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July 1, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Showtime needed a little help with its ratings records books, and "Ray Donovan" was happy to oblige. The crime drama starring Liev Schreiber as a "fixer" to the rich and famous opened Sunday with the premium cable network's best-ever ratings for an original series premiere. In its first showing at 10 p.m., "Ray Donovan" drew 1.4 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. That was better than the 1.1 million in 2011 for the premiere of "Homeland" - which at the time was considered a breakthrough for Showtime.
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March 4, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Showtime entertainment chief David Nevins has been promoted to president of the pay-TV channel. Nevins, who as president of entertainment gave the green light to Showtime's successful dramas "Homeland" and "Ray Donovan," will now have oversight over the network's sports unit as well its marketing, creative and digital divisions. The promotion to the newly created position is part of a new contract Nevins signed with Showtime that runs through 2018. He will continue to report to Showtime Chairman and Chief Executive Matt Blank.
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July 16, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
"Ray Donovan," the Showtime drama starring Liev Scheiber as a professional "fixer" who makes the problems of high-profile athletes and celebrities go away, has been picked up for a second season. The premiere of the series last month was Showtime's highest-rated debut in history, scoring 6 million viewers. Subsequent episodes have also pulled in a solid audience. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times " 'Ray Donovan' is on track to be our biggest season-one show ever," Showtime Networks President David Nevins said in a statement.
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November 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before finding a better agent. The Skinny: Today is 11/12/13. Just throwing that out there for you to have something to chew on. And if you are reading this at 9:10 well consider your mind officially blown! Today's roundup includes a shakeup at Disney Interactive and a look at Revolt, the new music channel started by Sean Combs. Daily Dose: On Tuesday morning, CNN said it hired New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter, which confirmed my story from Monday night that it was near a deal to land him. Stelter will cover the industry for CNN and host its Sunday show "Reliable Sources.
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June 27, 2013 | By Mary McNamara
"Siberia" -- It may not have the built-in fan base of "Under the Dome," but NBC's "Siberia" could be just as much fun. Sixteen contestants are dropped in the middle of a Siberian forest with a camera crew and not much else. The goal: to survive long enough to claim the $500,000 prize. The pilot sets up a convincing, if a tad unregulated (there are no rules save do you what you must to survive), reality show, except that's not what's happening here. Created by newcomer Matthew Arnold, "Siberia" is a horror-drama, with creepy-woods top notes of "Blair Witch Project" and the production value of the short-lived monster mess, "The River.
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June 29, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Television Critic
"Ray Donovan," a new drama premiering Sunday on Showtime, takes the unlikely tack of overlaying a "Boston-Irish dysfunctional family with criminal elements" story - you know the type - onto a backdrop of big-shot Hollywood. And gets away with it. Created by Ann Biderman ("Southland"), it is on paper not a show I'd expect to like. I grow weary of antiheroes. I tire of the way that TV and movies picture Hollywood just to kick it around. Notwithstanding the creeps and hacks that doubtless can be found in its corner offices and power corridors, it's also a place where a lot gets done by people committed to good work, who go home to more or less (factoring out the money, privilege and hired help)
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June 11, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Actor Liev Schreiber and crew from the new Showtime drama "Ray Donovan" were filming at Union Station in downtown L.A. on Tuesday, joining a surge in local TV production this quarter. Production days for television shoots jumped 30% last week and are up 29% so far in the second quarter compared with the same time last year, according to a Los Angeles Times review of permit data from FilmL.A. Inc. Feature production activity also continues to rise, but at a slower pace. Feature production days (from April 1 through Sunday)
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July 1, 2013 | By Scott Collins and Catherine Saillant
Jimmy Kimmel may not be able to fight City Hall, but now he's played there. The ABC late-night host served as the official emcee at the swearing-in of Mayor Eric Garcetti, which took place amid sweltering heat in downtown Los Angeles late Sunday afternoon. Ever mindful of political realities, Kimmel blamed the heat on the previous administration. He praised Garcetti's down-to-earth roots. "He is truly a man of the people," Kimmel told the crowd. "His parents were people. His grandparents were people.
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January 13, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Showtime's "Dexter" two years ago served as a lead-in for the launch of "Homeland," the premium channel's Emmy-winning drama. Now both shows are being used to help launch two new Showtime shows. "Our plan is to harness the strength of these two shows to launch the next generation of new dramas on Showtime," said David Nevins, president of entertainment for Showtime. "Dexter," about a police forensics expert who moonlights as a serial killer, will return to prime time earlier than usual on June 30 as a lead-in to "Ray Donovan," a new drama starring Liev Schreiber. The show centers on a professional "fixer" for the rich and famous.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Showtime entertainment chief David Nevins has been promoted to president of the pay-TV channel. Nevins, who as president of entertainment gave the green light to Showtime's successful dramas "Homeland" and "Ray Donovan," will now have oversight over the network's sports unit as well its marketing, creative and digital divisions. The promotion to the newly created position is part of a new contract Nevins signed with Showtime that runs through 2018. He will continue to report to Showtime Chairman and Chief Executive Matt Blank.
