Season 4 of the hit Showtime crime drama series Ray Donovan returns June 26 at 9 p.m. ET on-air, on demand and over the internet, the network announced on Friday. Created by Ann Biderman, Liev Schreiber stars as L.A.’s best professional fixer, and co-stars Jon Voight as Ray’s ex-con father, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey, and Devon Bagby. The network has also unveiled the poster art and teaser trailer which begins with Donovan confessing his sins. Check it out below!
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The series debuted in 2013, and the pilot episode was the biggest premiere of all time on Showtime. Schreiber received his first Emmy nomination for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role on the third season. During a chat with The Wrap last year, the actor spoke about his conflict with the industry comparing people’s work and art for awards.
“I struggle with the idea of comparing people’s work and art,” Schreiber told The Wrap. “The notion of giving awards or putting a competitive spin on something that is a relative art form is sort of odd to me. But I totally appreciate the acknowledgement.”
Schreiber became known during the late 1990s and early 2000s after starring in a series of hit indie films. A respected actor of the stage, having performed in several Broadway productions, he won a Best Featured Actor Tony Award in 2005 for his performance in the play Glengarry Glen Ross. That same year he made his debut as a film director and writer with Everything Is Illuminated, based on the novel of the same name.
“Even before I was acting, I was always that kid in English class who wanted to read out loud,” the actor said in a 2015 telephone interview with the Wall Street Journal. “I’d always liked Shakespeare. I had a thing for old language. I felt really excited and alive and electric whenever I was doing that kind of text.”
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During that same interview, Liev spoke on the “level of conflict and existential nausea” he experiences while getting in the head of Ray Donovan, a Hollywood “fixer” for scandal-prone celebrities.
“It’s tricky to go to that place every week in a new and interesting way,” he explained. “You don’t have the lines. You don’t have the language to hide behind. You only have a state of being and reactive behavior.”
Schreiber told The Wrap that he had a “really remarkable, really lucky trip” on his way to reach A-list status, because he had “great teachers, great ensembles and great companies to work with, who supported my career.”
Last season left Ray wounded and reconnecting with his forsaken faith after an intense battle with the Armenian mafia. This season finds him walking the path of redemption, and wanting to become a better husband and father. Season 4 guest stars include Lisa Bonet (in a major recurring role as an unstable woman with a damaging secret), Embeth Davidtz, Ted Levine, Gabriel Mann, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Chris Coppola, and Billy Lush, Deadline reports.
The Ray Donovan S4 premiere episode will be followed by the debut of the new one-hour ensemble comedy series Roadies, from creator, writer, director, and executive producer Cameron Crowe. The series stars Luke Wilson as tour manager of a band and Carla Gugino as the tour’s production manager. Roadies will premiere at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Watch the new Season 4 teaser trailer for Ray Donovan below: