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The 10 Best Musical TV Moments of 2018 – Dec 13, 2018

Bobby’s Bubbling Water

by Sean T. Collins | Vulture | December 13, 2018

Don’t cry, don’t raise your eye, it’s only the best music cues of the year. And as in past years, there’s an embarrassment of riches to choose from. Certainly, the sounds of the ’80s remain television’s staple crop when it comes to using preexisting pop and rock songs to complement, comment on, and enhance the action onscreen: Pose, Narcos: Mexico, The Americans, and The Assassination of Gianni Versace feature almost nothing but. Yet the approaches they take are as varied as their styles and subject matter, and when you factor in other eras and genres, the soundscape opens up tremendously. There’s more to a good music cue than syncing a great song to an important scene: Ideally, the song can put into words and music what the characters, and the world surrounding them, can’t quite express themselves. That’s what music does for all of us, after all — why should fictional characters be any different? Here are the ten best moments from a year of TV music that belong on everyone’s playlist.

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The 20 Best TV Series of 2018 – Dec 12, 2018

Billions: An Insider Understanding

by Noel Murray | The Verge | December 12, 2018

One of the more underrated perks of the “peak TV” era is that because there’s so much worth watching, no two television devotees will forge the same path through the mountains of programming. Below is a list of 20 outstanding series and miniseries that aired in 2018. These are well-crafted and entertaining shows, highly recommended and worthy of just about anyone’s time. Some of the names will be familiar; some may be surprising. Taken as a whole, this list is intended to present just one way of looking at what makes TV great. But that perspective is, inevitably, limited.

So what qualified a show for this list? They were all chosen for their originality, for the unusual way they approach story structure or visual design, or for the unique way they engage with today’s politics and pressures. Too much of what gets called “prestige” television is dark and dour, but for the most part, these shows are colorful and often funny — a genuine pleasure to watch. This is a lively and eclectic bunch, ranging from the sedate English countryside to the furthest reaches of time and space.

BILLIONS

Given the length of TV production cycles, 2018 was really the first year that writers and producers could start making observations about life under the Trump administration, beyond just telling a few passing jokes. The high-octane political / financial thriller Billions offered two of the more intriguing takes, reflecting the series’ main characters: US Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and hedge-fund manager Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis). Both men see their fortunes change in Billions’ wildly entertaining third season, thanks in large part to the government’s new indifference to wealthy folks who ignore regulations. The fun of this show comes from its insider understanding of how our world works, and in its sympathy even for greedy jerks who abuse their power… mainly out of fear that if they don’t, someone stronger will seize it.

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The Biggest Questions for Showtime’s ‘Billions’ Heading Into Season 4 – Dec 11, 2018

Axe’s Fury – Axe’s Gauntlet

by Eric Schaal | Cheat Sheet | December 11, 2018

In some ways, the ending to Season three of Showtime’s Billions was unthinkable. How could Chuck Rhoades, the U.S. attorney who entire existence seems based on the power of his office, proceed without a job? Yet shortly after his downfall, we find him sipping wine with his wife and former arch-nemesis Bobby Axelrod.

Rhoades, played by Paul Giamatti, seems awfully comfortable sharing a bottle with Axe at his table. The same can be said of Axelrod, played by Damian Lewis. After his hedge fund’s star employee launched a rival operation, Axe needed to regroup.

This setup leaves open so many possibilities for the show’s Season four, which arrives in 2019 with at least one new cast member.  The Hollywood Reported revealed Samantha Mathis is joining the cast of the show for Season four. Mathis will play the chief operating officer (COO) of the recently formed Taylor Mason Capital.

Here are the biggest questions for the show and its characters ahead of the upcoming season:

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The Best Shows of 2018 – Oct 1, 2018

How Billions Ranks Out of the Top 46 Television Shows

by John Sellers | The Thrillist | October 1, 2018

With more than 500 scripted series set to air in 2018, finding the TV shows that will change your life — or at least your weekend — is harder than ever. That’s where this ranking comes in. Just like we do with movies and music and more, this constantly updated compendium will point you to all the best TV shows released this year so you’ll always have something to watch. To see what shows made the cut, and to see a photo of Zach Galifianakis getting stomped on by a baby goat, read on.

Note: Before you yell at me for leaving out Vanderpump Rules, please note that I’m assessing only episodic scripted programs here — so none of the excellent reality shows (like Queer Eye), docuseries (e.g., Wild Wild Country), or talk shows (The Break with Michelle Wolf) that have aired this year. Also, to qualify, a show has to have begun a new season or made its US debut during calendar year 2018. Either way, keep checking back, because I’ll be updating and re-ranking this puppy frequently.

#6 Billions (Showtime)

Season 3, 12 episodes
The only thing that would make this Showtime drama any more like Face/Off, the beloved 1997 action movie starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, is if Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis switched faces. The glee with which they fuck with each other, sans face-swap, is at the same level of intensity, and it’s just as much fun to watch

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Billions Season 3 Out On DVD – Sept 25, 2018

Own Billion$

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 25, 2018

Billions season three has been released today on DVD! Available at Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon, Best Buy or your local store. Overview: This drama reveals the lives and machinations of powerful players in high finance. Set in New York, a wealthy hedge fund manager uses all of his cunning to engineer profitable trades. Such ambition naturally leads to corruption, and a U.S. attorney pursues a case against the manager. Unexpected tips and revealed secrets swing their fortunes back and forth. These two strong personalities drive the action in each episode as the love of money crosses legal boundaries.