11:00am PT by Michael O'Connell
Ray Donovan Renewed (and Relocating) for Season 6
Ray Donovan is a Hollywood fixer no more. The title character of the Showtime drama will move to New York City for its sixth season, which was officially commissioned on Monday.
The current season of Ray Donovan, which has been averaging nearly 5 million viewers across platforms, will conclude on Sunday. But Showtime is already giving away that the next run will be a big departure from the previous five. [Note: This is a rare renewal story that should come with a spoiler warning if you're not up to date.]
"Ray Donovan broke new ground this season with its deeply emotional and innovative approach to Abby’s [Paula Malcomson] passing, without sacrificing any of the intensity that has been its trademark,” Showtime Networks president of programming Gary Levine said in a statement. “We so appreciate that [showrunner] David Hollander is never satisfied with the status quo, and his creative plan for moving the show to New York reflects his relentless ambition for this series.”
Hollander has been the showrunner of Ray Donovan since the series' third season, when he stepped in for departing creator Ann Biderman. “For our show, creatively, New York is exciting," Hollander said of the move. "Fashion, media, finance, theatre, culture. It’s going to present new challenges for Ray Donovan, which mean new opportunities for us as dramatists. Ray came to Los Angeles to build a life for himself and his family. They're not there anymore. Ray's career has changed and he is looking for a place to rebuild his life. Ray thinks he went to New York to help his daughter. He's going to find out he's there to help himself.”
Los Angeles has been huge part of the show's narrative, so it's likely the location shift will come with some significant cast changes as well.
Though it is getting up there in years, Ray Donovan remains one of Showtime's most-watched series — behind only flagship Homeland and one-hour dramedy Shameless. The drama is regularly responsible for a few Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, including a 2014 Globe win for supporting actor Jon Voight and a 2016 Emmy nod for guest player Hank Azaria.
Ray Donovan is produced by Showtime Networks.