UPDATED: Ray Donovan creator Ann Biderman will not at be the helm of Showtime’s drama series for its upcoming third season. Her contract to serve as executive producer/showrunner was up after two seasons, and I hear Showtime opted not to renew it. Biderman has been offered to stay on the show as a creative consultant, and according to Showtime president David Nevins, she has accepted the offer. “Ann Biderman is a uniquely gifted writer and creator,” Nevins said. “She has done great work on Ray Donovan from her very first pitch through the first two amazing seasons. Ray Donovan has become a signature asset for Showtime, and Ann will continue as a creative consultant on the show. We look forward to continuing our relationship with her.”
Talks are underway with the series’ writer/executive producer David Hollander to succeed Biderman as showrunner. The situation had been in flux for the past couple of weeks, but Showtime’s decision is said to be because of financial reasons, stemming purely from from budget overruns on the show’s first two seasons. Biderman, who also created NBC/TNT’s Southland, is very well liked and universally admired. Any behind-the-scenes changes won’t affect the remainder of Ray Donovan‘s second season, which has finished shooting and is in postproduction. The series, starring Liev Schreiber as a powerful Los Angeles fixer, came into its own in Season 2 as a 9 PM Sunday anchor, after launching behind the final season of Dexter last summer. The series’ other executive producers, including Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff, remain in place.