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Panic Sweeps Through ‘Ray Donovan’ Writers’ Room After Dictionary of Clichés Vanishes

The second season of Showtime’s hit drama series “Ray Donovan” is in jeopardy after panic broke out in the show’s writers’ room following the discovery that the Dictionary of Clichés was missing. According to “Ray Donovan” creator Ann Biderman, since the pilot episode, the show’s writing staff has relied on the Dictionary of Clichés for helping them develop some of the drama’s most popular elements, including a dysfunctional Boston Irish family, Catholic priest child molesters, a former boxer suffering from Parkinson’s, a Whitey Bulger-inspired fugitive character, and an obsessed FBI agent running a rogue investigation.

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“My original pitch for ‘Ray Donovan’ was about a half-Portuguese half-German Presbyterian only child from Minneapolis, but then Showtime gave me the Dictionary of Clichés to help write the pilot,” Biderman told Hollywood & Swine.  “Although I can’t prove it, I strongly suspect the writing staff of ‘Californication’ may have stolen it back to help them with their upcoming season.”

Fortunately for the writers of “Ray Donovan,” before the Dictionary of Clichés disappeared, they wrote enough cliché elements to help them get a jump on crafting new season two elements, including a ruthlessly ambitious Don King-like boxing promoter who wants to steal Ray’s half-brother Darryl; Ray’s son becoming a water boy for a college football team, who then has to avoid a pedophile defensive coordinator, and the very special holiday episode where Ray gets depressed about his life during the holidays, which causes the ghost of his dead sister, Bridget, to show him what the world would be like if he never existed.