think it works that way.

  • Capitalist Infidel

    Ram510, I totally agree, I love the show but find myself fast forwarding through the boring family scenes.

  • Ellen in NYC

    I’m thrilled to see Liev Schreiber on television. And Jon Voight, Peter Jacobsen, and Elliott Gould. For me, it’s more about watching them in roles I’m not used to seeing them in.

    But I didn’t think Showtime would renew so quickly.

  • Andrew

    That was quick. I’m glad though, it’s a good fit for Showtime.

  • David

    This show is terrible. I’m beginning to think Showtime is a fraud (when it comes to quality).

  • Richard

    @David No way, this show is very good.

  • simsalabim

    @ David: Get lost!

  • Mike

    I agree with David

  • Mike

    It’s not a horrible show its just the type of show I’d watch if I have nothing else to

  • Jon

    The show is well crafted tv. If someone is thinking about putting together a tv show, they need to watch and learn by watching Ray Donovan. It’s one of the best things that’s happened to tv in a long time.

  • james

    Son care for the show they should have kept Under The Dome

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