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There's something both frustrating and fascinating about the way Showtime's classy but surprisingly dull new drama "Ray Donovan" aspires to greatness.

It's as if someone collected the right ingredients -- an impressive and eclectic ensemble cast, a distinguished creative team, a network that supports and encourages adult storytelling -- but lacked the creative inspiration necessary to combine them into something truly extraordinary. The result is a strange imitation of top tier TV drama. It looks, sounds and feels right, but the flavor isn't there -- you know you've had better.

"Donovan" stars Liev Schreiber in the title role, TV's latest straight white male anti-hero with anger issues and a sensitive side just waiting to surface. It's Schreiber's first series regular role and ostensibly gives him quite a lot to do since Ray is the anchor for the show's multiple areas of interest.

There's Ray's family life in the Los Angeles »

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