There was no mess for Liev Schreiber to clean up at the TV Academy’s event for Showtime’s critically acclaimed new series “Ray Donovan.” But Schreiber set the record straight on why he agreed to take on the title role of a Mr. Fix It after spending years turning down TV offers.
Schreiber recalled how series creator Ann Biderman screamed at him in a hotel lobby: “You have to do this show! I need a man!” Schreiber thought, “I’d never been called a ‘man’ in such direct terms. I said, ‘Yes, you’re right. I am pretty masculine. I probably should do that show.'”
Schreiber recently picked up a Golden Globe nomination for his work as Ray Donovan, a glorified “clean-up” pro for the celebs and the wealthy of Los Angeles. Jon Voight won a Globe in the supporting race for portraying Ray’s just-out-of-prison and troublesome father Mickey.
Both stars and Biderman were present at the academy dishfest, along with Elliot Gould (Ezra Goodman), Paula Malcomson (Abby Donovan), Eddie Marsan (Terry Donovan), Dash Mihok) (Bunchy Donovan), Steven Bauer (Avi), Pooch Hall (Daryl), Mark Gordon (executive producer) and Bryan Zuriff (executive producer). The panel was moderated by Stacey Wilson (Hollywood Reporter).
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Showtime is campaigning the “Ray Donovan” actors in these Emmy categories:
Drama Actor – Liev Schreiber
Drama Supporting Actor – Devon Bagby, Steven Bauer, Pooch Hall, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Jon Voight
Drama Supporting Actress – Kerris Dorsey, Paula Malcolmson, Katherine Moennig
Drama Guest Actor – Elliott Gould, James Woods
Drama Guest Actress – Rosanna Arquette, Brooke Smith