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TCA: ‘Ray Donovan’s Jon Voight Rehearses For Emmy; EP Takes On ‘Sopranos’ Comparison

By | Friday July 18, 2014 @ 7:37pm PDT

TCA: ‘Ray Donovan’s Jon Voight Rehearses For Emmy; EP Takes On ‘Sopranos’ ComparisonHomeland producers grumbled about their 2014 Emmy nomination snub for drama series at today’s TCA, but Jon Voight seemed happy to carry the Emmy nom flag for Showtime at today’s panel on his second-season series, Ray Donovan. The supporting actor nominee appeared on the panel with stars Liev Schreiber, who plays the title character, a Hollywood fixer, Paula Malcomson, Season 2 guest stars Hank Azaria and Wendell Pierce, creator/EP Ann Biderman and EP Bryan Zuriff.

For Zuriff, this marks a return to the executive producer ranks of the series following his high profile arrest and subsequent indictment for allegedly running an illegal gambling operation this time last year that prompted his temporary exit from the show. Zuriff actually touched upon his history when the cast and producers were asked to attest to the accuracy of some of the crazy storylines on the show. “We’ve all had a little bit of a past, so there’s stuff that we can draw on in the writers’ room that we can have some fun with,” he said.

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Earlier this year, Voight won a Golden Globe for his performance (star Schrieber got a nom for lead actor in a drama). When asked about Emmy, Voight could have been rehearsing his Emmy speech. The abridged version of his reply: “Let me just say, I feel very blessed and very fortunate to have had so many wonderful experiences as an actor. I am really enjoying this family that’s making Ray Donovan. It’s almost like I earned this role over years of struggling and failing and experimenting and succeeding…” He praised the “wonderful artists” he works with on Ray Donovan and reached back into the past to praise earlier collaborators John Schlesinger, Dustin Hoffman, Hal Ashby and Andrei Konchalovsky. Read More »

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Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’ Dips & ‘Masters Of Sex’ Down In Season 2 Debuts

By | Tuesday July 15, 2014 @ 12:44pm PDT

Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’ Dips & ‘Masters Of Sex’ Down In Season 2 DebutsIt was a double blast of returns from Showtime on Sunday with the Season 2 premieres of Ray Donovan and Masters Of Sex. With the former having moved from 10 PM to 9 PM and the later at 10 PM, the shows pulled in 1.22 million and 825,000 viewers, respectively. While the Donovan debut ray donovan seaosn 2was down 13% from the Season 1 finale last fall, it slipped  just 9% from the 1.35 million who watched its series premiere on June 30 last year – that served as the lead-out for the strong debut of the last season of  Dexter and become the best-ever series debut in Showtime’s history. For Sex, Sunday’s number was 17% down from the 998,000 who saw its Season 1 opener last fall. Over all plays on Sunday, Ray Donovan was seen by 1.76 million while Masters Of Sex was seen by 1.12 million. Read More »

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Deadline Now: Who Are The Emmy Dark Horses? (Video)

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Pete Hammond's Under The Radar Picks

Deadline's Awards Columnist and Dominic Patten break down what series might surprise this year, from FX's 'The Americans' to HBO's 'Clear History' and Showtime's 'Ray Donovan' -- and even CBS' 'The Big Bang Theory'. Is this the year TV's biggest comedy finally gets some Emmy love?

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Hot Teaser: ‘Ray Donovan’ Season 2

By | Friday June 13, 2014 @ 3:02pm PDT

Ray Donovan Season 2Showtime has released a trailer for the second season of its hit series Ray Donovan, which returns a month from today on July 13. Back alongside star Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey and Devon Bagby is Jon Voight, who won the Golden Globe last season for his portrayal of Ray’s father Mickey. Season 2 will also feature guest star turns by Hank Azaria as FBI Bureau Chief Cochran as well as Elliot Gould, Ann-Margret, Wendell Pierce, Sherilyn Fenn, Vinessa Shaw, Brian Geraghty, Heather McComb and Kip Pardue. Creator Ann Biderman is exec producer alongside Mark Gordon, Bryan Zuriff and David Hollander. Watch the trailer:

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EMMYS: Showtime’s ‘Shameless’ Addresses Category Change In Awards Campaign On Wheels

