Star Trek: Discovery and Ray Donovan Renewed
CBS has renewed Star Trek: Discovery for an additional season and Showtime has done the same for Ray Donovan. CBS’ digital streaming service CBS All Access has renewed Star Trek: Discovery for Season 2. Showtime has renewed Ray Donovan for Season 6.
CBS renewing Star Trek: Discovery was an easy eventuality to predict. Though the series premiere was above average, it was nothing special. Since the premiere, the series has got better and better with a back-story to its main character, Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), that is far better than even the most skeptical or jaded Star Trek connoisseur could have expected.
Burnham’s back-story is well-developed and thought-out, especially with the logic zealots that showed up in the latest episode, that it deserves its own series, mini-series, or web series.
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) October 23, 2017
Ray Donovan, on the other hand, has become a formula TV show where new characters come in for a season arc and then are gone by the beginning of the next season. I was surprised to hear that the show was renewed. The lion-share of the audience that watched the series at its height must have stuck with the series.
Perhaps the change of location, from Los Angeles to New York City, will do the show, its characters, and its storylines some good.
The official press release for Ray Donovan‘s Season 6 renewal:
SHOWTIME has ordered a sixth season of its hit drama series RAY DONOVAN, starring multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominee Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight in his Golden Globe winning role. The announcement was made today by Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.
Consisting of 12 episodes, the sixth season is set to relocate from Los Angeles, where it has been based for the past five seasons, to New York City when production begins in early 2018, following an intensely emotional season five that finds Ray in turmoil and needing to rebuild his life anew. The RAY DONOVAN fifth-season finale airs this Sunday, October 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. RAY DONOVAN is one of the network’s top dramas and is currently averaging nearly 5 million weekly viewers across platforms.
”RAY DONOVAN broke new ground this season with its deeply emotional and innovative approach to Abby’s passing, without sacrificing any of the intensity that has been its trademark,” Levine said. “We so appreciate that 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.”
“For our show, creatively, New York is exciting. Fashion, media, finance, theatre, culture. It’s going to present new challenges for Ray Donovan which mean new opportunities for us as dramatists,” said showrunner David Hollander. “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.”
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