What’s in store for Dono­van?

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Pay Television - Ray Dono­van,

It is ex­ceed­ingly ir­ri­tat­ing when stu­dios be­yond our shores won’t pro­vide episodes for pre­view. Some­times the rea­son is sim­ple dis­or­gan­i­sa­tion or con­tempt for the role of crit­ics, and some­times the shows are garbage and they would pre­fer the ben­e­fit of the doubt.

With Ray Dono­van, we are told pre­views were not made avail­able be­cause there is ap­par­ently a mind-blow­ing plot twist com­ing.

The show’s star, Liev Schreiber, con­firmed it, say­ing: “Fairly early in the sea­son, some­thing very pro­found and big has changed in Ray’s life — some­thing I think is go­ing to re­ally shock a lot of peo­ple. The im­pact of that on this fam­ily and Ray him­self is pretty heavy,” he says.

“If he (Ray) could own some of his good­ness, if he could own some of his loy­alty, if he could own some of his strength, he’d be a much health­ier per­son. I re­ally think Ray is the glue that holds the Dono­vans to­gether.”

Showrun­ner David Hol­lan­der told The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter last year that the se­ries would not con­clude pre­cip­i­tously with Ray’s death, which he called the “easy way out”.

“My first pri­or­ity is to dream up a re­ally gor­geous year five, to make sure it de­liv­ers a show that, should it live for a sixth, sev­enth or eighth sea­son, will be sat­is­fy­ing to the au­di­ence and artists,” he said.

From the trailer we know Ray is now work­ing for a film stu­dio run by Samantha Winslow (Su­san Saran­don).

Mean­while, his fa­ther Mickey (Jon Voight) has turned his hand to scriptwrit­ing, and his brother and Parkin­son’s suf­ferer Terry (Ed­die Marsan) has had deep brain stim­u­la­tion that has re­turned his “swag­ger”.

As to the rest: tune in and find out. Tues­day, 8.30pm, Show­case.

Liev Schreiber says his char­ac­ter is ‘the glue that holds the Dono­vans to­gether‘

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