By | Wednesday May 21, 2014 @ 2:23pm PDT

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EXCLUSIVE: In the rolling spirit of Emmy politics, Showtime is cutting to the chase for its Shameless campaign. Starting June 1 and running until the end of the month, 100 buses in LA will feature For Your Consideration ads for the cable network series’ fourth season. Plastering its Emmy hopes on the side of LA’s urlbuses is nothing new for Showtime; it has done that in past years. What is new is that the cabler is having some fun almost at its own expense with ads that show a crossed-out “DRAMA” replaced by a scrawled “COMEDY.” After three years of competing in the drama category and not getting a series nomination, Shameless strategically shifted to the comedy category this year. In late March, the TV Academy agreed to the category change for the dramedy after a request by executive producer/showrunner John Wells. Based on a UK series, Shameless has only been able to score Emmy noms for guest star in a drama series, Joan Cusack, the past three years. Besides the category change and addressing it head-on in the ads, Showtime will not be using billboards as a part of its Emmy campaign as it has in past years.

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Eion Bailey To Recur On ‘Ray Donovan’

By | Friday April 18, 2014 @ 10:30am PDT

Eion Bailey (Fight Club, Almost Famous)eionbailey has booked a recurring role on Showtime‘s Ray Donovan. Bailey, repped by Paradigm and Industry Entertainment, will play a charismatic motivational speaker/self-help guru who needs Ray’s help. Ray Donovan stars Liev 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. Bailey most recently recurred on ABC’s Once Upon A Time. His other TV credits include Band Of Brothers miniseries, Dirty Little Secrets, Covert Affairs, Law & Order: SVU and ER. The 12-episode second season of the Mark Gordon-produced Ray Donovan is set to premiere Sunday, July 13.

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Omar J. Dorsey Joins Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’; Carole Weyers In WGN’s ‘Manhattan’

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 12:45pm PDT

Omar J. Dorsey (Django Unchained)omardorsey2 has landed a recurring role on Showtime‘s Ray Donovan. Dorsey will play Cookie Brown, a powerful music business entrepreneur recently released from prison. Ray Donovan stars Liev 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. Dorsey’s other TV credits include Fox’s Rake and HBO’s Eastbound & Down.

Caroleweyers1Newcomer Carole Weyers is set for a multi-episode arc on WGN America‘s 13-episode scripted series Manhattan, from writer Sam Shaw and director Thomas Schlamme, Skydance TV, Tribune Studios and Lionsgate TV. Set during the clandestine mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, NM, Manhattan follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families. Weyers, repped by D2 Management and Element Talent Agency, will play Elodie, a French switchboard operator at Los Alamos.

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Showtime Pairs ‘Ray Donovan’ & ‘Masters Of Sex’ This Summer

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 11:03am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

rayLast year’s freshman Showtime dramas Ray Donovan and Masters Of Sex will air as a block this summer, with their 12-episode second seasons set to premiere on Sunday, July 13. Last year, Ray Donovan launched in the summer behind the final season of Dexter, while Masters Of Sex unspooled mastersin the fall behind Homeland. Showtime will likely use Homeland as a launching pad again this year for new drama series The Affair. Neither has been assigned a premiere date yet. Showtime’s next original scripted series premiere is thriller Penny Dreadful on May 11.

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Heather McComb Set To Recur On Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’; Mia Vallet Joins NBC’s ‘Believe’

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 3:18pm PDT

Heather McCombHeather McComb has nabbed a recurring role in Season 2 of Showtime’s Ray Donovan. She will play Patricia, a working-class mother who befriends Bunchy Donovan (Dash Mihok). She begins filming today. McComb’s recent TV credits include Shameless, Bones and Rizzoli & Isles, and she next stars in the feature Another Stateside. She is repped by Don Buchwald and Associates and Bohemia Group.

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Mia ValletMia Vallet has been tapped for a multi-episode arc on the NBC drama Believe. She will play Dani, a vulnerable woman with a dark edge. Abandoned by her parents who blamed her for killing her brother, she has been living on the streets for the past few years. Ultimately she becomes the antagonist to Bo (Johnny Sequoyah). Vallet, who starred in the 2012 feature Forelsket, is repped by Innovative Artists and Suskin Management.

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Emily Bergl Upped To Regular On Showtime’s ‘Shameless’; Andrea Bogart To Recur On ‘Ray Donovan’

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 6:19pm PDT

image (3)Showtime has promoted Emily Bergl to series regular for Season 5 of dramedy Shameless. Bergl is currently completing a 10-episode arc as Sammi Gallagher, a long-lost daughter of Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy). Shameless‘ current fourth season is pacing as its highest-rated yet, averaging 5.5 million weekly viewers across platforms, up 8% vs. Season 3. Bergl is repped by Innovative and Thruline.

