Based on a rough cut of the pilot, I'm really looking forward to Showtime's summer drama "Ray Donovan."
Set amongst California's rich and famous, Ray Donovan is the titular character who does the dirty work for L.A.'s top power players. The hour-long drama series stars Liev Schreiber as a go-to guy who makes the problems of the city's elite disappear. The family drama unfolds when Ray's father (Jon Voight) is unexpectedly sprung from prison, setting off a chain of events and unresolved issues.
It debuts on Showtime at 9 p.m. (CT) Sunday, June 30, following the season 8 premiere of the premium cable net's most popular show, "Dexter" (starting earlier than usual).
(Interesting trivia: Ryan Gosling (lead singer of the band Dead Man's Bones) wrote and performed the song played with the show's trailer.)
Donovan is a fixer (a grittier Olivia Pope), but there won't be a crisis-of-the-week, EP Ann Biderman says.
"I never saw this as being procedural," Biderman says. "It unfolds over this huge canvass and I think that's what's so thrilling about it." She wants each one to feel like a "small film but it's highly serialized."