Showtime’s drama series Ray Donovan starring Liev Schreiber will not be getting a final chapter. The Season 7 finale, which aired on January 19, will now stand as a series finale.
“After seven incredible seasons, Ray Donovan has concluded its run on Showtime,” the network said in a statement. “We are proud that the series ended amid such strong viewership and on such a powerful note. Our deepest thanks go to Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, showrunner David Hollander and the entire cast and crew, past and present, for their dedicated work.”
At TCA last month, Showtime’s Co-President of Entertainment Gary Levine admitted that the fixer drama was “nearing the end of its run. He noted that the network was expected to make a decision on the future of the show “in the next few weeks” but hinted that Ray Donovan may get an eighth and final season. That’s what Showtime just did for another long-running series, Shameless, renewed last month for an 11th and final season. Fellow veteran Showtime drama, Homeland, also headed into its upcoming eighth season knowing ahead of time that it would be its last.
“I think Ray Donovan is nearing the end of its run,” Levine told Deadline on Jan. 13, ahead of the show’s Season 7 finale. “We always talked about seven or eight seasons. Nothing has been decided yet but it’s fair to say it is nearing the end.”
In an ominous sign, Schreiber took to social media following the Jan. 19 Season 7 finale, thanking fans for their love and support and urging them to reach out to Showtime if they want to see an eighth season. “Either way it’s been an amazing ride and we have all of you to thank for it,” he wrote on Jan. 21. (you can see his post under the story.)
A couple of hours after news broke that Ray Donovan has ended, Schreiber saluted the series on Instagram.
Schreiber and showrunner David Hollander had been hoping for another season, and renewal conversations with Showtime went down the wire. The network ultimately decided not to proceed with Season 8 despite the fact that Season 7 ended with a cliffhanger.
Ray Donovan was produced by The Mark Gordon Company, Ann Bidderman Company, Bider Sweet Productions, David Hollander Productions and Showtime Networks.
During its run, Ray Donovan has landed a slew of Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, winning an Emmy for guest star Hank Azaria and a Golden Globe for Jon Voight. Schreiber has been nominated five times for a Golden Globe, three times for an Emmy.
Season 7 saw Donovan (Schreiber) come as close as he’d ever done to things collapsing around him. He had been working to be the man his family needs him to be. While he made progress with Dr. Amiot (Alan Alda), there were dangers from the past that required the Ray Donovan of old. Between NYC Mayor Ed Feratti (Zach Grenier), an unrelenting NYPD officer hunting for the truth and clients old and new, Ray struggled to find the balance between fixing for clients and fixing himself. And when Feratti’s corruption brought a piece of Mickey’s past (Jon Voight) back to New York, Ray was forced to seek answers to long-buried questions.
Despite the cliffhanger, Ray Donovan‘s went full circle in the Season 7 finale, with Ray finally avenging his sister’s murder which kicked off the series in the pilot episode.