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Andrea BogartAndrea Bogart (General Hospital) has booked a recurring role on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. She’ll play Megan Volcheck, wife of FBI agent Volcheck (Kip Pardue), who also will return as recurring on the Mark Gordon Co-produced series. Ray Donovan stars Liev 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. Bogart is with Bohemia Group and Intelligence Artists Agency.

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Newcomer Chloe Wepper Cast In ‘Thoughts’, Veteran Ann-Margret Joins ‘Ray Donovan’

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 9:24am PST
Nellie Andreeva

wepperYoung actress Chloe Wepper has been added to My Thoughts ExactlyABC‘s comedy pilot from writer Jeff Lowell, Brillstein Entertainment and ABC Studios. It is a romantic comedy that exposes the unfiltered internal monologues of a young couple, Dana (Analeigh Tipton) and Peter (Jake McDorman) embarking on a new relationship. In her first pilot season, Wepper, repped by 3 Arts, Grace Kallis and Lev Ginsburg, has booked the role of Chloe, Peter’s young sister.

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Ann-Margret is set for a recurring role on the second season of Showtime’s Mark Gordon Co-produced drama series Ray Donovan. She will play the ever-beautiful June Wilson, a major star back in her day who has a past with Ray’s boss Ezra Goldman (Elliott Gould).

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Wendell Pierce Joins ‘Ray Donovan’; Raffi Barsoumian Boards ‘The Vampire Diaries’

By | Wednesday February 19, 2014 @ 7:59am PST
Nellie Andreeva

pierceThe Wire and Treme alum Wendell Pierce will recur on the second season of Showtime’s Ray Donovan. He will play Mr. Keith, a down-on-his-luck parole officer who gets a payoff from Ray (Schreiber). Pierce joins fellow new cast additions Hank Azaria, Sherilyn Fenn and Vinessa Shaw on the Mark Gordon Co-produced drama series. Pierce, repped by Paradigm and Essential Talent, co-stars on NBC’s The Michael J. Fox Show. Read More »

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Showtime Ripped Off ‘Ray Donovan’ Concept, Screenwriter’s Lawsuit Claims

By | Friday February 14, 2014 @ 6:25pm PST

NEW DJP LEGAL BADGESomebody wants a piece of Showtime’s Ray Donovan. Specifically that someone is one Brian Larsen, who is claiming that the premium channel lifted his idea to create the hit Hollywood-fixer series starring Liev Schreiber. Southland creator Ann Biderman is credited with coming up with Donovan and is an Ray-Donovan-Saison-1__130524131318-275x356EP on the Mark Gordon Company show. Not so, says Larsen, though neither Binderman nor Gordon is named as a defendant. In an 11-page breach of implied contract and breach of confidence complaint filed February 13 in L.A. Superior Court (read it here), the seemingly creditless Larsen and his Radical Pictures LLC  says Donovan “mimics” his 2009 fixer concept The Swissman. Touting that the series has “enriched Defendants to the tune of millions of dollars,” Larsen wants Donovan stopped via an injunction and is seeking wide ranging but unspecified damages of more than $25,000.

Related: Ex-‘Ray Donovan’ EP Escapes Jail Time; Gets Probation & Home Confinement

The basic gist of the jury trial seeking complaint is that former Showtime Original Programming VP Danielle Gelber, who is called a “development executive” in the complaint, took a meeting with Larsen on his concept and WGA register script on November 5, 2010. Larsen’s idea was about a San Francisco-based fixer who discreetly handles high-profile clients problems and has a messed-up family – like Donovan but more Northern California than SoCal. Read More »

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Vinessa Shaw Joins Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’; Jamie McShane Boards Netflix Thriller Drama Series

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 5:34pm PST

shaw7Vinessa Shaw (Vegas, 3:10 To Yuma) has signed on for a season-long arc on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. (SPOILER ALERT!) Shaw will play Kate, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The Boston Globe who is writing a book on Sully (James Woods’ character from last season) and comes to L.A. to investigate his death. She joins recently cast Hank Azaria and Sherilyn Fenn in the upcoming second season of the Mark Gordon Co-produced series. Ray Donovan stars Liev 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. Shaw is repped by ICM partners, Thruline Entertainment and attorney Gretchen Rush. Read More »

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‘Ray Donovan’s Liev Schreiber Signs With UTA

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 10:38am PST
Mike Fleming

Liev SchreiberEXCLUSIVE: UTA has just signed Liev Schreiber. Maybe it’s because I love that Showtime series Ray Donovan and especially Schreiber’s hard-edged title protagonist, but this feels like a real coup for UTA. You can tell that even though he’s a vet, Schreiber’s best work is ahead of him after this career changing role. Schreiber got a Golden Globe nomination this year for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama for Ray Donovan. Schreiber, who had been repped by CAA, recently wrapped a turn as Soviet chess master Boris Spassky in the Ed Zwick-directed Pawn Sacrifice, with Tobey Maguire playing enigmatic American chess champion Bobby Fischer. Schreiber‘s recent credits include The Reluctant Fundamentalist; Salt; X-Men Origins: Wolverine; Defiance; The Manchurian Candidate; and A Walk On The Moon.

