Showtime Grants “Ray Donovan” a Second Season

Positioned as a potential heir to the “Dexter” throne, Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” premiered with lofty expectations. Thus far, it is delivering–and well enough to already have a confirmed second season with the pay cable station.

While it is not quite yet a hit on the scale of the Michael C. Hall series, which wraps up with its current eighth season, “Donovan” bowed to the best numbers ever for a Showtime premiere and continues to impress. Having largely retained its initial audience across the two subsequent airings, “Donovan” looks like a winner for the network.

“Ray Donovan is on track to be our biggest season one show ever,” said Nevins. “Ann Biderman and the extraordinarily talented creative team, coupled with the brilliant ensemble cast led by Liev Schreiber, have produced one of the hottest new dramas of the year. We are proud and excited to pick up another season.”

Though not as well reviewed as “Homeland,” Showtime’s last successful drama launch, “Donovan” is cultivating a loyal following as a darker, methodical alternative to ABC’s red-hot “Scandal.” And it will now have a second season to entertain that following.

Written by Brian Cantor

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