Earlier this month, it was abruptly announced that Showtime’s Ray Donovan had been canceled. Fans of the show were outraged by the sudden cancellation, especially since the last season had ended on a cliffhanger.
The showrunners and stars of Ray Donovan were also livid because they weren’t aware that they were being canceled before the announcement was made.
In hindsight, it seems like Showtime was hinting at the cancellation in January when a top-level executive said that the show was close to the end, but no one thought that meant immediately.
@SHO_RayDonovan unbelievable. Cant believe you cancelled this show when an 8th series would of finished it anyway. Such a shame. And what a waste of such a talented ensemble of actors
— simon durham (@SimonDurham) February 10, 2020
About a week later Schreiber shared an update on Instagram: “It seems like your voices have been heard. Too soon to say how or when, but with a little luck and your ongoing support, there will be more Ray Donovan.”
Schreiber hasn’t shared any details, but his update made it seem like conversations about an eighth season were happening.
Ray Donovan’s showrunner David Hollander was shocked by the cancellation. In the past, Showtime had pursued the show enthusiastically. There were times when the cast and crew wanted to be done, but Showtime kept renewing the show. So, the abrupt cancellation made absolutely no sense.
Hollander went on to say that the show certainly hadn’t wrapped up story-wise. “We’re still scratching our heads. We had no indicator that the show was ending. We were behaving creatively as though we were in mid-sentence. And so, there was no sense that this was going to be a completion. This was in no way a series finale.”
Even before Schreiber encouraged fans to show their support for the show, Donofans as they call themselves took to social media to express their rage over the cancellation. Fans of any show are upset when they hear about its cancellation, but Donofans’ feelings went way beyond disappointment.
Their big feelings stemmed from the fact that they wouldn’t be getting the finale they had hoped for. Many fans expressed their intentions to cancel their Showtime subscriptions because of Ray Donovan’s cancellation.
Showtime suddenly cancelled Ray Donovan for no reason, and I suddenly cancelled Showtime :). Winning.
— Jeral Kirwan (@DrJeralKirwan) February 17, 2020
There aren’t any details right now about how the show will return. There are rumors that it may come back for a few more episodes or maybe a movie. it doesn’t look like there will be a full eighth season, but fans will get the finale they deserve.
A source close to the show revealed that the cast and crew could be back on set in the fall of 2020.
Very upset to learn @SHO_RayDonovan suddenly cancelled without even proper closure. Not fair to loyal fans. Please reconsider.
— Michael🇺🇲 (@SpkFromHeart) February 14, 2020