Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’ Series Premiere Now Available on YouTube

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With Dexter lying on the table, wrapped in saran wrap, and ready to shuffle off this mortal coil, Showtime is looking to aggressively promote their impending new drama, Ray Donovan, and they’re looking to do more than hit you with a barrage of billboards and commercials to do it.

Following the path that they laid out back in late 2011 with the premiere episode of House of Lies, Showtime is making the first episode of Ray Donovan available via On Demand and YouTube more than two weeks prior to the June 30th premiere date.

What’s the motivation for the move? Well, Showtime survives on subscribers and opening up their programming to new eyes can certainly serve as a boon for those prospects while also aiding in the pursuit of buzz and the kind of critical acclaim that the network has grown accustomed to thanks to Dexter, Shameless, and Homeland. That’s why you see Free Preview Weekends from time to time, but releasing their program to On-Demand and YouTube allows the network a bit more control over that effort.


Ray Donovan Poster Showtimes Ray Donovan Series Premiere Now Available on YouTube

Will it work? It all depends on how good Ray Donovan is and what Showtime’s expectations are, but with a cast that includes Liev Schreiber, Elliot Gould, Frank Whaley (and his mustache), and Jon Voight, there’s bound to be some interest.

If you’re interested, you can watch the first episode (which is an edited version that is likely absent some of the more adult, Showtime-y content) above. If you’re still on the fence, check out the official synopsis below and see if this one is up your alley.

Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan does the dirty work for LA’s top power players. The new one-hour series stars Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Liev Schreiber in his first lead television role as the go-to guy who makes the problems of the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls disappear. This powerful drama unfolds when his father, played by Oscar® winner Jon Voight, is unexpectedly released from prison, setting off a chain of events that shakes the Donovan family to its core.


Ray Donovan premieres on June 30th @10pm on Showtime.

Source: Showtime

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  1. So this is gonna be like Scandal aimed at a more male audience.

  2. I hope you guys watch it then because it debuts on Sky Atlantic here soon and I’d like to have a US show that isn’t canceled after the first season like Vegas was.

    The commercial aired during this week’s episodes of The Borgias and Mad Dogs and both times, I stopped fast forwarding through the ads to watch and it looked pretty cool.

  3. Just finished it. Damn good show! Solid acting and writing. Some good side character stories that will play well through the more traumatic core story. Really liked it! Lies Schrieber is a badass!

  4. Surprisingly enough, it was up for download all over the internet last Thursday… not sure if it’s the same cut or un-edited.

  5. “Showtime survives on subscribers”
    This statement is a killer considering they just chucked The Borgias. The season finale turned into a series finale.
    This show looks amazing and I am inclined to watch, but still have a wag of the middle finger at Jerktime.

    • I complained about this on Screen Rant a few weeks ago but have since found out that the show’s creator canned The Borgias so it was his decision, not Showtime.

      Anyway, no spoilers please, season 3 only started here this past monday.

      • Where did you read the creator was the one that made the choice?
        Everywhere I’ve read was that Showtime did the canceling and the creator, Neil Jordan, pretty much always planned for it to end its seasonal run at three, but had an understanding to make a two hour movie to wrap up the final plot points.
        I’m not refuting what you’ve said, I would just like to read it was well.
        BTW, you will quite like this season. Loads of intrigue and backstabbing. That’s not so much a spoiler as an every episode plotline.

  6. I don’t understand why he dyed the stalker green

  7. This was really great

  8. I had thought his was going to be a cop show not a ‘fixer’ show. I might give it chance on youtube but I’m kinda sick of fixer shows. Giant bummer about The Borgias.

  9. It was just eh. Another fixer show. Hopefully this can improve into the second episode