Omar Dorsey Talks RAY DONOVAN Season 2 Finale, His Character’s Evolution, Finding His Place in the Cast, SELMA, and More

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On the Showtime drama series Ray Donovan, Ray (Liev Schreiber) is the go-to guy who makes the problems of L.A.’s celebrities, superstar athletes and business moguls disappear.  It’s the problems in his own life that he never seems to know how to handle, and probably the biggest problem in Season 2 was Cookie Brown (Omar Dorsey in a chillingly stand-out performance), a music business entrepreneur who became a major threat to Ray’s family.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Omar Dorsey talked about finding his place among all of the tough characters already on the show, not playing the stereotype of a character like this, his favorite scene, that he knew his character’s fate all along, and why this was a fun character to play, but not someone you’d want to be like in real life.  He also talked about what it means to him to be a part of the upcoming feature film Selma (due out in limited release on Christmas day), about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights marches that changed America.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are major spoilers.

RAY DONOVAN Season Two Finale Recap: “The Captain”

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What a strange, rushed, and very open-ended finale for Ray Donovan‘s second season, written by departing show runner (and series creator) Ann Biderman.  “The Captain” was an odd way to end things, and didn’t feel at all like a goodbye until next season.  Hit the jump for why hitting people who don’t deserve it, for money, is the story of Ray’s life.

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Rodef”

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As has been Ray Donovan‘s trajectory all season, Ray’s attempts to manage his family — even under the guise of protecting them — have finally unravelled completely.  Though he spent much of “Rodef” covering his bases with Ezra, Abby, Avi, Lena, Cochran and others (should he end up in jail), in his final scene of anguish, he was unable to protect the two most important people in his life: Conor and Bridget.  Yet, as always, it wasn’t chance or fate that led to that outcome, but Ray’s own choices.  Hit the jump to find out how many Vietnam vets it takes to screw in a lightbulb (“You weren’t there, man!”)

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Volcheck”

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So much of Ray Donovan this season has hinted at possible catharsis for Ray, and what the consequences are the longer he denies his past.  “Volcheck” was about that, but even more generally about fear.  Ray fears confronting his past, but is also a fearsome figure for many (like Ronald, and to a certain degree Mickey).  Abby fears retaliation on Bridget by Cooke Brown, while Terry fears he’ll lose Frances and his dreams of escape unless he throws his lot in with Mickey.  And Avi, who has been critical of Ray all season, seems concerned about his boss, and where Ray is taking them.  Hit the jump if you like to swim in the ocean naked.

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Snowflake”

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Though Ray Donovan‘s “Snowflake” was largely focused on the fallout from “Sunny’s” brutal murders, it was also still about the show’s central theme of how Ray, and what he does, affects his family.  As Detective Halloran tells him (after Ray threatens him to stay away from his kids): “you’re the one who turned your daughter into a liar.”  By the end of “Snowflake,” Ray’s cracks about decisions like those were starting to show.  Is he really ready to confront things?  Hit the jump for Shorty’s 9/11 Truther theories.

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Sunny”

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The best laid plans of Ray and kin often go astray.  The overarching irony of Ray Donovan is that for a fixer, Ray isn’t very good when it comes to his own family.  The truth about him laundering money through the gym to help support Terry (as well as clean Ray’s money) ends up alienating Terry completely.  The house in Trusdale meant nothing to Abby without Ray’s emotional support behind it, and she finally challenges his years of cheating on her.  Ray was willing to allow Cookie Brown to take hold of Marvin’s life, so long as he moved him to South Beach to keep him away from Bridget.  But that, too, turned sour quickly.  Hit the jump for Ray’s other misdeeds, and how it all might get put back together again.

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Walk This Way”

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The Donovan clan, who have been living very separate lives this season, were all forced under one roof in “Walk This Way.”  The results were, predictably, a disaster.  But, “Conor wanted the family; Conor got the family.”  In many ways, “Walk This Way” was a perfect capsule episode of Ray Donovan that focused on the Donovans being as messed up as they could possibly be.  As far as what it means for their futures, though, things are not as clear.  Hit the jump for the difference between acne and a priest.

Showtime Renews MASTERS OF SEX and RAY DONOVAN for Season 3

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Fresh off AMC’s decision to bring Halt and Catch Fire back for another season, Showtime has ordered Masters of Sex Season 3 and Ray Donovan Season 3.  Both shows received 12-episode orders for a third season, set to debut in early 2015.  I haven’t seen either, but Masters of Sex is high on my list of shows I need to catch up on.  Lizzy Caplan has earned rave reviews for her lead performance, garnering an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series along with a bevy of Emmy nods for the show in general.  The series averages four million weekly viewers across all platforms while Ray Donovan averages five million, so bringing both shows back was a no-brainer for Showtime.  Read the full press release after the jump.

