pick of the week
Tuesday, 8.30pm, Showcase You’ll be hearing a lot about Ray Donovan. Destined to join the ranks of television’s truly great shows, it stars Liev Schreiber, pictured, as go-to guy Ray Donovan — a ‘‘ fixer’’ — for LA’s top power players. Ray is laconic, a man of few words, but without the self-aggrandising smarm of the various James Bond types that litter modern TV shows. With its truly grimy movie stars, athletes and business moguls caught out doing heinous things that Ray must ‘‘ disappear’’, in mood the show is more LA Confidential than NCIS: LA. For such a quietly powerful guy Ray sure is busy. In this debut episode clients just keep emerging from the woodwork. Any other man would be stressed out of his skull, but quick thinking Ray always keeps his cool. When an athlete wakes up in bed beside a dead girl, he moves to kill two birds with one stone by replacing the athlete at the crime scene with a movie star who needs a distraction following a very public dalliance with a transvestite. Ray also has a wife (Paula Malcomson) and a couple of whacked-out brothers who need his attention. Things are thrown further into disarray when the wonderful Jon Voight as Ray’s dad is released early from prison. Directed by Allen Coulter ( The Sopranos), Ray Donovan is worth staying home for.