On the second season of Showtime's Ray Donovan, Liev Schreiber's titular Hollywood fixer will have to find a way to fix his biggest problem: himself.
The drama's first season dealt primarily with Ray's complicated history with his father Mickey (Jon Voight), whom Ray eventually tried to have killed by Sully Sullivan (James Woods), one of Mickey's old Boston rivals. Although Mickey actually ended up killing Sully instead, the biggest twist of the first season revealed that Ray, like his brother Bunchy (Dash Mihok), had been sexually abused as a child by a priest.
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While the revelation helped color exactly why Ray carries so much hatred for Mickey, who failed to protect his son, it also provides fertile ground for the show to explore its main character in Season 2. "It was a big reveal and we need to deal with it and we do," executive producerAnn Biderman tells TVGuide.com...
Spoiler Alert! Don't read this story if you have not yet watched the season finale of Ray Donovan.
Sully, we hardly knew ye! James Woods' Whitey Bulger-esque Boston mobster bit the dust in Sunday's Ray Donovan Season 1 finale, double-crossed by his old partner in crime, Mickey Donovan (Jon Voight). Woods gave TV Guide Magazine the exclusive lowdown on why Sully had to get gunned down.
Liev Schreiber realizes it's ironic that he's chosen to meet for lunch at a downtown Manhattan café called the Smile. "Ray Donovan doesn't smile — it's not my fault!" he says with a laugh. "[Showtime president] David Nevins said to me, 'Could you maybe find a place to smile?' 'I had no idea I had permission. You want me to? I'll smile!' So you'll notice a bit more smiling."
The 45-year-old actor certainly has reason to grin these days:
Showtime has renewed Ray Donovan for a second season, the network announced Tuesday.
"Ray Donovan is on track to be our biggest Season 1 show ever," David Nevins, Showtime's entertainment president, said in a statement.
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