With the announcement that Showtime was bringing Dexter back for its eighth season comes a new teaser for the serial killer drama. It comes paired with a new trailer for Showtime's new drama Ray Donovan, which is fitting considering the two series will be paired up this June when Dexter returns and Ray Donovan premieres.
Showtime decided to combine their first look at Masters of Sex with their first look at Ray Donovan, two promising looking series that, when presented back to back against one another, have noticeably different tones. One is risqué and sexy, the other suspenseful and a little violent. Both look like they could be great new series for the premium cable channel.
Showtime will have two new drama series on the way; they’ve picked up both of the pilots they ordered this season, Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex. The first stars Liev Schreiber as a guy who “fixes” the scandalous problems of the rich and famous. The second is not nearly as titillating as the name implies – it’s actually about two pioneers in the field of human sexuality who were at the roots of America’s sexual revolution.
Now that House is officially finishing up its run, the stars of the show will have to look for new jobs. It looks like Peter Jacobson is first out of the gate, as he has already signed on to join a pilot for Showtime. His role in the pilot Ray Donovan sounds like it will be a far cry from the character he’s been playing over at Princeton Plainsboro.
There is an ever increasing trend that has seen several Hollywood veterans flock to premium television. From Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte trying their Luck to Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest boarding The Corrections (both at network superstar HBO), stars in the twilight of their careers are finding juicy parts on the small screen. Now, two more legends, Jon Voight and Elliott Gould, are also making the transition by joining Ray Donovan at Showtime.
Showtime has cast the female lead for their new pilot Ray Donovan, and it will be a familiar face for Deadwood fans. Paula Malcomson will appear opposite Liev Shreiber in the new series set in Hollywood that, from what I can gather can be best described as a dark family dramedy
Among the more intriguing sounding pilots in the works is Showtime’s Ray Donovan. Created by Southland’s Ann Biderman, the project already has Liev Schreiber on board to star and now it looks as though Showtime has secured a director for the pilot.
Schreiber will play the title character, a Hollywood "fixer" who gets called in to solve embarrassing problems, like dead hookers or action heroes getting busted while coked out of their mind and attempting to couple with inanimate objects. He's the guy that keeps people's names out of the papers, pays off those who need to be payed off, and generally tries to keep the world from noticing the thick sheen of filth under Hollywood's glitz and glamour.