30 June 2013 11:37 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “I like you. You say what you mean.” Showtime’s brilliant new show, “Ray Donovan,” is titled after a straightshooter in a town where no one is honest; a problem solver in a place built on mountains of problems. Ann Biderman’s stunning drama (directed and produced by “Sopranos” vet Allen Coulter) is the kind of dense patchwork quilt of character and theme that separate great shows from merely good ones. Think “Deadwood,” “The Wire,” or “The Sopranos” — shows to which this could eventually merit comparison. As Biderman proved with “Southland,” she has incredible skill at developing ensemble and this is one of the best on TV, toplined by a surprisingly subtle turn from Liev Schreiber in the lead but filled out by great actors throughout.

Television Rating: 4.5/5.0

Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber) gets shit done. He is a fixer, not unlike The Wolf from “Pulp Fiction” if Harvey Keitel »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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