After producing record-breaking ratings for the pay TV net, “Ray Donovan” has been renewed by Showtime for a second season early into its first run.
“Donovan,” created and exec produced by Ann Biderman, was the highest rated original series premiere ever for the cabler, debuting on Sunday, June 30 at 10 p.m. after the premiere of “Dexter’s” latest run. The Liev Schreiber-starrer, which centers on a “fixer” to high profile Los Angeles clientele, has also shown upticks in its second and third weeks, drawing 2.2 million viewers in its most recent Sunday night broadcast.
Showtime plans to bow the second season of “Donovan” next year.
“‘Ray Donovan’ is on track to be our biggest season one show ever,” said said David Nevins, prez of entertainment at Showtime Networks. “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.”
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