"Ray Donovan" really is this decade's "The Sopranos." Not only is it the epic pay-TV saga, it's the violent, sex-filled, family-business, organized-crime saga. It's almost as if Showtime looked around and said "Bring me a crime series with a violent-killer family-business leader, his frustrated wife, their bratty kids, a crotchety patriarch, oh, and some sex. But make it Irish instead of Italian."
It's also great. The third season has taken them off in a completely new direction, with an interwoven storyline but just enough episodic dramatic separation that you never feel as though you're watching a 14-hour movie.
Katie Holmes is an intriguing addition for the third season, as a recurring character, the adult daughter of a guy who hires Ray to solve a problem in the first episode, then keeps coming back up. Can't wait to see where that goes.
That elk hoof? It's a special treat for the dogs because today marks two years since I brought Penny home! She's such a sweet little girl, and she and Carter are best buds.