Ray Donovan thought he put his past behind him once his gangster father Mickey was arrested and sentenced to a 25-year prison term. The two never had a close relationship and the only way that Ray was going to be able to heal the emotional wounds inflicted during childhood was to not have Mickey anywhere near him for an extended period of time. That separation has allowed him to become a prominent Los Angeles fixer, the central cog of the city and the person responsible for keeping the elites where they need to be. Ray gets rid of problems, handles situations that could be make or break for someone’s career, and is responsible for the direction the city of Los Angeles is heading. However, with an unsatisfactory home front, his life isn’t perfect and certainly won’t be once Mickey gets out of prison.
On the series premiere of Ray Donovan, Mickey has been paroled five years early and blames Ray for the two decades of life he spent behind bars. In his mind, Ray is the one responsible for the arrest and therefore, his main objective is to get revenge on his son. How Mickey intends to go about doing that remains to be seen, but for now, finding a balance between home and work will be of utmost importance to Ray, as his father will likely be targeting his wife and children in his bid for vengeance. He won’t be able to take the time off of work to protect his family, as no Ray Donovan means that Los Angeles wouldn’t be able to function properly, but he’s got to find a way to loosen his workload enough to where he can look after Abby, Bridget, and Conor and ensure that Mickey doesn’t get near enough to do something to them. Can Ray outsmart his father and exorcise the emotional demons he thought were long gone?
The series premiere of Ray Donovan airs Sunday, June 30th at 10:00 on Showtime. You can check out two teasers for the show, which will be premiering following the final season premiere of Dexter, here.
How do you think the series premiere stacks up to your expectations of the show and the promotional material that has been released thus far? Where can a show like this go over the course of, say, 6-7 seasons? Did Schreiber acclimate himself to television well, in your opinion?