Ray Donovan loses showrunner though negotiations are in place for a replacement

by Martin
Ann Biderman has stepped down as 'Ray Donovan' showrunner
Ray Donovan portrayed by Liev Schreiber

Ray Donovan portrayed by Liev Schreiber

‘Ray Donovan’ is fast approaching the end of its second season and while we already know the show will be returning for a third season, though for showrunner Ann Biderman, it’ll be her last as she’s leaving her role.

Biderman is the writer who created the hit Showtime series, and although she’s stepped down from her role, she will return as a creative consultant. Surprisingly, her departure is said to be due to the financial overruns on the series.

At present no new showrunner has been appointed though the network are in negotiations with David Hollander who has been working on ‘Ray Donovan’ as a writer and executive producer.

For now this appears to be the only big change for the Liev Schreiber fronted drama as Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff will remain for its third season as executive producers.

Meanwhile Brett Johnson will return as a writer-producer and as soon as we hear who has been chosen to fill the role of showrunner we’ll let you know.

David Nevins, Showtime’s President released a statement regarding her departure which stated: “Ann Biderman is a uniquely gifted writer and creator.”

“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.”

For Biderman her contract as showrunner was originally only planned for the first two seasons according to Deadline and Nevins wrapped up with: “We look forward to continuing our relationship with her”.

Ann Biderman has stepped down as 'Ray Donovan' showrunner

Ann Biderman has stepped down as ‘Ray Donovan’ showrunner

Filming for the second season of ‘Ray Donovan’ recently came to a close, and it didn’t come as a surprise to anyone when the show was renewed. Ratings wise the show averages 5 million viewers across all platforms.

When the announcement that ‘Ray Donovan’ had been renewed, David Nevins also commented on ‘Masters Of Sex’ which had been renewed at the same time.

Nevins explained “Both ‘Ray Donovan’ and ‘Master of Sex’ are quintessentially Showtime: bold, provocative, premium television with production values at the top of the food chain”.

He added that both shows are filled with “complex” and very interesting characters that will give viewers the chance to invest in both shows for many more seasons to come.

Check out a trailer for ‘Ray Donovan’ below and let us know your comments in the box below, do you think this will make a huge change to the show that we already know and love?