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As another Fall TV season nears and DVRs across the country rev up to capture favorite returning shows, it is only proper that we pause to reflect: “But what of those left behind?”
Because there are plenty of fallen series that won’t be seizing any more storage space. In fact, we’re still mourning — and always shall be — some faves that have been off the air for years.
PhotosFall TV Death-Watch: 18 Characters We Fear Won’t Survive Past 2015
In this “Cancelled Too Soon” photo gallery, Team TVLine looks back on 30 cancelled series that had our full attention during their short lifespans. »
Take the sons of an ageing lowlife Boston hood and transport them to Hollywood. The premise is like Entourage reimagined by Dennis Lehane. But since 2013, Showtime’s Ray Donovan has quietly built a reputation as a powerful family/crime drama. The criminal turned Hollywood fixer Ray (Liev Schreiber) is our focus as he mops up the messes of his Hollywood clients while dealing with the far more combustible conflicts in his shipwreck of a family. The show started on Showtime in the Us on Sunday and returns to Sky Atlantic tonight, bringing with it some of the strongest character acting around.
Tony Soprano once wondered whatever happened to Gary Cooper – the strong silent type handling his business, repressing his feelings like a real American before »
- James Donaghy
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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Katie Holmes’ appearance in Sunday’s Season 3 premiere of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” divided fans of the series. Many took to social media to voice their surprise to see Holmes in the gritty Showtime drama. Some were pleased to see the former “Dawson’s Creek” star taking on a dramatic role in an edgier series. Holmes plays Paige Finney, the manipulative daughter of a billionaire Hollywood producer (Ian McShane) who enlists the services of Liev Schreiber’s titular fixer. “Nice to see her doing dark twisted roles like before Tom Cruise. She’s way more interesting that way,” wrote Twitter user @NancytheDestryr. »
- Reid Nakamura
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 Showtime drama series Ray Donovan is back for Season 3, with the ultra-complicated Ray (Liev Schreiber) still the man to call, if you’re a celebrity, superstar athlete or business mogul in a situation that you want to go away. As he’s pulling away from his family, a billionaire media mogul (Ian McShane) who needs Ray’s help managing his dysfunctional children – a cut-throat daughter (Katie Holmes) and black sheep son (Guy Burnet)– while they jockey for control over their family affairs. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Dash Mihok (who plays Bunchy, the Donovan brother currently managing the Fite Club while Terry is serving time) talked about the evolution of his character, his most challenging storylines, the transition of having a new showrunner, Bunchy’s journey this season, the type of woman that might make a good match for him, how impressed he was with Liev Schreiber, »
- Christina Radish
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
As Showtime has gotten in the habit of doing, the first episodes of Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex’s Season 3 premieres are now available on YouTube (and Showtime’s website). The breasts may be blurred and the language cleaned up, but you can certainly get an idea of where the series find our favorite characters. In Ray Donovan’s great opener, Ray (Liev Schreiber) is adrift from his family and all those close to him, and suffers a big personal loss. And as he wrestles with his issues at home, he’s also introduced to a new and powerful client, Albert Finney (Ian McShane). You can check out the full premiere episode below: Masters of Sex has (yet another) time jump to launch its third season, one which finds Bill (Michael Sheen) and Virginia (Lizzy Caplan) at odds over the work and their future, and also engaging in a »
- Allison Keene
'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp (Oscar Movie Series) Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black Pirate) to the mid-to-late '50s (Moonfleet, The Buccaneer), when the genre, by then mostly relegated to B films, began to die down. Sporadic resurrections in the '80s and '90s turned out to be critical and commercial bombs (Pirates, Cutthroat Island), something that didn't bode well for the Walt Disney Company's $140 million-budgeted film "adaptation" of one of their theme-park rides. But Neptune's mood has apparently improved with the arrival of the new century. He smiled – grinned would be a more appropriate word – on the Gore Verbinski-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, »
- Andre Soares
Written by Derek Kolstad
As the film opens, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is breathing what appear to be his dying breaths. Battered and bruised, he stumbles out of the van he just crashed at the docks on Manhattan’s outskirts. In an instant viewers are taken back to a more pleasant time for John, back when he lived a happier life with his lovely wife, the latter eventually succumbing to an unnamed disease. A broken man without his soulmate, a glimmer of positivity arrives at his door in the shape of a puppy his wife seemingly purchased for him in anticipation of the mourning that was looming on the horizon. The bitter sweetness is short loved, shifting over the sheer bitterness when Iosef (Alife Allen), the overly cocky son of Russian mafia lord Viggo (Michael Nyqvist), kills the pup. »
- Edgar Chaput
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
Ray Donovan‘s Season 3 trailer has officially arrived, and Katie Holmes’ Paige Finney makes quite the first impression, as it appears that she and Ray will be spending quite a bit of time together this year, with the infamous fixer being tasked with keeping an eye on Paige by her father, Albert Finney (Deadwood‘s Ian McShane). However, I’m not so sure that Albert will end up being happy with just how close Ray and Paige appear to be getting in this trailer, and you’ll see what I mean around the 1:40 mark. Elsewhere in the trailer, Ray attempts to come up with a plan to get his brother Terry out of prison before he’s killed while inside, and even though he may end up surviving, things don’t look so good for Terry from what we’re shown. Also, Ray’s daughter Bridget urges him to come back home, »
- Chris King
Those Donovans, they aren't the establishment types.
