Showtime opted to cancel Ray Donovan after 7 seasons, leaving fans reeling. However, not all is lost just yet, as both star Liev Schrieber and showrunner David Hollander have weighed in following the cancellation to offer hope that season 8, or some sort of continuation, could still happen. But, as is often the case with these things, fans will need to speak up and let the brass know this is something they want.
Liev Schrieber, who stars as the main character on the long-running drama series, took to Instagram to respond to the recent news. Given the outpouring of support, it seems that got the attention of some of the powers that be. While playing it coy, Schrieber hinted that, if things continue down this path, Ray Donovan will return. Here's what he had to say.
"It's hard to describe how amazing it feels to those of us in the Ray Donovan family who have been lucky enough to experience the overwhelming love and support that all of you have expressed for our show since the news broke that Ray would not return. What's even more incredible is that it seems your voices have been heard. Too early to say where or when, but with a little luck and your ongoing support, there will be more Ray Donovan. So to all the Donofans who got their bats out and beat the odds. Thank you."
Even though Showtime played host to the first seven seasons of the series, the show could possibly find another suitor, as we've seen happen several times in the past. Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mindy Project and Lucifer all found new homes after being axed. Who's to say the same couldn't happen to Ray Donovan? In a separate interview, David Hollander addressed a possible continuation, saying the following.
"I never know. This is a big show. To be fair to our bosses, Ray Donovan, for the Showtime model, was a very expensive show. We were going into our eighth season with salaries and all the step-ups for union. And the move to New York was extraordinarily expensive, so there's that. Is there an audience that wants to see this, that will create a demand cycle where someone will absorb the risk? I would never say never. It is much easier to do in the now. The sets are still standing. The people are still contracted. The mechanisms are in place. Once we tear down the sets and put the costumes away... it's a lot of actors who are in demand."
For fans, this should serve as good news. Season 7 ended on something of a cliffhanger and left several questions hanging in the balance. Ray Donovan season 8, or perhaps even a wrap-up movie or something along those lines, could provide much-needed closure. That is, assuming all of the outcry on social media gets the attention of the right people.
Ray Donovan debuted on Showtime in 2013. To date, 82 episodes have aired and the show has found a great deal of critical acclaim, including several Emmy and Golden Globe awards. This news was previously reported by CinemaBlend.