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Watch: First Full Episode of Showtime's New Series 'Ray Donovan,' Starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 18, 2013 at 12:29PM

Showtime's new original series, "Ray Donovan," debuts on June 30 following the series finale of "Dexter." But the cabler is giving you the option of watching the first episode right now. The show stars Liev Schreiber as a fixer for L.A.'s upper class whose life is thrown into turmoil when his father (Jon Voight) is released from prison.
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Jon Voight and Liev Schreiber in "Ray Donovan"
Jon Voight and Liev Schreiber in "Ray Donovan"

Showtime's new original series, "Ray Donovan," debuts on June 30 following the series finale of "Dexter." But the cabler is giving you the option of watching the first episode right now. The show stars Liev Schreiber as a fixer for L.A.'s upper class whose life is thrown into turmoil when his father (Jon Voight) is released from prison.

"Southland" creator Ann Biderman is behind the new series, with Allen Coulter ("Hollywoodland," "The Sopranos") helming the pilot.

Based on the first episode, does "Ray Donovan" look promising? It didn't fare so well on Entertainment Weekly's Bullseye feature in the June 21 issue ("The only thing professional fixer Ray Donovan should be repairing is his new TV show"); yet the Hollywood Reporter has given it a score of 100 on Metacritic.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.