The trailer for season 3 of "Ray Donovan" demonstrates that to be true for both the titular Hollywood fixer (Liev Schreiber) and his ex-con dad (Jon Voight), as they both go about their different ways of breaking the rules.
The trailer introduces the new characters played by Ian McShane and Katie Holmes for the major storyline of the season. McShane is Malcolm Finney, a billionaire movie producer who hires Ray to keep an eye on his kids while he retires and settles his affairs. Holmes is Malcolm's daughter, and a tough, cutthroat businesswoman who makes Ray her own deal - one he's mightily tempted by.
The other major storyline of the season features Ray's brother, Terry (Eddie Marsan), in prison. Both Ray and his dad want to get Terry out; the question is, whose tactics will serve Terry better?
Season 3 of "Ray Donovan" premieres »
- Kelly Woo
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
Joey Potter, she’s not.
Ray Donovan‘s Season 3 trailer has hit the Interwebs and special guest star Katie Holmes makes a rather saucy first impression as shrewd, chic businesswoman Paige (the daughter of billionaire producer Andrew Finney, played by fellow special guest star Ian McShane).
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“Who is this guy?” she dismissively snaps upon meeting Liev Schreiber’s titular fixer. (He’s the guy you’ll be going to first base with in a public rest room at about the 1:40 mark).
Elsewhere, Terry’s having a rough time in the pokey, »
Exclusive: “A good family business is not the same thing as a good family.” Here’s the first trailer for Season 3 of Showtime’s hit drama Ray Donovan, which sees Liev Schreiber as the Boston tough-turned-Hollywood fixer trying to rebuild his empire. Enter Mr. Andrew Finney (Ian McShane), a billionaire movie producer who brings Donovan in to keep an eye on his kids while he settles his affairs before retiring. That includes daughter Paige (Katie Holmes), a shrewd and chic… »
British TV News: On DVD June 16, Acorn debuts BBC thriller The Driver starring David Morrissey (The Governor on The Walking Dead), and the beloved classic mystery series Lovejoy: Complete Collection and Series 6 starring Ian McShane (Deadwood).Called “irresistibly harrowing, sharply written, and wonderfully sustained three hours” (The Wall Street Journal) and “excellent… Every frame grabbed the attention…Morrissey is a powerful actor.” (The Guardian), The Driver stars David Morrissey as Vince McKee, a middle-aged nobody who regrettably accepts an offer to drive a taxi for a criminal gang in order to escape his turbulent home life. This action-packed, character driven […] »
- April Neale
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
Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact, »
- D. Zhea
CEO Jon Feltheimer told Wall Street analysts in February that the sequel was in the works but provided no details. Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk is returning to produce, and Derek Kolstad will once again pen the script.
Lionsgate will be selling foreign markets for the sequel at Cannes next week. The original movie grossed $43 million domestically and $35 million internationally following its October launch.
“John Wick” also starred Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo and Willem Dafoe. Reeves played a retired hitman seeking vengeance for the killing of his puppy, a gift from his late wife.
- Dave McNary
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