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'Ray Donovan' creator Ann Biderman stepping down as showrunner

EW has confirmed that Ann Biderman will be leaving her post as showrunner of Showtime’s Ray Donovan.

Biderman wrote and created the fixer crime drama, and served as showrunner for the first two seasons. Biderman will stay on the show as a creative consultant, with Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff staying on as executive producers. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the news.

Showtime President David Nevins said in a statement, “Ann Biderman is a uniquely gifted writer and creator. She has done great work on Ray Donovan from her very first pitch through the first two amazing seasons. Ray Donovan has become a signature asset for Showtime and Ann will continue as a creative consultant on the show. We look forward to continuing our relationship with her.”

There are talks for Ray Donovan writer and executive producer David Hollander to continue on as showrunner for the drama, which was recently renewed for a third season.

'Masters of Sex,' 'Ray Donovan' renewed for season 3

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Showtime has renewed its summer drama block: Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan are both coming back for third rounds. The will start production early next year on 12 episodes each. “Both Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex are quintessentially Showtime: bold, provocative, premium television with production values at the top of the food chain,” said Showtime president David Nevins. “These acclaimed shows are filled with complex and interesting characters and settings that will no doubt give audiences compelling television to invest in for seasons to come.”

Both perform solid-ish for the network. Ray Donovan starring Liev Schreiber as an L.A. fixer delivers around 5 million viewers once all forms of viewing are counted, while Masters starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as 1950s sex researchers gets about four million. Both also recently hit season highs. Moreover for Showtime, both shows received Emmy nominations this year, with Masters scoring five nods including one for Caplan’s performance, and Donovan being honored for Jon Voight’s performance.

'Ray Donovan': Liev Schreiber losing all control in season 2 trailer -- VIDEO

Just in time for Father’s Day, Showtime has released the official trailer for the second season of the drama Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight in a pretty complicated father-son relationship. Schreiber plays the title role, a professional fixer catering to the elite of Los Angeles with the ability to make any problem go away. After an epic showdown that killed a Boston mobster and fugitive at the end of season 1, the action continues after the murder as a member of the FBI (Hank Azaria) gets involved and starts asking questions. Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'Ray Donovan' producer pleads guilty in online gambling case

A Hollywood producer has pleaded guilty in New York for his role in a high-stakes sports betting business run by an organized-crime enterprise.

Bryan Zuriff is executive producer of the Showtime series Ray Donovan. He pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to accepting a financial instrument in connection with unlawful Internet gambling.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH’-ruh) announced the plea Friday, saying Zuriff operated an illegal gambling enterprise in Los Angeles and helped run one in New York.

Zuriff faces five years in prison when sentenced in November. He’s agreed to forfeit $500,000. His lawyer hasn’t returned a message seeking comment.

Authorities in April indicted 34 people accused of being part of a scheme by two Russian-American organized-crime enterprises. They say the enterprises laundered $100 million from illegal gambling including poker games attended by celebrities and pro athletes.

'Ray Donovan' renewed for second season

No surprise here: Showtime’s summer hit Ray Donovan was just renewed for a second season. The show premiered June 30 and its most recent episode scored 2.2 million viewers Sunday night.

Liev Schreiber stars as L.A.’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the problems of the city’s elite go away. Drama unfolds when his devious father, Mickey Donovan (Jon Voight), is unexpectedly released from prison, setting off a chain of events that shakes up the Donovan family.

Ray Donovan is on track to be our biggest season 1 show ever,” said David Nevins, president of entertainment for Showtime Networks, in a release. “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.”

'Ray Donovan' pilot: Watch it online here

If the boss isn’t looking, you can sit at your desk and watch the entire first episode of Showtime’s upcoming drama series Ray Donovan right here. Liev Schreiber stars as a guy who makes the problems of L.A.’s elite disappear, while Jon Voight plays his devious recently paroled father (Voight introduces the video below and says Showtime’s “Brace Yourself” slogan with just slightly more enthusiasm than if he was at gunpoint). Also: This online version is edited for content, so expect blurred boobies. Ray Donovan premieres after the final season debut of Dexter on June 30:
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'Masters of Sex' and 'Ray Donovan': Showtime teases two new shows -- VIDEO

Homeland wraps up its second season on Dec. 16, but Showtime is hoping viewers of its Emmy-winning thriller will keep tuning in on Sunday nights when they launch two new series in 2013. The cable network recently released a two-for-one trailer for Masters of Sex, which stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan (Party Down) as the real-life pioneering 1950’s sexologists, William Masters and Virginia Johnson; and Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber as a Hollywood fixer who seems like a gritty combination of Pulp Fiction‘s Mr. Wolf and real-life investigator-to-the-stars, Anthony Pellicano.

Take a look at the clip below. READ FULL STORY

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