Ray Donovan (2013– )

Creator: Ann Biderman

Cast: Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Jon Voight

Here is a great series Neo-Noir. At first you will go okay a show about this guy who has this job but as the series goes on you beginning to see what it is really. Nice move from showtime. Ray Donavan is a fixer for the stars and rap stars in hollywood. Basically he protects them don’t matter what that is why he is paid to do. But he also protect his family especially from his father. His wife Abby and their kids know what Ray does for a living. Ray’s siblings however are not in good shape you have Bunchy was molested by a priest when he was a child, and went into an addiction of drugs and alcohol plus depression. Terry  took too many blows to the head as a boxer, and the resulting neurological damage. And a bastard half-brother Daryl, and ex-con self-centered menace of a father Mickey. But Ray gets the news that his father is getting out of prison after being incarcerated for 20 years.

It funny at times moves along well so far. Liev Schrieber. is a perfect Ray Donovan. There is pain in his past and he never forgot it. Ray is on a slow burner because there will be stress from his father who has come back and want to get to know his grandchildren. Steven Bauer as Avi, Ray’s hired muscle/friend is great but I wondered where was he all this years. I almost didn’t recognize him. Ray’s assistant Lena, a great role for Katherine Moennig she is embracing it big time, he fit her like a glove. James Woods shows up as ‘Sully’, a Boston mobster with Donovan family history/connections and is now FBI’s most wanted. A lot of fun moment, tension nice acting and fun to watch.


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SOUTHLAND (2009 – 2013)

CreatorAnn Biderman.

Cast :  Michael CudlitzShawn HatosyRegina King.

Southland takes a raw look at Los Angeles as it is in the 2000s and as well at the lives of the officers of the Los Angeles Police Department who are trying to contain it.
Now there is a show that has a feel of a realistic documentary well like Dragnet and Adam-12. This a show like that one in today society, In south L.A. and things has changed since 1959. Unfortunately the show was not well received. It had every thing organized crime , gang, burglars, domestic violence, rape, etc….. C. Thomas Howell delivers an believable alcoholic cop. It is a raw look at L.A. Police officer on the job in south central L.A. A well done show who did not get the praise from the public. That is why it went from NBC to cable channel TNT. The cast delivers ia great performance ever seen in a series.