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Billions Season 3: TV Review – March 24, 2018

“TV’s Most Successful Penis-Free Depiction of Non-Stop Penis-Measuring”

by Daniel Feinberg | Hollywood Reporter | March 24, 2018

Source: Showtime – Photo by Jeff Neumann

Showtime’s wonderfully acted, frequently repetitive game of Manhattan cat-and-mouse doesn’t take another qualitative leap in its third season, but the drama remains high.

Skippable pre-credit filler on many shows, the “Previously on…” recap montage is mandatory viewing for Showtime’s Billions. While your typical series might use that clip package just to remind you of the previous episode’s cliffhanger, Billions typically jumps around for refreshers on a dozen minor characters, some unseen for 10 episodes or more. Yes, if you have a Marilu Henner memory, it’s a guaranteed spoiler for which long-buried plot points are returning, but if you’re a more normal viewer it’s practically the only way to resituate yourself in a narrative that remains deliciously twisted but weirdly forgettable.

That gets to the root of my general problem with Billions, returning for its third season on Sunday (March 25) night. Despite an ensemble cast that ranks among the best on TV playing characters who are usually colorful and quirky and fun, the ponderous repetitiveness of what the series does with them is all-too-frequently mechanical.

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Video: Most Trumpian Show on TV – Damian Lewis & Paul Giamatti on Billions – March 23, 2018

HFPA Interview – Billions 

by Luca Celada | The Golden Globes | March 23, 2018

Billionaire investor Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and US Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) lock horns again in Billions. Season 3 of Showtime’s Wall Street drama sees Bobby indicted for malfeasance and Rhoades tasting victory. But as Lewis told the HFPA, appearances can deceive, and Paul Giamatti promises a dramatic final twist at the end of the season. Both actors told us how events have dramatically caught up with a show which was inspired by the macho antics of the financial world, but which has been given new meaning by a billionaire President who has seemingly managed to surpass the hubris of even the most brazen Wall Street honcho.\

Source: Golden Globes

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The Billionaires’ Club – March 23, 2018

Rich Pickings: Is this Show the New Dallas? Why Billions is a Fascinating Watch

by Dominic Corry | Weekend Herald | March 23, 2018

Boiling tensions, billionaires and low morals – it all makes Billions a must watch TV show. That and the seller cast, who include Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti.

Pity the 1 per cent. The world is a tough place for the richest of the rich right now. With economic inequality and corporate malfeasance on the rise – not to mention a certain self-proclaimed rich guy currently nudging the Western world off a cliff – there is more public emnity for billionaires than ever before. Yet we cannot look away.

Which is part of why Billions is such a fascinating watch. It charts the high-stakes game of brinksmanship between hot-shot billionaire hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and US Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), whose all-consuming passion is to put Axelrod in jail.

There are extreme contradictions in both men: Rhoades is driven by a crusading sense of justice, but is more than willing to bend the rules if it means seeing Axelrod behind bars – and at the end of last season showed he was prepared to suffer great personal loss in his pursuit of that goal.

Axelrod, on the other hand, is a ruthless businessman who came from humble beginnings. He will happily destroy multiple lives with a single trade, yet often displays flashes of considerable humanity.

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What Billions Does Better Than Anybody Else – March 23, 2018

What Sets Billions Apart from a Lesser Show: The Performances & Characters

by Wenlei Ma | NT News | March 23, 2018

IF YOU’VE seen Wall Street or The Wolf of Wall Street, then you know the world of New York high finance is full of bros forever engaged in some kind of pissing contest.

And Billions certainly has its share of that though, happily, that’s not all it is.

The bigger the bank balance, the bigger the ego and hubris — like one character who says he’s under more pressure than Kennedy was during the Cuban missile crisis, and means it.

The toxic war between Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis), a crazy smart, successful and scrappy banker, and Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), a politically ambitious prosecutor not above his own Machiavellian schemes, provides the impetus for the show, back for its third season this weekend on Stan.

Billions’ arc usually goes something like this: Chuck goes after Axe but is thwarted by the rich man’s strategic foresight and conniving plan. Axe hits back at Chuck and overreaches, exposing himself to unnecessary risk. Billions has spent most of its first two seasons letting Chuck chase Axe, no fruit in sight, until the finale, when he finally manages to catch him.

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Billions Bot: Your Own Personal Portfolio on Facebook Messenger – March 23, 2018

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by Gingersnap | | March 23, 2018

Today, Billions announced the interactive Billions Bot, a personal portfolio on your Facebook Messenger.  Simply log into, answer a couple of questions: 1) are you about justice or money and 2) pick a team – #TeamAxe or #TeamChuck and voila, you’re onboard with your own personal portfolio. The portfolio showcases content in six separate categories as you swipe through deciding where to invest your time. Here are the six:

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