‘Ray Donovan’ is an American crime drama television series by Showtime that follows the titular Irish-American character who works as a “fixer” for a powerful law firm representing the rich and the famous. As per the official description of the show: “Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan does the dirty work for LA’s top power players. The one-hour series stars Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award nominee Liev Schreiber in his first lead television role as the go-to guy who makes the problems of the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls disappear. This powerful drama unfolds when his father, 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”.
Created by Ann Biderman, Season 1 of ‘Ray Donovan’ first made its way to viewers’ screens on June 30, 2013, and after 12 episodes, saw its conclusion air on September 22, 2013. After being favorably received by critics and audiences alike, the show was renewed for its second season, which also consisted of 12 episodes. Season 2 of ‘Ray Donovan’ aired on July 13, 2014, and since then, the show has seen four more seasons of 12 episodes each, which aired in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, respectively. Here’s everything we know about the next season.
Ray Donovan Cast: Who is in it?
In the show, the titular character Ray Donovan is played by six time Golden Globe nominee Liev Schreiber, who delivers a powerful performance that makes every minute of the show worth your time. An equally powerful performance is put in by Jon Voight, who plays the role of Ray’s menacing criminal father, Mickey Donovan. Meanwhile, Paula Malcomson plays the role of Ray’s wife Abby Donovan, while Kerris Dorsey and Devon Bagby play the roles of the two Donovan kids, Bridget and Conor respectively. Another central character in the show is Ray’s investigative assistant Lena Barnum, whose role Katherine Moennig plays.
Other important characters in the show include Eddy Marsan as Terry Donovan, Dash Mihok as Bunchy Donovan, Poonch Hall as Daryll Donovan, Steven Bauer as Avi Rudin, Susan Sarandon as Samantha Winslow, and Graham Rogers and Jacob Smith.
Most of these cast members are expected to make a comeback in the next season, except for the ones who no longer feature in the show as a result of the plot’s development over past seasons.
Ray Donovan Plot: What is it about?
Ray Donovan follows the life of fixer Ray Donovan as he struggles to balance his work life with his family life. In the show, Ray is shown to be working for the powerful law firm, Goldman & Drexler, where he holds a position of a crime cleaner or fixer. Ray’s work often requires him to tread on the wrong side of the law, involving activities such as bribery, payoffs, threats, and myriad other illegal activities to ensure the outcomes desired by Goldman & Drexler’s clients.
While Ray is great at his job, he is also shown to be a devoted family man, and the show follows him as he tries to balance his stressful work life with his family life. Things, however, take a turn for the worse for Ray when his menacing, criminal father, Mickey, is released from prison and returns to his life. As the plot develops, we see Ray going about his work and handling situations for Goldman & Drexler’s clients. Yet, while Ray excels at his work, his relationship with his troubled family becomes increasingly strained, and much drama ensues as he tries to keep his life on track despite facing numerous hurdles and tragedies.
In terms of reception, ‘Ray Donovan’ has had seen a mixed response from critics, with some seasons being highly praised, and others being criticized. While Seasons 1, 2, and 3 did leave an impact, Season 4 fared poorly in terms of critical response. Season 5 made amends, securing a score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, but Season 6 again fared poorly. Given these fluctuations, the show enjoys an average score of 72% on Rotten Tomatoes. Viewers, however, seem to be loving every bit of ‘Ray Donovan’, with the show having a solid rating of 8.3/10 on IMDb. Time had this to say about the show: “The show is best, actually, when it cracks its brooding, Oedipal, serious-drama glumness and struts its stuff as the slightly weirder story of Mickey, the senior citizen on the make trying to fit back into the free world. In these moments Ray Donovan feels less like a pastiche and a creation in itself.”
Further, ‘Ray Donovan’ has been nominated for dozens of awards since Season 1 aired, and the show has also won some prestigious ones, including one Primetime Emmy Award, one Golden Globe Award, and one Critics’ Choice Television Award.
Ray Donovan Season 7 Release Date: When will it premiere?
Ray Donovan season 6 premiered on 19 October, 2019. The good news for the fans is that ‘Ray Donovan’ was renewed by Showtime for its seventh season in December 2018. Ray Donovan season 7 is all set to premiere on November 17, 2019 at 8 PM ET/PT on Showtime. Don’t forget to mark your calendars!
Ray Donovan Trailer:
Showtime has not released the trailer for ‘Ray Donovan’ Season 7 yet, but we expect it to be released a few days before the season hits viewers’ screens. We will update this section with the trailer for Season 7 when Showtime releases the same. Meanwhile, here is the trailer for Season 6 to give you a glimpse into the show and the story thus far.
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