We’re in a very icky part of the summer, if you’re used to watching gobs and gobs of great television. At this point, the only “great” television left is “Mad Men,” “Hannibal,” and “Veep,” all of which end this week, so the rest of us desperate to fill our hours with television goodness have to resort to “Longmire” and the new USA Network series, “Graceland,” until the new cycle begins on HBO and Showtime. (I’ve even resorted to watching “Goodwin Games,” an already cancelled series on Fox, though I will never be desperate enough to watch “True Blood.”
Anyway, part of that new cycle of Showtime/HBO programming is the new Showtimes series, “Ray Donovan,” which Showtime has enough faith in not only to pair it with the final season of “Dexter,” but they even bumped “Dexter” up a couple of months in order to promote “Ray Donovan,” which they’re hoping will be their next big series. Now, they’ve even put the pilot online. I haven’t watched it yet because it’s an hour long and it’s a Tuesday morning, but you all can get a jump on the critics and other viewers alike by checking in now. The series centers on Ray Donovan, who is a professional “fixer” for the rich and famous in LA, and can make anyone’s problems disappear except those created by his own family. Jon Voight and Katherine Moennig also star, as well as Frank Whaley.
Here’s the pilot. Check back in with your thoughts in the comments if you watch.