The last thing I needed was another must-see TV show to distract me from other things that I ought to be doing. But that’s just what I have in Ray Donovan, a Showtime original series. Liev Schreiber stars as a “fixer” for the rich and famous. Being blackmailed? Run over a homeless guy while driving drunk? Wake up next to a naked dead girl? Ray Donovan can fix those things for you. But it won’t be easy. And it won’t be cheap. As interesting as Ray’s work life is, his personal life is just as tumultuous.
Schreiber is excellent in the lead role, but the show’s supporting cast is every bit as good. The cast includes Paula Malcomson (Deadwood), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes, The World’s End), Steven Bauer, Elliot Gould, Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Jon Voigt. Voight, who plays Ray’s loose cannon father, Mickey, almost steals the show.
I started watching this a month ago, binge-watching season 1. I’m now into season 2 and, as of Monday night, caught up to the most recent episode. Now I have to wait a week to get my next fix. Damn you, Showtime! Why can’t you just drop a whole season at once, like Netflix? Oh well, just another first-world problem I have to suffer with.
Here’s the trailer for season 1.