‘Ray Donovan’ Gets a Season 6 Renewal and Moves to NY

Ray Donovan Renewed Season 6
Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan in ‘Ray Donovan’ season 5 (Photo: Jeff Neumann / SHOWTIME)
Showtime announced the critically acclaimed dramatic series Ray Donovan starring Liev Schreiber has been renewed for a sixth season. The upcoming season will move the series from Los Angeles where it’s been based for five years to New York City. Production is expected to get underway on season six early next year.

Per Showtime’s official announcement, season six of Ray Donovan will consist of 12 episodes. The network confirmed the show’s return just days prior to the season five finale.

Ray Donovan broke new ground this season with its deeply emotional and innovative approach to Abby’s passing, without sacrificing any of the intensity that has been its trademark,” said Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. “We so appreciate that David Hollander is never satisfied with the status quo, and his creative plan for moving the show to New York reflects his relentless ambition for this series.”

“For our show, creatively, New York is exciting. Fashion, media, finance, theatre, culture. It’s going to present new challenges for Ray Donovan which mean new opportunities for us as dramatists,” explained showrunner David Hollander. “Ray came to Los Angeles to build a life for himself and his family. They’re not there anymore. Ray’s career has changed and he is looking for a place to rebuild his life. Ray thinks he went to New York to help his daughter. He’s going to find out he’s there to help himself.”

The Season 5 Plot: The current season of Ray Donovan finds Ray (Schreiber) turning his attention back to Hollywood and his celebrity fixer firm, while struggling to deal with the recent death of his wife and family matriarch Abby (Paula Malcomson). As the season comes to a close, Ray’s fractured relationship with his daughter Bridget (Kerris Dorsey) draws him to New York to make amends for a past wrongdoing. In the riveting season finale airing this weekend, Ray enlists the help of Hollywood mogul Sam Winslow (Susan Sarandon), who agrees to help Ray, but on the condition that Ray commit a brutal act. Meanwhile, Mickey (Jon Voight) tries to get himself out of jail by turning the tables on Ray.

The cast also includes Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall and Devon Bagby. Additional season-five guest stars include Brian White (Chicago Fire), Adina Porter (American Horror Story), Rhys Coiro (Entourage), Lili Simmons (Hawaii Five-0), Tara Buck (True Blood), C. Thomas Howell (Criminal Minds) and Dominique Columbus (Sickhouse).