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In just the past couple of weeks following the series premiere of Ray Donovan, the Showtime network has decided to renew the show for a second season. The show has become popular already and has even been breaking records for the network, an incredible statistic considering the popular shows that have aired over the years such as Dexter and Weeds. Ray Donovan's series premiere was on June 30 and airs on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. It follows Dexter and was assigned to this slot in order to gain an audience. Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schrieber, tells the story of the title character and his life as a "fixer" in Hollywood.
Ray Donovan also had the highest rated original series premiere ever, with more than 6 million viewers. The series went up 15 percent in the second week and delivered 2.2 million viewers on Sunday night. The show is set in the mecca of the rich and famous, where Ray is the man who is called upon in order to solve the problems of the city's celebrities, athletes, and business moguls. The drama of the show begins to unfold after Ray's father Mickey (Jon Voight) is released from prison after 25 years; this sets off a series of events, creating turmoil in the Donovan family. Ray Donovan is created and executive produced by Ann Biderman, who also wrote the pilot and created the series Southland.