The agency will continue to help Schreiber in the small and big screen pursuits as well as stage. Schreiber got his third career Tony nomination when he starred with Scarlett Johansson in the revival of Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge. He got the first Tony nom playing Ricky Roma in the 2005 revival of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, and was also nominated for the 2007 revival of Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio. Schreiber’s also a director, making his debut on the Jonathan Safran novel adaptation Everything Is Illuminated. He continues to be repped by Untitled Entertainment.

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Hank Azaria, Sherilyn Fenn Join Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’

By | Wednesday February 5, 2014 @ 3:18pm PST

azariafenn1Hank Azaria and Sherilyn Fenn have signed on for multi-episode arcs on the upcoming second season of Showtime‘s drama series Ray Donovan. Azaria will play James Cochran, the ambitious head honcho of the Los Angeles FBI who becomes a thorn in Ray’s (Liev Schreiber) side, and Fenn will play Cochran’s frumpy wife Holly Cochran. 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. Production on the 12-episode second season from the Mark Gordon Co is underway in Los Angeles for a summer premiere. Read More »

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‘Ray Donovan’s Katherine Moennig Signs With Paradigm

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 6:26pm PST

Katherine MoennigEXCLUSIVE: Actress Katherine Moennig has signed for representation with Paradigm. Moennig co-stars on Showtime’s Ray Donovan as Lena, the right-hand woman/press agent to Liev Schreiber’s eponymous fixer. The drama series will return for a second season this year. Moennig, an L Word and Three Rivers alum, is currently filming the feature My Dead Boyfriend, directed by Anthony Edwards, and recently wrapped hostage thriller Default. She’s also repped by Framework Entertainment.

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WGA Awards TV: Netflix Dominant In Debut; ‘Orange Is The New Black’ & ‘Breaking Bad’ Lead, ‘The Good Wife’ Makes Big Return

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 12:04pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Orange-is-the-New-Black-02-poster1-e1374452170612-959x1024The WGA Awards‘ TV nominations this morning provided a stark contrast to the PGA Award nominations on Tuesday, proving again how out of date the PGA Awards are on the TV side with their June-May eligibility window. The WGA Awards, on the other hand, are keeping things as current as possible, recognizing series that have aired between December 1, 2012-November 30, 2013. That’s why its list of nominees includes the three most well-received new shows of the past six months: mastersofsexNetflix’s Orange Is The New Black and Showtime’s Ray Donovan and Masters Of Sex. Orange Is The New Black was the most nominated series with 4 noms, tied with this year’s best drama series winner Breaking Bad — for best comedy series, best new series and best episodic comedy (for the pilot). Masters Of Sex and Ray Donovan also landed new series noms, with Masters Of Sex additionally recognized for its pilot. Also the-good-wife-hitting-the-fanrecognized by the WGA is the excellent current fifth season of CBS’ The Good Wife, which returned to the WGA Award nomination field after being left out last year with two noms, the first multiple nomination haul for the veteran series — for best drama and best episodic drama for the standout “Hitting The Fan” episode.

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Ex-‘Ray Donovan’ EP Escapes Jail Time; Gets Probation & Home Confinement

By | Monday November 25, 2013 @ 12:47pm PST

Bryan Zuriff will serve 6 months home confinement and 2 years probation for his role in an illegal gambling group — but escaping the jail time the government recommended. Judge Jesse Furman today sentenced the former executive producer of Showtime’s Ray Donovan in federal court in NYC. Zuriff also must perform 300 hours of community service. Earlier this year, he Bryan Zuriff Jail Ray Donovanwas among 34 people charged with running gambling operations that allegedly have laundered more than $100 million. An FBI investigation saw charges against Zuriff and others unsealed in late April by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney. “Mr. Zuriff accepts full responsibility and has paid his fine for online gambling. We are grateful that the sentence demonstrates the judge’s recognition that Mr Zuriff was never involved in organized crime. He is excited to get back to his family and to continue his work as a producer,” one of the producer’s attorneys Charles Clayman told me after the hearing today.

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