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“When I was really young I remember watching The Sting  and I loved that music,” recalls Marcelo Zarvos. “It was one of those things which made me want to play the piano.” The instrument would play a major part in obsession which would become a career for the aspiring musician. “When I was a kid I played rock ’n’ roll in bands. I left Brazil when I was 18 years old. I used to write the music for the band and eventually I became interested in film.” The native of São Paulo was fascinated by the effectiveness of the musical scores featured in The Godfather (1972), Taxi Driver (1976), The Mission (1986) and Blade Runner (1982). “There was a new wave of Brazilian movies that was very good and interesting »
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 behind bars. “Bryan is prepared to take complete responsibility for his wrongdoing and complete whatever sentence you deem appropriate. With that said, I urge you to be lenient. Bryan is first and foremost a family man, dedicated to his wife and children. A harsh punishment will be a punishment, not just for Bryan, but for his entire family as well. They do not deserve that,” wrote Judd Apatow in a September 12, 2013 letter to federal judge Jesse Furman (read it and other letters of support for Zuriff here). “If there is good news here, it is that Bryan has taken the opportunity to face his demons and is coming out of this a better man in so many ways, »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Bryan Zuriff says in court papers he is back to work on the Showtime series after briefly resigning to protect it from negative publicity as he faces a year in prison for his role in an online gambling ring tied to the Russian mob.
On November 25, Bryan Zuriff, an executive producer on Showtime's Ray Donovan, will learn if he'll have to spend time in prison after pleading guilty for his role in a high-stakes sports betting business.
In advance of his sentencing, Zuriff has written a letter to New York judge Jesse Furman that begs for mercy and calls the day he was arrested "the biggest wake-up call of my life." And Zuriff isn't the only one asking for leniency. Court documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter reveal that a number of Hollywood power players -- including Knocked Up director Judd Apatow, Lone Survivor director Peter Berg and Ray Donovan »
- Eriq Gardner
The Hollywood Reporter has announced their 50 power showrunners of 2013 for comedy and drama. 12 women out of 50 were on the list. And four women out of 10 were on the 2014 Showrunners to Watch list. In 2012, 14 women were on the list of 50 while the Showrunners to Watch list stayed about the same. Here's a list of the women showrunners (many work in teams with guys): Drama: Ann Biderman -- Ray Donovan (Showtime) Oliver Goldstick and Marlene King -- Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) Michelle and Robert King -- The Good Wife (CBS) Carol Mendelsohn and Don McGil -- CSI (CBS) Julie Plec --The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The Tomorrow People (The CW) Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers -- Grey's Anatomy, Scandal (ABC) Comedy: Salim and Mara Brock Akil -- The Game (Bet) Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner -- Girls (HBO) Mindy Kaling and Jack Burditt -- The Mindy Project (Fox) ...
- Kerensa Cadenas
Ray Donovan, Season 1, Episode 12: “Same Exactly”
Written by: Ann Biderman
Directed by: Michael Apted
Airs Sundays at 10 Pm (Et) on Showtime
On a narrative level, “Same Exactly” ties up all the necessary loose ends. The three major conflicts that had to be dealt with- the unhinged, still-on-the-loose Sully, Frank and the FBI potentially taking Ray down, and the sudden reveal of Ray’s molestation as a child- are wrapped up with a nice dollop of closure for each. Ray Donovan even manages to reverse one of the more gaping holes in the show’s logic. For an entire season we waited to find out just why Ray wanted his father dead; last week’s reveal pointed the way forward and now “Same Exactly” gives us a genuine, compelling reason. That Ray’s been acting out the revenge fantasy he’s had since childhood makes perfect sense. His motivation never seemed fully-formed, »
- Adam Bellotto
Exclusive: This would be considered a major loss for any agency as Mark Gordon is among the top nonwriting TV producers with several shows that have gone the distance, including ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, CBS’ Criminal Minds and Lifetime’s Army Wives. Gordon had been with Chris Silbermann for more than a decade, first at Bwcs and then at ICM, and Silbermann guided the producer as he built his Mark Gordon Co. from scratch into a several-hundred-million-dollar pod. The timing of Gordon’s departure is surprising. It comes on the heels of the breakout success of his latest series, Ray Donovan, which broke ratings records for Showtime this summer. It also comes at the height of selling season and in the midst of the Mark Gordon Co.’s big four-year deal at ABC Studios, which has two more years on it. Related: Mark Gordon, Ann Biderman »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
In this era of dark, complex shows stuffed with anti-heroes, it can be hard for a new drama to make its mark. When Sky Atlantic first announced it had bought Ray Donovan, Ann Biderman's noir-ish show about a Hollywood fixer and his family, my reaction was: "It looks great, but do I really have room for another brooding leading man in my life?"
