[TV Review] ‘Ray Donovan’ S01E01 ‘Pilot’; Premieres June 30 On Showtime

ray_donovan_s1_key_artRay Donovan: Season 1 Episode 1 ‘Pilot’

Director: Allen Coulter

Starring: Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Paula Malcomson

Airdate: June 30

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Rating: 9/10

Plot Summary:

Ray Donovan, a professional “fixer” for the rich and famous in LA, can make anyone’s problems disappear except those created by his own family.

The upcoming Showtime Original Series ‘Ray Donovan’ is one I have been highly anticipating being a huge fan of Liev Schreiber for some time. I was thrilled when given the chance tord101.01 watch the pilot episode of the series a month before it airs and I must admit, as with so many truly phenomenal shows on Showtime, ‘Ray Donovan’ did not disappoint on any level, and certainly matched my expectations. I will without question be tuning in every Sunday night this Summer when its first Season begins airing following ‘Dexter’ on Sunday nights and I would definitely recommend everyone else does the same and at least gives the series a shot, it would be well worth your time to do so.

The series stars Liev Schreiber who is phenomenal as always in his portrayal of the title character ‘Ray Donovan’ who is a Hollywood fixer. The opening of the episode shows Ray get a call early in the morning from a young star that woke up next to a dead bloody hooker in his bed. Now Ray must go to work. Unfortunately, on top of everything else, his father was just released from prison and he’s heading in to town, and Ray is certain it can’t be for anything even remotely good after the way things were left between them following his incarceration. Ray’s father Mickey Donovan is portrayed by Jon Voight who additionally does a great job and seems an adequate nemesis for Schreiber’s Ray.

rd101.02The pilot episode delves to some extent into the relationship with Ray and his wife, as well as him and his brothers. It also gives a good amount of insight into the character of Ray and how he lives his life. While Jon Voight does get a few great scenes to display his worth in the pilot episode, he is far from front and center, though I imagine he will be present much more in future episodes. The pilot doesn’t get into too much detail in regard to why Ray’s father was put in prison and what actually occurred between them resulting in the tension and animosity between the two. Please note that I in no way expected all of that to be developed in the pilot; I’m simply emphasizing just how much information was provided in the first episode. It provided a perfectly adequate amount of background to get you hooked and make sure that you continue to tune in every week.

I would highly recommend checking out ‘Ray Donovan’ if you get a chance. It looks to be a very promising new series from Showtime who we all know provides a large amount of amazing original television, and from what the pilot had to offer, this series looks to be no exception with great writing and impressive performances. I’m certain that fellow fans of Liev Schreiber will want to watch this show and I recommend everyone who is given the opportunity to, or has Showtime at least give it a shot, I’m fairly certain you won’t regret doing so.

Rating: 9/10

‘Ray Donovan ’ will premiere Sunday, June 30 at 10 PM, following the season premiere of ‘Dexter’ on Showtime.

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