Ray Dono­van

pick of the week

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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