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“Masters of Sex” and “Ray Donovan” ended their third seasons Sunday, largely heading in different directions. While the former started out slowly, it gained intensity as the season progressed, deftly weaving together its subplots in a manner that left half of its central duo humbled. By contrast, its Showtime companion (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched) largely squandered big-name guest casting and a “Chinatown”-like story line, before getting drawn back into its title character’s twisted family in ways that felt more overwrought than usual, leaving not one, but two of them nursing bullet wounds.
“Masters of Sex” certainly recovered spectacularly from its rocky start, which, by leaping several years ahead, involved a deflating focus on the now-older children of Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan). Not only that, but those episodes included a rather squirrelly disclaimer stating that the sex researchers’ kids were wholly fictional, »
- Brian Lowry
Ray Donovan wrapped its most creatively satisfying season to date Sunday with a three-years-in-the-making moment. In the episode’s closing minutes, Liev Schreiber’s titular fixer at long last opened up about the childhood sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of Father O’Connor (the fact that his sounding board was also a man of the cloth and the setting of his emotional breakthrough was a church heightened the sequence’s potency).
RelatedRay Donovan Renewed for Season 4 at Showtime
The epic catharsis marked a major turning point for the psychologically tortured character, one that, according to exec producer and new showrunner David Hollander, »
Emmy Night is upon us! But instead of stressing away the next few hours wondering if Jon Hamm’s losing streak (or Modern Family‘s winning streak) are about to be broken, why not distract yourself with TVLine’s Quotes of the Week?
RelatedTVLine’s Performer of the Week: Paula Malcomson
This time around we’ve got scathing put-downs on Doctor Who, The Haves and the Have Nots and Graceland, a reference to Mariah Carey’s bedroom on The Mindy Project, and a misunderstanding of psychic powers on House of Dvf.
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The Performer | Paula Malcomson
The Show | Ray Donovan
The Episode | “One Night in Yerevan” (Sept. 13, 2015)
The Performance | Hell hath no fury like a mother who suspects her teenage daughter is shtupping the teach. In Sunday’s Ray Donovan, Abby did the math and deduced that something potentially inappropriate was going down between Bridget and Mr. Donellen, setting up a series of spectacular moments for Malcomson. But it was a certain confrontation scene that stood out from the pack.
Abby showed up at Donellen’s front steps and, before he could even get his front door open, Mama Bear attacked. “You mothaf—a, »
The actress has landed a major role on the ’90s series’ upcoming continuation, TVLine has learned exclusively.
RelatedTwin Peaks: Another Mvp Returning for Upcoming Showtime Revival
Details on her character are being kept under wraps, but TVLine has learned that she will be playing a pivotal new character. (Could she be Coop and Annie’s daughter?)
Seyfried will appear in multiple episodes, making it her biggest TV gig since Big Love ended in 2011. Though she is best known for her film work these days, »
Nine years ago this month, HBO's hit series Deadwood aired its last episode after just three seasons on the air. Ever since then, fans have been clamoring for the show to return in some form, with series star Kim Dickens saying last year that Deadwood creator David Milch still wants to give the beloved Western series a proper ending. Earlier today, star Garret Dillahunt told his Twitter followers that he's heard rumors of a Deadwood movie. Here's what the actor had to say on his Twitter page.
