July 7, 2014 at 9:51 am #321722
Season 2 of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” premieres on Sunday, July 13, 2014 @ 9 PM ET.
Reviews forthcoming.July 7, 2014 at 6:12 pm #321726
Season 2 official trailer:
I’m still holding out hope for a Voight snub on Thursday as he was especially terrible in what I saw last season and once again this trailer looks awful and I’m once again glad I stopped watching this show after a couple of episodes because it really is a bad show.July 10, 2014 at 2:03 pm #321727
Cheers to Emmy nominee, Jon Voight!
TV Review: Ray Donovan, Season 2
July 10, 2014 | 08:30AM PT
TV Columnist @ blowryontv
Ray Donovan, the Hollywood fixer in the show by the same name, is going to be preoccupied for a time fixing his family—and himself. That was where season one ended and season two picks up, in this Showtime series of intermittent appeal, where Liev Schreiber’s taciturn leading man is frequently eclipsed by the raging id that is his ex-con father, played with unrestrained gusto by Jon Voight. Several cast additions enliven the show, but the dark turn into priestly abuse and revenge has left the series toting excess baggage—and not just a baseball bat—in these opening frames.
For those who missed season one (and SPOILER warnings for those who might begin belatedly), Ray’s emotionally damaged brother, Bunchy (Dash Mihok), turned out to be not the only family member molested by a priest, who the brothers (and it bears repeating: No trio of on-screen siblings have ever looked less alike) eventually dispatched. This not only undermined a budding romantic relationship for third brother Terry (Eddie Marsan) but has clearly exacted a toll on Ray, at least if his eerie dreams and strange behavior toward his wife Abby (Paula Malcomson) are any indication.
The closing events of the first season—involving the death of a mobster Ray enlisted to whack his dad, Mickey—have also put Ray squarely in the crosshairs of an ambitious new FBI L.A. Bureau Chief (Hank Azaria), who labels him a “bagman for movie stars,” forcing the fixer to schlep to Mexico, trying to bring his dad back to clear up the mess.
If all that weren’t enough, Ray’s revelations to Abby have left their own relationship teetering—she even drags him to couples therapy, while experiencing her own midlife crisis—and his teenage kids continue to act out in rather tiresome pay-cable ways.
As created and written by Ann Biderman, there’s certainly a lot to chew on here, with the inevitable detours into salacious stories involving pro athletes and “American Idol” contestants. That includes not just the central cast but side players like Azaria, Wendell Pierce, Ann-Margret, and Vinessa Shaw, the last as a Boston reporter nosing around regarding what really happened on that dock last year.
Still, Ray Donovan remains somewhat limited in its appeal—featuring colorful characters, yes, but at times constricted by Ray’s cowboy nature, which includes a professional knack for finding weak spots and exploiting them. Perhaps that’s why Voight’s Mickey is such a vital component—unlike his son, a man who talks softly and totes around a big stick, somebody who never knows when to shut up.
Showtime effectively launched the series behind Dexter, and now Ray will be asked to stand on its own. And while the series possesses enough pleasures, guilty or otherwise, to warrant a secure place in the DVR queue, it still feels like a program that is finding its way—seeking a balance between the seedy underbelly of L.A. glamor and the most dysfunctional of family dramas, connected by a fixer who’s mostly a downer.
TV Review: Ray Donovan, Season 2
(Series; Showtime, Sun. July 13, 9 p.m.)
Filmed in Los Angeles by the Mark Gordon Co. and Bider Sweet.
Executive producers, Ann Biderman, Mark Gordon, Bryan Zuriff, David Hollander; co-executive producers, Lou Fusaro, Cheo Hodari Coker; producers, John H. Radulovic, Jason Weinberg; director, Tucker Gates; writer, Biderman; camera, Robert McLachlan; production designer, Richard Sherman; editor, Lynne Willingham; music, Marcelo Zarvos; casting, John Papsidera. 60 MIN.
Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey, Devon Bagby, Hank AzariaJuly 13, 2014 at 6:40 am #321728
Episode Title: “Yo Soy Capitan”
Synopsis: The head of the Los Angeles FBI demands that Ray bring Mickey in over Sully Sullivan’s killing; Mickey attempts to set up a fight in Mexico; Abby forces Ray into therapy.
Guest Stars: Hank Azaria, Brooke Smith, Brent Spiner
Discuss.July 13, 2014 at 10:18 am #321729
Hank AzariaJuly 14, 2014 at 7:09 am #321730
Ray was pretty much an everyday fix-it man for the entire episode’s duration: Connor, Bridget, the football player guy again (they should revisit him for every season opener lol), marriage counseling, and recovering his father. It was a good enough premiere. Hank Azaria made a great first impression. As a former Trekkie, I got a kick out of seeing Data as the Donovan therapist. It’s too bad that Liev Schrieber can’t reach the heights of his talent with playing such a taciturn character. As hammy as Jon Voight can be on this show, he’s the live wire that makes things both engaging and very watchable. Hopefully Azaria won’t have the same fate that James Woods did last season. The previews for the season looked strong.
Grade for “Yo Soy Capitan”: BJuly 14, 2014 at 8:53 am #321731
Yes! Ok so Schrieber was great and Voight just continues to shine but Azaria’s character hasn’t really clicked with me yet. Maybe he will get more interesting down the road but right now he is kinda there. Anyways, my grade is: BJuly 14, 2014 at 6:05 pm #321732
I kind of liked Azaria a lot here, it seems the type of character he will nail, very strong premiere, the season has a lot of potential. It is fantastic to see how The Sopranos relationship between Carmela and Tony was just the trigger to so many potential arcs like what went down with Skyler and Walter and now with Ray and Abbs, even if Malcomson doesn’t seem to have that much of a strenght in her acting skills, but I think there is a lot of room for her to improve until the show reachs its high.July 20, 2014 at 3:33 am #321733
Episode Title: “Uber Ray”
Synopsis: Ray forces Mickey to face the FBI in Los Angeles; Mickey holds press conference; a Boston reporter is suspicious of the story; Ray corrupts a parole officer.
Guest Stars: Hank Azaria, Andrea Bogart, Ann-Margret, Wendall Pierce
Discuss.July 21, 2014 at 12:22 am #321734
Hank Azaria is excellent as ever. He is really adding great humor into this showJuly 21, 2014 at 3:45 am #321735
A+ episodeJuly 21, 2014 at 6:55 am #321736
Ann-Margret! <3 Just looking incredible here. Get that guest actress nod next year, bitch!
Strong second episode. The season is coming together nicely. Wendall Pierce made a nice first impression. I wish that Liev Schrieber was given more fireworks here, but that’s not his character, so what can you do really? Jon Voight is still the one to watch on this series, and expect him to be nominated for a good while.
Grade for “Uber Ray”: B+July 26, 2014 at 9:13 pm #321737
Episode Title: “Gem & Loan”
Synopsis: Ray and Abby want Bridget to attend her dream school, but Stu Feldman stands in the way; Mickey has a date with an old flame; Ray prevents Kate from getting solid information.