*He may have gotten beaten at the behest of his half-brother, and his chest stapled by a huge staple gun, but Pooch Hall’s Daryll in Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” will live to see another season.
If for some reason he doesn’t, at least the show will.
Showtime has renewed the fixer drama for a second season, the network announced Tuesday. The news comes just weeks after “Ray Donovan” became the network’s biggest drama premiere ever after averaging 1.35 million viewers during its initial episode. The debut surpassed the premiere episode of Showtime’s critically acclaimed “Homeland” by 61 percent.
“Ray Donovan is on track to be our biggest season one show ever,” David Nevins, president of entertainment said in a statement. “[Creator] Ann Biderman and the extraordinarily talented creative team, coupled with the brilliant ensemble cast led by Liev Schreiber, have produced one of the hottest new dramas of the year. We are proud and excited to pick up another season.”
Based on the storyline so far, it’s no guarantee that Daryll will survive for season two. He’s the illegitimate son of Mickey Donovan, played by Angelina Jolie’s dad Jon Voight. The Boston-born patriarch is sprung from prison in the season premiere, and his son Ray (Schreiber) is not happy. Ray’s brother Terry (Eddie Marsan) runs the family boxing gym in Los Angeles, while their other brother Bunchy (Dash Mihok) spends his days using drugs and alcohol to battle demons stemming from childhood molestation.
Daryll is eager to please the pops he never knew, and Mickey is taking full advantage, sending his son off on an errand that landed him on that wrong end of the staple gun.
Below, Pooch talks more about his character.
“Ray Donovan” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. Watch a promo for the July 21 episode below.