Sunday, 10 p.m.
Lots of crime shows have been set in L.A. and Boston. "Ray Donovan" is more Boston meets L.A. Donovan, originally from Southie, is a fixer, helping the rich and famous escape sticky situations on the other coast. Liev Schreiber plays Donovan as the quiet, strong type. But while he's not exactly chatty, he does utter some great lines: "I'm not the kind of guy you fire." The show revolves around the Donovan family: patriarch Mickey (Jon Voight), who recently got out of prison; and Ray's two brothers, one who runs a boxing club and the other who is the victim of a sexual assault by a priest. Ray also has a wife and two kids, and things aren't exactly going well at home. In an extremely strong cast, which also includes Elliott Gould, Voight and Eddie Marsan (Ray's brother Terry) give Emmy-worthy performances. It's early in season one, so the success of this show still depends on continued character development and storyline resolutions, but so far Schreiber doesn't have to worry about getting fired.
- TIM COTTER