TV Line also reports that HBO is actually in negotiations with David Milch for a movie that will wrap up the story line, though it is not stated whether or not this will be a movie that airs on HBO or in theaters, »
It’s a good day for the creative teams behind Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex. Showtime renewed both summer dramas for fourth seasons today, announcing the news at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Audiences for both series’ Season 3 premieres increased compared to the amount of viewers they had the previous year, with Ray Donovan drawing 1.61 million viewers, and Masters of Sex bringing in 1.1 million. Showtime Networks Inc. president David Nevins called Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex “signature series,” stating that both shows “are emblematic of what Showtime stands for – quality, premium programming that you cannot find anywhere else on television. We’re so proud to continue offering both series across all our platforms.” Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Jon Voight, Eddie Marsan, and Dash Mihok, with Katie Holmes and Ian McShane playing key recurring roles this season as Paige and Andrew Finley. Meanwhile, Masters of Sex stars Michael Sheen, »
- Chris King
Showtime has renewed “Ray Donovan” and “Masters of Sex” each for a respective fourth season that will air in 2016. The renewals were announced Tuesday by Showtime chief David Nevins at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “Ray Donovan” stars Liev Schreiber, with Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey and Devon Bagby. Season 3 added Katie Holmes and Ian McShane to the cast. Also read: Showtime Sets Fall Premieres for Victor Cruz Documentary, Notre Dame Football Docuseries The series was created for Showtime by Ann Biderman, with David Hollander serving as showrunner for »
- Daniel Holloway
Ray Donovan Season 3, Episode 4 “Breakfast of Champions” (original air date Aug. 2, 2015): Lots of crazy cereal talk in this episode. Made me pick up a box of Captain Crunch (so why does that cereal rip out the top of your mouth, anyways?). Ok, enough of that, here’s the recap Ray Donovan Episode 4. The episode begins with Abby returning to Boston to visit her Southie family. She surprises her brother Dave (Aaron Hendry) at their family bar. “You look like a fucking teenager,” he tells her. “I feel like an old woman.” Abby (Paula Malcomson) takes no … Continue reading →
The post Recap Ray Donovan Season 3 Episode 4: Family first doesn’t always work out appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Barb Oates
Ray Donovan Season 3, Episode 3 “Come and Knock on Our Door” (original air date July 26, 2015): Episode 3 of Ray Donovan begins with a beat-up Ray (Liev Schreiber) sitting in Bridget’s room watching her sleep. Bridget’s startled by both his looks — his face took quite the beating by that ex-navy Seal Paige Donovan got him involved with — and him actually being home. He apologizes for not making it home for dinner. She tells him Abby (Paula Malcomson) gave his food to the dog. “She thinks you’re still punishing her over that cop,” Bridget (Kerris Dorsey) explains. … Continue reading →
The post Ray Donovan recap Season 3, Episode 3 – What would you do to save your brother? appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Barb Oates
Last year, Ray Donovan's ratings were up and it was the only Showtime scripted series to grow season-to-season. Will the series' numbers continue to climb or will they drop? Cancelled or renewed for a fourth season? Stay tuned.
Ray Donovan revolves around Los Angeles' best professional fixer (Liev Schreiber), the man who's called in to make the biggest problems of the city's celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls go away. The rest of the cast includes Jon Voight, Paula Malcomson, Kerris Dorsey, Devon Bagby, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Dash Mihok, Eddie Marsan, Elliott Gould, Katie Holmes, and Ian McShane.
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Jon Voight, Ian McShane Light Up Ray Donovan 301: ‘The Kalamazoo’ – SpoilersOne of Showtime’s crown jewel series, Ray Donovan, is back and larger than life with the addition of guest star Ian McShane.Donovan (Liev Schreiber) is down-ish. Still reeling from his lover Kate’s murder and his wife Abby’s (Paula Malcomson) affair, the Boston fixer seeks solace in tawdry La. The opener episode sees Ray lose the father figure/employer that brought him West: Ezra (Elliot Gould). Shunned by Deb and dismissed at Ezra’s funeral, our Ray is summoned by a billionaire Mr. Finney (McShane) to find and retrieve his kidnapped […] »
- April Neale
The noise-making guest stars essentially cancel each other out in the new season of “Ray Donovan,” with Ian McShane adding viperine class as a wealthy mogul out to commandeer the title character’s services, and Katie Holmes at best proving an irritant as said mogul’s daughter. The departure of showrunner Ann Biderman hasn’t yielded significant changes, as the story continues to dig its way out of the dark corners into which it traveled in its sophomore year. Yet while this Showtime series still has its strengths and charms, the Hollywood fixer looks like he could use a bit of a fix.
One of the hurdles facing the new season stems from the manner in which last year’s events fractured several key relationships. Not only did Liev Schreiber’s Ray acknowledge his own sexual abuse at the hands of a priest (which had taken a more overt toll »
- Brian Lowry
Ray Donovan Season 3 Promo 2. Showtime‘s Ray Donovan: Season 3 TV show trailer 2 star Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, and Katherine Moennig. Ray Donovan: Season 3’s plot synopsis: “Season three finds Ray adrift from his family and those closest to him, while he focuses on his business and desires to be his own boss. Meanwhile, his father Mickey (Jon Voight, in his Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning role), who had narrowly escaped last season’s heist debacle, finds himself charting a similar course to build his own empire.”
