David Bianculli on the new Showtime series Ray Donovan starring Liev Schreiber:
This new Showtime series is created by Ann Biderman, whose credits include the impressively raw TNT series Southland. Equally of note is that one of the executive producers of Ray Donovan is Mark Gordon, one of the guiding forces of Showtime’s Homeland. So the off-screen pedigree is strong — but no stronger than the actors on the screen, who turn Ray Donovan into something special.
Liev Schreiber, in his first TV role since a one-season stint on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, plays Ray Donovan as a towering, mostly silent, often menacing presence — like Liam Neeson in the Taken movies.