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Spy Wars Heading To Showtime’s Smithsonian Channel – May 20, 2019

 Showtime and Smithsonian Institute on the Brink of Closing a Deal For Spy Wars

by Peter White | Deadline | May 20, 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Damian Lewis’ spy documentary series is heading to the Smithsonian Channel. The network, which is a joint venture between CBS Corporation’s Showtime and the Smithsonian Institute, is on the brink of closing a deal for Damian Lewis: Spy Wars (w/t).

Deadline understands that top brass are keen to keep the British actor’s latest project in the CBS Corp family. It comes after Lewis’ Billions was renewed by Showtime for a fifth season following strong numbers for the financial thriller.

The series, which is the Homeland star’s first foray into factual television, is an eight-part documentary series about spies that was originally commission by A+E Networks’ UK network History. The docu-drama will tell the true stories behind some of the most important international spy operations of the last forty years.

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Billions: The Relentless Pursuit of Power, With Wit – May 19, 2019

No Game of Thrones or Veep? Here’s What to Watch Next

by Zack Stanton | Politico Magazine | May 19, 2019

Americans hate politics, right? The disingenuousness, the backstabbing, the sycophancy, the preening and posturing, the empowered elite, the way wealth buys influence, its dynastic nature, the sense that good people get torn apart, the way it feels disconnected from the concerns of the people.

But we love to watch all that on TV.

When Game of Thrones airs its final episode Sunday, it will end the last watercooler show on television—it was ubiquitous, inescapable and era-defining. And it also marks the end of an astonishing run of political TV. For all the medieval froofery and baroque violence, GoT was fundamentally a political drama—a show built around the quest for power, the conflict between idealism and pragmatism, and the uncomfortably blurred lines between hero and villain when it comes to exercising real power.

Its counterpart on the comedy side was Veep, the sitcom that ended last week, known for its acidic, rapid dialogue, venal characters and inside-Washington jokes. For all its slapstick, people who work in politics tend to see it as cutting painfully close to reality, far more so than high-toned power dramas such as The West Wing or House of Cards.

Monday morning, political obsessives will wake up bereft of both shows, with no destination for the next gut-wrenching turns of the wheel of power, nothing to click on for crisp mockery of their day jobs. So what to watch next?

Here’s POLITICO’s guide to filling that hole, with shows new and old:

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Billions: For Your Consideration Event – May 17, 2019

Gearing Up For The Emmys

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 17, 2019

Showtime invites Television Academy National Active members and a guest to a special For Your Consideration (FYC) event at The Paley Center for Media in New York on Monday, June 3, 2019 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. EST.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with an advanced screening of the season four finale ‘Extreme Sandbox’ beginning at 7:30 p.m. Following the screening will be a panel discussion moderated by Jake Tapper. Panelists currently listed to appear, but subject to change are, lead actors Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti, supporting actors Maggie Siff and Asia Kate Dillon, and co-creators/producers/writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien.

Only Television Academy National Active Members with valid membership cards and their guests will be admitted. Seating is subject to availability as first-come, first-served. Admittance is not guaranteed. This event will have a stand-by line.

The Television Academy’s Emmy Awards will air live on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 8:00 EST on Fox.

Source: Emmys.com

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From the Trader’s Desk: Billions S4E9 American Champion – May 17, 2019

Office Romance ,101

by Lady Trader | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | May 17, 2019

Some people say my love cannot be true
Please believe my love, and I’ll show you
I will give you those things you thought unreal
The sun, the moon, the stars all bear my seal
N.I.B – Black Sabbath

Welcome to the Trader’s Desk, where a refreshed and relaxed Lady Trader is ready to dive in to “American Champion.”

This week, Billions almost seemed like an episode of the Love Boat, in that we had stories about couples. Let’s look at some of these (surprising) pairings:

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Sky Customers Can Watch Billions Season One for Free – May 15, 2019

Sky Customers Get Free Box Sets for Bank Holiday

by Carrie-Ann Skinner | Good Housekeeping | May 15, 2019

Love binging on box sets? If you’re a Sky customer who doesn’t already pay for Box Sets or the Ultimate on Demand package (that gives you box sets and a Netflix subscription) you’re in luck. The TV service is giving customers the chance to watch the first season of more than 30 of it’s most popular box sets completely free.

From 24 May, just head to the On Demand section from the main menu on your Sky Q set-top box or app, or the Box Sets section if you’re using a Sky+ set-top box and you’ll be able to access Billions season one for free!

You’ll only have two weeks to watch the box sets though – from 24 May (the start of the bank holiday weekend) to 9 June – so it’s the perfect excuse to decamp to the sofa and start your TV marathon.

Read the rest of the original article at Good Housekeeping