This season looks like it will be good. I’ve seen the first episode (review coming soon) and can personally attest to the fact that the first episode is entertaining.
We previously published these Ray Donovan: Season 3 articles:
Ray Donovan: Season 3 Teaser Trailer & Poster: ‘California Dreamin’ [Showtime]
- Rollo Tomasi
Showtime has just released the full trailer for Ray Donovan Season 3, in which the titular Hollywood fixer, played by a reliably pickled Liev Schreiber, takes on a new client in the personage of Ian McShane's Malcolm Finney. The trailer focuses mainly on how Ray's relationship with Finney, including his daughter, Paige (Katie Holmes), leads to him to (yet again) reconsider his choice of profession. That doubt, per usual, becomes twice as potent when he gets involved with his father, Mickey (Jon Voight), who continues his own side of the dirty business at hand. The series seems to be building to another blowout between Ray and Mickey, as Malcolm Finney's line about happy families feels like a direct parallel with what the Donovan family has been weathering for the last two seasons. [caption id="attachment_362605" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Showtime[/caption] More interesting is the trailer's insinuation that the incarceration of Terry, Ray's brother, played »
- Chris Cabin
Showtime’s award winning series Ray Donovan returns for its third season this July, and you can see the first poster and trailer right here…
Ray Donovan stars two-time Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Liev Schreiber as La’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away. Season 3 finds Ray adrift from his family and those closest to him, while he focuses on his business and desires to be his own boss. Meanwhile, his father Mickey (Jon Voight, in his Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning role), who had narrowly escaped last season’s heist debacle, finds himself charting a similar course to build his own empire. Joining the show this season are guest stars Ian McShane and Katie Holmes, with Elliott Gould returning. The cast also includes Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, »
- Gary Collinson
Showtime has announced the summer premiere dates for the upcoming third seasons of two of the network’s top dramas, Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex. Both series will return on Sunday, July 12, with Ray Donovan kicking off Season 3 at 9 p.m. and Masters following it at 10 p.m. The third seasons of both shows will consist of 12 episodes. Per Showtime, Season 3 of Ray Donovan opens with the show’s titular character (played by Liev Schreiber) adrift from his family and those closest to him, while he focuses on his business and desires to be his own boss. Meanwhile, his father Mickey (Jon Voight, in his Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning role), who had narrowly escaped last season’s heist debacle, finds himself charting a similar course to build his own empire. Joining the show this season are guest stars Ian McShane, Katie Holmes and Elliott Gould. Ray Donovan‘s cast also includes Paula Malcomson, »
- Chris King
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 manages to capture all the elements that has kept the franchise great, but fails to be more than a cash-grab by the studio who felt the need to break the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy into two films.Directed by Francis Lawrence (who helmed Catching Fire), Mockingjay, Part 1 features an incredible supporting cast including Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks, Mahershala Ali, Jeffrey Wright, Paula Malcomson, and Stanley Tucci.The film picks up right after the events of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) broken from […] »
- Patrick Luce
Katie Holmes is ready to meet Ray Donovan. The Dawson’s Creek actress will be joining the cast of the Showtime drama for its third season in what is being described as a “major” role. Holmes will play Paige, a businesswoman that is described as “shrewd” and “chic” and who also happens to be the daughter to another new Ray Donovan character, Andrew Finney, who will be played by Ian McShane. As we already reported last week, McShane’s Finney will be “a prominent movie producer and billionaire who hires Ray (Liev Schreiber) to get his family out of a potentially catastrophic situation.” While McShane’s casting creates the possibility of a Deadwood reunion between him and his former co-star Paula Malcomson, who plays Ray’s wife Abby on the Showtime series, Holmes’ casting also allows for a reunion of sorts, since she and her former Dawson’s Creek co-star »
- Chris King
She’ll be a “major guest star” on the Liev Schreiber series, cable channel touts
“Ray Donovan” is a hit for Showtime, and is its second highest-rated drama, »
- Tony Maglio
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