Showtime cancels Ray Donovan after seven seasons
James R | On 05, Feb 2020
Ray Donovan has been cancelled by Showtime after seven seasons.
Liev Schreiber starred in the drama as LA’s best professional fixer – clearing away the dirty secrets of the rich and famous, no matter how messy. Or how illegal.
Created by Ann Biderman, the show followed the character as he solved problems for everyone else but struggled to solve the problems in his own family. Indeed, Shreiber was joined by Eddie Marsan and Jon Voight as Terry and Mickey Donovan. With both Voight and Shreiber winning Golden Globes in 2014, the show kept going for seven seasons, taking Donovan to New York from Los Angeles, and picking up Golden Globe nominations for Schreiber in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 along the way.
Season 7 concluded earlier this year, airing on both Showtime and Sky Atlantic, leaving behind a cliffhanger in its finale. At the start of 2020, Showtime co-head of entertainment Gary Levine told the Television Critics Association press tour that the show was “nearing the end of its run” of seven or eight seasons. Schreiber, meanwhile, thanked fans on Instagram for their love and support following Season 7’s conclusion, adding: “I know the big question on everyone’s mind is whether there will be a Season 8. Truth is it’s in the network’s hands. So if you want more, reach out to them… and let them know how you feel. Either way it’s been an amazing ride and we have all of you to thank for it.”
A couple of weeks later, and Showtime has officially confirmed that it has not renewed the show for an eighth run.
“After seven incredible seasons, Ray Donovan has concluded its run on Showtime,” said the cabler. “We are proud that the series ended amid such strong viewership and on such a powerful note. Our deepest thanks go to Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, showrunner David Hollander and the entire cast and crew, past and present, for their dedicated work.”
While fans have taken to social media to demand a resolution, following Season 7’s cliffhanger, Shreiber has posted one word on Instagram: Ray’s frequent go-to, “Sláinte”, which translates as “cheers” in Irish.
The good news? All seven seasons are still available to binge through on Sky and NOW, with Season 7 available until 20th February 2020.