As “Homeland” comes to a close with its eighth and final season, Showtime says goodbye to another of their big hits. After seven seasons, the drama series “Ray Donovan” has come to an end.
The news has disappointed loyal fans of the series which starred Liev Schreiber (“Spotlight”) as the titular character, having ended its most recent (and now final) season on a cliff-hanger. The Hollywood Reporter posted the following quote from Showtime:
“After seven incredible seasons, Ray Donovan has concluded its run on Showtime,” the premium cable network said Tuesday in a statement. “We are proud that the series ended amid such strong viewership and on such a powerful note. Our deepest thanks go to Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, showrunner David Hollander and the entire cast and crew, past and present, for their dedicated work.”
The show had been an ever-present at the Primetime Emmy Awards throughout its early run, with Schreiber and Academy Award winner Jon Voight (“Coming Home”), picking up three and two nominations for their roles in the show respectively. Season three was a particularly strong season for the show awards wise, with Hank Azaria winning Guest Actor and the show getting a rare nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.
The show had a consistent audience viewership throughout its later run, however, it never hit the heights of its early days. The news will still come to a surprise to many “Ray Donovan” fans who had expected one final season to wrap up the story and unanswered questions.
Alongside Schreiber and Voight, Paula Malcomson, Steven Bauer, Eddie Marsan, Pooch Hall, and Dash Mihok were all regular cast members on the show and it will be interesting to see what paths these actors take next.
The news marks an end of an era for Showtime, with not only “Ray Donovan” and “Homeland” coming to an end, but “Shameless” too, as well as “The Affair” which came to an end last year. The network has two new shows on the horizon slated for a 2020 release, with “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” and “The Good Lord Bird,” the latter starring Ethan Hawke.
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