Are you ready for some more 'Ray Donovan'? You better be, because Showtime just picked the show up for a second season. Only three episodes of the series have aired so far, but that hasn't stopped this L.A.-set drama from setting viewership records for its network. The June 30th premiere easily became the highest rated original series debut in Showtime history, almost eclipsing the much anticipated final season premiere of 'Dexter.' Then, week two did the impossible, and made 'Ray Donovan' the first Showtime series to ever best its own premiere the following week.
For the uninitiated, 'Ray Donovan' stars the great Liev Schreiber as the titular character, a man from South Boston now living in Los Angeles. Donovan makes his living working as a "fixer" for the city's most rich and famous. He accomplishes tasks through various methods, but everyone knows that if you want something taken care of, you hire Ray Donovan. Ray's life soon receives a spanner in the works, in the form of his ex-con father's release from prison. Played by Jon Voight, Mickey Donovan is anything but a good addition to his son's daily existence.
The second season is set for the usual Showtime order of 12 episodes, and will likely premiere in June or July of 2014. It will be interesting to see if the show keeps up its numbers when paired with something less popular than the soon departing 'Dexter,' although the latter serves as its lead-out not in, so 'Ray' will probably be okay.
Does 'Ray Donovan' deserve a second season?