RAY DONOVAN Series Premiere Recap: The Bag or the Bat

In Ray Donovan, Showtime’s new South-Boston-Comes-To-L.A. drama, it takes 42 minutes before Ray (Liev Schreiber) smiles. This says a lot about Ray and about Ray Donovan, and paints a pretty accurate picture about the tone of the first episode. That’s not to say that it’s not enjoyable, but it’s a departure from Showtime’s more winking-attitude dramas of the past. No, Ray Donovan does not suffer fools gladly, and though the first episode has its lighter moments, for the most part its steeped in solemnity. Hit the jump for more on how this drama about South Bostonites manages to somehow not feature one Wahlberg or Affleck. READ MORE...

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