'Ray Donovan' review: Showtime's new drama aims for greatness and misses the mark

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 suburb of Calabasas with his wife (Paula...



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