But with five episodes to go, I'm glad I stuck with it because Ray Donovan, while certainly flawed, is much more interesting than its initial premise – that our lead can fix the lives of celebrities but has no control over his own – suggested.
Whether you agree will largely depend on what sort of show you were hoping for. »
- Sarah Hughes
Ray Donovan, Season 1, Episode : “Bridget”
Written by: Ann Biderman
Directed by: Guy Ferland
Airs Sundays at 10 Pm (Et) on Showtime
Eight episodes in and Ray Donovan has a decent level of emotional weight behind its characters. When Ray and Bridget share a tender moment at the close of “Bridget,” there’s real warmth onscreen. The same goes for nearly anyone else- no matter what the situation, these characters are not hollow. They’re people; and despite the show’s continual mistakes, the mere fact that we’ve spent eight hours with these people means we’ve made some tenuous connection with them.
Ray Donovan has grown a small yet functional heart solely by staying above the level of awful. On some weeks the show is genuinely enjoyable. On others it’s not. But so far, the show has never hit such a low to justify turning off the TV entirely, »
- Adam Bellotto
After three episodes, Showtime has renewed Ray Donovan for a second season. The series garnered the cable channel's best ratings for an original series premiere in history and the numbers have been holding up.
The first season finale will air on September 22nd. Season two will premiere sometime in 2014.
Here's their press release:
Showtime(R) Orders Second Season Of "Ray Donovan" The Network's Highest-rated Series Debut Ever
Following Record-Breaking Premiere Week With Over 6 Million Viewers
Los Angeles, CA - (July 16, 2013) - Having made network history as its highest rated original series premiere ever and with continued ratings success in weeks two and three, Showtime has picked up a second season of its critically acclaimed drama series Ray Donovan. Created and executive produced by Ann Biderman, the series stars Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) Award »
"Ray Donovan" will be fixing things for the foreseeable future, as Showtime as renewed the rookie drama for a Season 2.
"'Ray Donovan' is on track to be our biggest Season 1 show ever," network president David Nevins said in a statement on Tuesday (July 16). "[Series creator] Ann Biderman and the extraordinarily talented creative team, coupled with the brilliant ensemble cast led by Liev Schreiber, have produced one of the hottest new dramas of the year. We are proud and excited to pick up another season."
The series made history with its late June debut, becoming Showtime's best series launch ever. But even more impressive, and without a doubt what earned the early pickup, is that the series grew 15 percent in its second week to 2.2 million viewers.
Are you excited over the Season 2 pickup for "Ray Donovan"? »
You can rest easy now, Hollywood celebrities. Ray Donovan will be around for at least one more summer to fix all your problems.
Following a record-breaking premiere that drew over six million total viewers, the network made the announcement today, with President of Entertainment David Nevins saying in a statement:
"Ray Donovan is on track to be our biggest season one show ever. Ann Biderman and the extraordinarily talented creative team, coupled with the brilliant ensemble cast led by Liev Schreiber, have produced one of the hottest new dramas of the year. We are proud and excited to pick up another season."
Ray Donovan debuted to the best pilot numbers in Showtime history, becoming that network's first-ever freshman drama to improve on its ratings for Episode
A new episode airs this Sunday at 10 p.m. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
Showtime's freshman drama Ray Donovan has been a huge ratings success for the premium network. The series continues getting better week to week as the show finds it footing and relies more on its incredible cast. Showtime reports that the series currently ranks as their highest-rated original series ever, so naturally they were quick to secure a renewal. The series, created by Ann Biderman, stars Liev Schreiber as the title character, who is joined by a number of other fantastic actors including Paula Malcomson, Kathering Moenning, Jon Voight, Steven Bauer, Eddie Marsan and Peter Jacobson. Hit the jump for more. According to Showtime, Ray Donovan brought in over 6 million viewers (a number which includes replays, On Demand and Live +7) for its premiere, before settling into a very respectable 2.2 million viewers for subsequent Sunday nights. Here's the full press release: Los Angeles, CA – (July 16, 2013) – Having made network history as its highest »
- Allison Keene
In the past few weeks, "Ray Donovan" has made network history for Showtime. With more than six million viewers for its premiere across platforms, the critically acclaimed drama delivered the best debut of any series for the premium cable channel. Which is probably why Showtime announced today that "Ray Donovan" has been picked up for a second season. "'Ray Donovan' is on track to be our biggest season one show ever," said Showtime's David Nevins. "Ann Biderman and the extraordinarily talented creative team, coupled with the brilliant ensemble cast led by Liev Schreiber, have produced one of the hottest new dramas of the year. We are proud and excited to pick up another season." As mentioned by Nevins, the show features a notably talented cast and crew. Created and executive produced by Ann Biderman ("Southland"), the series stars Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Liev Schreiber in his »
- Julia Selinger
"Ray Donovan" has been renewed.