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September 23, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
The finale of "Dexter" is drawing mixed reaction from fans, but it was a ratings smash for Showtime. The conclusion of the series about forensic investigator Dexter Morgan, who moonlights as a serial killer, was the show's highest-rated telecast ever, and the largest viewership for an original episode in Showtime history. The episode attracted 2.8 million viewers at its premiere telecast at 9 p.m., and 3.3 million viewers in repeat viewings later in the evening. PHOTOS: Memorable TV series finales The show's eighth season was also the highest-rated season ever, with a weekly average of 6.4 million viewers across platforms.
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July 16, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
"Ray Donovan," the Showtime drama starring Liev Scheiber as a professional "fixer" who makes the problems of high-profile athletes and celebrities go away, has been picked up for a second season. The premiere of the series last month was Showtime's highest-rated debut in history, scoring 6 million viewers. Subsequent episodes have also pulled in a solid audience. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times " 'Ray Donovan' is on track to be our biggest season-one show ever," Showtime Networks President David Nevins said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Showtime needed a little help with its ratings records books, and "Ray Donovan" was happy to oblige. The crime drama starring Liev Schreiber as a "fixer" to the rich and famous opened Sunday with the premium cable network's best-ever ratings for an original series premiere. In its first showing at 10 p.m., "Ray Donovan" drew 1.4 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. That was better than the 1.1 million in 2011 for the premiere of "Homeland" - which at the time was considered a breakthrough for Showtime.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By Scott Collins and Catherine Saillant
Jimmy Kimmel may not be able to fight City Hall, but now he's played there. The ABC late-night host served as the official emcee at the swearing-in of Mayor Eric Garcetti, which took place amid sweltering heat in downtown Los Angeles late Sunday afternoon. Ever mindful of political realities, Kimmel blamed the heat on the previous administration. He praised Garcetti's down-to-earth roots. "He is truly a man of the people," Kimmel told the crowd. "His parents were people. His grandparents were people.
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June 29, 2013
'Ray Donovan' When: 10 p.m. Sunday Where: Showtime Rating: TV-MA-LSV (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 17, with advisories for coarse language, sex and violence)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Television Critic
"Ray Donovan," a new drama premiering Sunday on Showtime, takes the unlikely tack of overlaying a "Boston-Irish dysfunctional family with criminal elements" story - you know the type - onto a backdrop of big-shot Hollywood. And gets away with it. Created by Ann Biderman ("Southland"), it is on paper not a show I'd expect to like. I grow weary of antiheroes. I tire of the way that TV and movies picture Hollywood just to kick it around. Notwithstanding the creeps and hacks that doubtless can be found in its corner offices and power corridors, it's also a place where a lot gets done by people committed to good work, who go home to more or less (factoring out the money, privilege and hired help)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
The finale of "Dexter" is drawing mixed reaction from fans, but it was a ratings smash for Showtime. The conclusion of the series about forensic investigator Dexter Morgan, who moonlights as a serial killer, was the show's highest-rated telecast ever, and the largest viewership for an original episode in Showtime history. The episode attracted 2.8 million viewers at its premiere telecast at 9 p.m., and 3.3 million viewers in repeat viewings later in the evening. PHOTOS: Memorable TV series finales The show's eighth season was also the highest-rated season ever, with a weekly average of 6.4 million viewers across platforms.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before finding a better agent. The Skinny: Today is 11/12/13. Just throwing that out there for you to have something to chew on. And if you are reading this at 9:10 well consider your mind officially blown! Today's roundup includes a shakeup at Disney Interactive and a look at Revolt, the new music channel started by Sean Combs. Daily Dose: On Tuesday morning, CNN said it hired New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter, which confirmed my story from Monday night that it was near a deal to land him. Stelter will cover the industry for CNN and host its Sunday show "Reliable Sources.
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June 27, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Ray Donovan" (Showtime, Sunday). There are many things built into the bones of this new series starring Liev Schrieber -- Liev Schrieber, people! -- that would tend to raise red flags and set off warning sirens in my brain. Another tale of the bad people of Hollywood, their egos and appetites and the stunning lack of self-awareness they mistake for a stunning degree of self-awareness; another messed-up Irish American family, sporting accents that inevitably make me think of the Donaghys of "30 Rock" -- another handsome anti-hero for the ranks.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2013 | By Mary McNamara
"Siberia" -- It may not have the built-in fan base of "Under the Dome," but NBC's "Siberia" could be just as much fun. Sixteen contestants are dropped in the middle of a Siberian forest with a camera crew and not much else. The goal: to survive long enough to claim the $500,000 prize. The pilot sets up a convincing, if a tad unregulated (there are no rules save do you what you must to survive), reality show, except that's not what's happening here. Created by newcomer Matthew Arnold, "Siberia" is a horror-drama, with creepy-woods top notes of "Blair Witch Project" and the production value of the short-lived monster mess, "The River.
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