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Ray Donovan Lawsuit

Writer Tells Showtime

I'll Fix You!

2/14/2014 3:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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A writer who claims he concocted the premise for "Ray Donovan" is suing Showtime, alleging he came up with the notion of a middle-aged man who fixes things and kills for cash.

Brian Larsen is suing Showtime, claiming in 2010 he pitched a script to a Showtime exec, who seemed enthusiastic and said she would "pitch like hell" to get it on the air.  But Larsen says he ultimately got blown off.

Cut to 2013, when "Ray Donovan" debuted, and Larsen was pissed.  Here are some of the similarities he's alleging:

--  His script featured a middle-aged fixer who orchestrates killings with a staff of black-market pros
--  He has a storyline of a pro-basketball player in a sex scandal -- the real show did have something similar
-- He has a brother who is always messing up
-- He has a troubled relationship with a Catholic priest
-- He has a moral conflict over killing people and doing the right thing
-- There's an intersection of the fixer's personal life and professional life
-- There's always a moral cliffhanger

Larsen is pissed and wants to STOP the production of "Ray Donovan" in its tracks.  He also wants lots of money.

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BLUE UGLY 💩    

Ray Donovan is a thief

148 days ago
2.

john flynn    

Ya no this describes hell the godfather,and so many other shows that have been retread .SO Judge tell him to hit the road Jack.Or you know lol

148 days ago
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Clyde T.M. Nestra    

If it even gets to trial, it usually isn't difficult for a judge and/or jury to make up their minds on these cases. But it sure ain't easy to get that far. Most cases are tossed early on.

148 days ago
4.

Heidi    

LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!!!!

148 days ago
5.

lesbian rock    

The Equalizer and countless other shows with same premise.

148 days ago
6.

bigfranklittle    

Maybe they can bring him on as a writer kill 2 birds with one stone...... They had about 4 episodes of plot stretched into a whole season

148 days ago
7.

Meh..    

F. Paul Wilson created Repairman Jack back in the early 80s, so who's ripping off whom.

148 days ago

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