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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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, BonesRead More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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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Feds Insist On Jail Time For Ex-‘Ray Donovan’ EP Bryan Zuriff

By | Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 11:30am PST

Last week, lawyers for Bryan Zuriff filed a sentencing submission asking for lenience for their client for his involvement in an illegal gambling group — now the government has put in its two cents. Unlike Zuriff’s lawyers and famous friends like Judd Apatow who wrote letters of support, the feds said Monday that they want the former Ray Donovan EP to serve up to a year behind bars: the maximum for the charges. “In its November 18, 2013, Report to the Court, the Probation Department calculates a Guidelines range of six to twelve months’ imprisonment,” said the sentencing submission filed in federal court in NYC (read it here) yesterday. “The Government agrees with this Guidelines calculation, which is consistent with the calculation set forth in the plea agreement.” In making its point, the seven-page filing quotes from wiretaps that reveal how intrinsically Zuriff was involved in the group’s organization and activity. “Despite Zuriff’s intelligence, upbringing, and education, he was still not deterred from entering the illegal world of gambling. As such, a Guidelines sentence would serve to deter both the defendant and the public at large,” adds U.S. Attorney Prett Bharara in the submission.

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Arrested Ex-‘Ray Donovan’ EP Gets Support From Judd Apatow, Mark Gordon, Jon Voight & Peter Berg Before Sentencing

By | Monday November 11, 2013 @ 4:40pm PST

Having copped a guilty plea for his involvement in an illegal gambling group, Bryan Zuriff is now hoping some words of recommendation from some powerful Hollywood friends will encourage a judge to spare him some time … Read More »

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Showtime’s ‘Dexter’ Series Finale & ‘Ray Donovan’ Season Ender Hit Highs

By | Monday September 23, 2013 @ 12:35pm PDT

Neither took anything home during last night’s Emmy Awards but it was a big night on Showtime for veteran Dexter and freshman Ray Donovan, which wasn’t actually eligible for the TV award … Read More »

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‘Ray Donovan’ Executive Producer Bryan Zuriff Takes Leave Of Absence From Series

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 4:51pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After pleading guilty to running an illegal gambling operation on Friday, Ray Donovan executive producer Bryan Zuriff is taking a voluntary leave of absence from the Showtime series. Zuriff faces up to five years in prison and … Read More »

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UPDATE: ‘Ray Donovan’ Executive Producer Bryan Zuriff Pleads Guilty In Gambling Ring Tied To Russian Mob, Faces 5 Years In Prison

By | Friday July 26, 2013 @ 9:28pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED, FRIDAY 9:28PM: Days after Showtime picked up his freshman drama for a second season, the series’ executive producer Bryan Zuriff has pleaded guilty to running an illegal gambling operation. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement today from New York that Zuriff faces up to five years in prison and has agreed to forfeit $500,000 as part of his plea deal, according to the statement. “Bryan Zuriff spanned the coasts with his crimes, by operating his own illegal gambling enterprise in Los Angeles, and helping to operate a vast illegal gambling enterprise in New York,” Bharara said. “With his plea, he becomes the first defendant, but not the last, to be convicted in this sprawling script of criminal conduct.” The plea comes on the heels of a very successful first month for Ray Donovan. The Liev Schreiber starrer debuted June 30 as the biggest original series launch in Showtime history. Then it became the premium network’s first new drama to see second-week gains. That led to its sophomore-season pickup on July 16. For the time being, Zuriff continues with his EP duties on the show.

PREVIOUSLY: In a bizarre story that reads like a Hollywood script, Bryan Zuriff, executive producer of Showtime‘s high-profile new drama series Ray Donovan, is among 34 people charged with running gambling operations that have allegedly laundered more than $100 million. The charges, a result of a massive FBI investigation, were unsealed today by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney, with the accused, including Zuriff, referred to as “alleged members and associates of Russian-American organized crime enterprises.” In the indictment, Zuriff is listed as a “fugitive”, though people close to him strongly dispute that characterization, which may also mean that he had not been arrested yet. Zuriff, known in Hollywood as a high-stakes gambler, is charged with Operating an Illegal Gambling Business and Unlawful Internet Gambling, which carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. “The charges against Bryan Zuriff today came as a complete surprise to him,” said Zuriff’s attorney Matthew E. Sloan, partner at Skadden Arps in Los Angeles and a former federal prosecutor. “He denies any wrongdoing and looks forward to his day in court to confront them.” Read More »

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‘Ray Donovan’ Grows In Week 2 — A Showtime First

By | Monday July 8, 2013 @ 12:26pm PDT

Freshman Showtime series Ray Donovan increased on its premiere week numbers in Week 2. That’s a first for a new drama on the pay cabler. Sunday night’s episode clocked 1.56 million viewers at 10 PM, … Read More »

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