Showtime's decision to pick up the freshman drama for a second season comes as no surprise. In its first few episodes, "Ray Donovan" has been breaking ratings records for the premium cable network: Its series premiere was Showtime's highest-rated series debut ever, averaging 1.35 million viewers during its initial airing. (That's 25 percent higher than Showtime darling "Homeland's" 2011 series premiere, The Hollywood Reporter notes.)
It's also Showtime's first freshman program to improve on its series premiere in its second week, reaching an impressive 1.56 million in its first Episode 2 airing. In its third week, "Ray Donovan" came in on par with its record-setting second week, according to Showtime.
"'Ray Donovan' is on track to be our biggest season one show ever," David Nevins, Showtime's president of entertainment, said in a statement. "Ann Biderman and the extraordinarily talented creative team, coupled with the brilliant ensemble cast led by Liev Schreiber, »
- Jaimie Etkin
Nothing to fix here, Mr. Ray Donovan. You are here to stay. Showtime has renewed the Liev Schreiber-led drama Ray Donovan for a second season, the network announced today. "Ray Donovan is on track to be our biggest season one show ever," David Nevins, president of entertainment said in a statement. "[Creator] Ann Biderman and the extraordinarily talented creative team, coupled with the brilliant ensemble cast led by Liev Schreiber, have produced one of the hottest new dramas of the year. We are proud and excited to pick up another season." Ray Donovan, which also stars Oscar winner Jon Voight and Oscar nominee Elliott Gould, became the network's biggest drama premiere »
Fresh off what Showtime is describing as its "highest rated original series premiere ever," the network has given a not-so-surprising renewal to the drama "Ray Donovan." "Ray Donovan" premiered at the end of June and its premiere drew 6 million viewers across all platforms. The second episode rose in live viewership and the third episode, which aired on July 14, drew 2.2 million viewers in its first airing, equalling that second week. Starring Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok and more, the second "Ray Donovan" season will premiere in 2014. The series was created by Ann Biderman. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Showtime has renewed "Ray Donovan" for a second season, the cable network announced Tuesday. The "Ray Donovan" debut episode was Showtime's highest-rated original series premiere ever, earning more than 6 million viewers across platforms. "'Ray Donovan' is on track to be our biggest season one show ever," David Nevins, Showtime's president of entertainment, said in a statement. "Ann Biderman and the extraordinarily talented creative team, coupled with the brilliant ensemble cast led by Liev Schreiber, have produced one of the hottest new dramas of the year. We are proud and excited to »
- Tony Maglio
No surprise here: Showtime’s summer hit Ray Donovan was just renewed for a second season. The show premiered June 30 and its most recent episode scored 2.2 million viewers Sunday night.
Liev Schreiber stars as L.A.’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the problems of the city’s elite go away. Drama unfolds when his devious father, Mickey Donovan (Jon Voight), is unexpectedly released from prison, setting off a chain of events that shakes up the Donovan family.
- Erin Strecker
Less than a month after its premiere, Showtime has ordered another season of Ray Donovan. Season 2 will debut next year. The Sunday night Hollywood fixer drama, which stars Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight Ambyr Childers and Elliot Gould, has been breaking records for the cable network. Donovan even rose in its second week – a first for Showtime. Read the release here: Los Angeles, CA – (July 16, 2013) – Having made network history as its highest rated original series premiere ever and with continued ratings success in weeks two and three, Showtime has picked up a second season of its critically acclaimed drama series Ray Donovan. Created and executive produced by Ann Biderman, the series stars Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award nominee Liev Schreiber in his first lead television role. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. Ray Donovan airs on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on Showtime. »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Showtime has renewed rookie drama Ray Donovan for a second season.
“Ray Donovan is on track to be our biggest Season 1 show ever,” said network president David Nevins in a statement. “[Series creator] Ann Biderman and the extraordinarily talented creative team, coupled with the brilliant ensemble cast led by Liev Schreiber, have produced one of the hottest new dramas of the year. We are proud and excited to pick up another season.”
The series, which stars Schreiber as a Hollywood fixer, made history last month as Showtime’s best series launch to date. Even more impressive, the show grew 15 percent in its second week to 2.2 million viewers. »
- Michael Ausiello
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