July 16, 2013

THE SKED: “Ray Donovan” Fixes Itself A 2d Season

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN survived Sunday’s arrival of The Newsroom on HBO with minimal damage (down by 0.1 in 18-49s to 0.5, and by 100,000 total viewers to 1.45M), and the network rewarded the Liev Schreiber drama with a Season 2 renewal.  The show’s ratings haven’t been stellar (it was soundly beaten by Newsroom‘s 2.2M/0.9), but buzz has been generally good, particularly for Schreiber and supporting actor Jon Voight, and that makes it a valuable enough property for Showtime to keep going.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."