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Viagra”

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Ray Donovan is rarely cryptic with its episode titles, and “Viagra” was no exception.  It was an hour devoted to sex, and about the complications of sex, for everyone.  As Ray and Abby continue to struggle through their relationship, Terry and Bunchy take drastic steps to move forward with their respective ladies.  Sex is used in a number of ways to help Ray try and ensnare Cochran, and even Mickey and his friend get a moment with a prostitute (sort of).  Hit the jump for why Ray is determined to send someone to the Maldives.

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Irish Spring”

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If there was one thing Ray Donovan really needed to upgrade in its second season, it was humor.  What keeps a dark and violent show from getting too dark are things like a well-placed look, or turn of phrase, or anything that lightens things just enough to make viewers want to keep exploring the world.  In the past, it was Mickey who shouldered most of this burden, thanks to Jon Voight‘s wack-a-doodle portrayal (which has continued, and even been augmented, this year).  But this season, it has run through each episode, and is better incorporated with the family drama.  Hit the jump if it really bothers you to not be in control.

Vinessa Shaw Talks RAY DONOVAN, Crafting Her Character, the Brutal Honesty of the Show, Kate’s Relationship with Ray, and More

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On the Showtime drama series Ray Donovan, Ray (Liev Schreiber) is the go-to guy who makes the problems of L.A.’s celebrities, superstar athletes and business moguls disappear.  It’s the problems in his own life that he never seems to know how to handle, and one of those problems in Season 2 has been a nosy reporter named Kate McPherson (Vinessa Shaw), who just won’t take no for an answer, when it comes to the Donovan family.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Vinessa Shaw talked about how she came to be a part of this show, just how addicting the story is, how it was both intimidating and exciting to walk onto the set for the first time, how she views her character, how much she’s enjoyed playing someone so focused and driven, how she views the relationship between Kate and Ray, getting into the right headspace to do the more intimate scenes, and what being a part of such a high quality, high caliber show taught her about herself, as an actress.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “S U C K”

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No matter what happens on Ray Donovan, things always come back to family.  The definition of family, and relationships among family members, have been driving forces on the show since the beginning.  “S U C K” was also about drawing lines, even where loved ones are involved.  But for Ray, and even for Abby, where those lines should be is unclear.  Ray has an idea about himself, and who he wants to be, but his reality is very different.  In “S U C K,” he was forced to come to terms with that in a number of ways.  Hit the jump for why “You don’t need to worry about the natives, the natives need to worry about you.” 

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Gem & Loan”

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In “Gem & Loan,” Ray Donovan explored partnerships and alliances.  It also created a partnership, for this hour at least, between two of its more disparate parts: the family drama and Ray as a fixer.  Ray Donovan is at its best when Ray’s job intersects with his family or other storylines that viewers are already invested in.  It also was a rare episode where everyone, by the end of it, was more or less content.  Hit the jump for why “you’re a real pisser.”

Johnathon Schaech Talks RAY DONOVAN, the History Channel Mini-Series TEXAS RISING, His Upcoming Sci-Fi Film VICE, and More

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Actor Johnathon Schaech is certainly on a roll in his career, with interesting and intriguing projects in a variety of genres.  After a pivotal and integral role on Season 1 of the hit Showtime drama series Ray Donovan, and a memorable performance as the often villainous Castor on The CW’s Star-Crossed, he has since gone on to play Colonel Sidney Sherman in the History Channel mini-series Texas Rising, about the Texas Revolution against Mexico and starring Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta, Brendan Fraser and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, among others, which will premiere in 2015.  On top of that, he recently finished the Bruce Willis sci-fi/action film Vice, about a resort that offers its wealthy clients a chance to live out their fantasies until it suffers a mishap that causes one of its staff members to seek out revenge.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Johnathon Schaech talked about working on such a massive project as Texas Rising and collaborating with director Roland Joffé, his experience on Ray Donovan and wishing he didn’t have to leave the show, what he enjoyed about playing Castor on Star-Crossed, and doing a Bruce Willis action film.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Uber Ray”

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In “Uber Ray,” Ran Donovan has set up its major conflicts for the upcoming season, and so far, it’s looking good.  The show is a slow burn, and one that didn’t get as much attention as its counterpart Masters of Sex, but deserved to.  It’s at least a steadily engaging show, if not completely tonally consistent, and its character drama is always interesting to watch unfold.  “Uber Ray” didn’t bother with a fixer plot this week, which was the right choice, focusing instead on Mickey’s return, and what that means for the Donovans.  Hit the jump for why “that’s why you were born, Ray, to be my fucking judge.  That’s always been your job.”

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