Ray has been characterized as an Irish-American Tony Soprano in Los Angeles. But that's too easy.
He's smoother, less pig-headed, in sharp suits. He's Liev Schreiber, for heaven's sakes!
Showtime's "Ray Donovan," the big-buzz, 12-episode cable drama of the summer, is a dark and violent exploration of family and sociopaths not dissimilar to HBO's "The Sopranos," but tapping the Hollywood elite for business.
Like that New Jersey family, the Boston-bred Donovan clan suffers the continuing fallout from a tragic parent-child relationship: Like the standoff between mom Olivia and son Tony, the war rages between Dad Mickey ( Jon Voight) and son Ray.
Similarities to "The Sopranos" cause the occasional cringe: a tough guy interested in getting his kids into good schools, an equally tough wife tired of her husband leaving the family to take emergency calls from informants. Instead of the manic Italian Catholic dinners, they share depressive Irish Catholic get-togethers.
It is really good, after the first episode I was excited to see the second and now I'm psyched for the third. Some of the subplots are so uncomfortable but at the same time refreshing to see being tackled (Shameless is similar in that way but otherwise the shows couldn't be more different but both are excellent).
The tranny couldn't possibly have put less effort into trying to appear female...