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TV Guide’s 100 Best Shows of 2018 – Sept 10, 2018

TV Guide Ranks Peak TV’s Finest Offerings

by TV Guide Editors | TV Guide | September 10, 2018

Why is TV Guide ranking the 100 best shows right now? Tony Soprano once said, “Those who want respect, give respect.” He also said, “A wrong decision is better than indecision.”

But this list isn’t about Tony Soprano. Or Don Draper. Or Olivia Pope or Mary Richards or Blanche Devereaux. This list is about today’s golden age of television. Peak TV deserves its own spotlight, a ranking of the very best shows that are being created right now, across every platform.

Here’s how we came up with the list: We limited eligibility for the 100 Best Shows Right Now to ongoing shows that have at least one more season slated to air — guidelines that disqualified limited series like Sharp Objects, as well as shows that just ended, like Adventure Time. With that in mind, every staffer nominated 25 shows (for a total of 149), and the most-nominated shows made our shortlist. Then, each staffer voted on the ranking order, and to help adjust for bias, one ballot was based on sister site Metacritic’s TV rankings. With the complicated math out the way, the final rank order was determined after much passionate debate among TV Guide’s editors.

The range of programming showcased below reveals just how many quality TV shows are airing today — and just how subjective the idea of “quality” can be. As you’ll discover, Vanderpump Rules and Chicago Fire are featured side-by-side with prestige dramas like The Handmaid’s Tale and Game of Thrones. A quarter of the list is devoted to shows that have had only one season so far. Some creators and stars work on multiple shows in the ranking, including Ryan Murphy, Samira Wiley, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Noah Hawley, Michael Schur, and many more, but none has Tobias Menzies beat. YouTube Premium series Cobra Kai and Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television made the cut, but The Walking Dead didn’t. Maybe you disagree with us on the ranking, but we’re pretty sure your new favorite show (quiz) is somewhere on this list.

Here are the 100 Best Shows Right Now:

#75 – Billions (Showtime)

How to watch: ShowtimeAmazon Prime with Showtime add-onHulu with Showtime add-on

Billions never stops going for it. It swings for the fences every time. Every performance is excessive, every twist is game-changing, every line of dialogue sounds like it was written by someone who laughed out loud after they wrote it. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that makes it more fun to watch than any other expensive, A-list cable drama. – Liam Mathews

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Damian Attends U.S. Open, Day 4 – Aug 30, 2018

From the West Coast to the East Coast

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | August 30, 2018

Photo by: Elsa/Getty Images

Our Englishman is back on the East Coast from filming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in Los Angeles! He, along with Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and Bee Shaffer (daughter of Wintour), attended the match of Roger Federer of Switzerland and sat in Federer’s players box at Arthur Ashe Stadium on day four of the U.S. Open.

The tournament was held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Complex, Thursday, August 30, 2018 in the Flushing Meadows neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

Here is the order of play:

Arthur Ashe Stadium

Day Session 

Johanna Larsson vs Angelique Kerber
Roger Federer vs Benoit Paire

Night Session 

Novak Djokovic vs Tennys Sandgren
Maria Sharapova vs Sorana Cirstea

Perhaps Damian is also in attendance to lend support to Maria Sharapova, who helped Bobby Axelrod work on his backhand shot in Billions season 3, episode 10 here.

Before the tournament began Damian hit the Blue Carpet for a fun interview by playing a match game – tennis player version. He was asked which Shakespearean character does Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Venice Williams and Rafael Nadal most closely align with. Find out his answers below and for the full video click here.

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Billions Season 4 Table Read – Aug 27, 2018

Back to Billions

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | August 27, 2018

Billions is back! The first table read of season four was held Monday, August 27, 2018. According to co-creater Brian Koppelman’s tweet, he and fellow co-creator David Levien, as well as much of the entire cast read aloud the teleplay for episode 401.

Actor Kelly AuCoin who plays “Dollar Bill” Stearn shared a sneak peek with us fans:

Source: Twitter @KellyAuCoin77

And actor David Costabile who plays “Wags” shared a photo of the kind of cake only billionaires would eat by stating:

“You’re damn right we eat cake with money on it on the first day back for Season 4 of Billions, motherfuckers!!!!!!”

Source: Instagram @david_costabile

Stay tuned as we bring you the latest developments!

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Billions Adds New Character to Season 4 – Aug 27, 2018

A New COO for TM Capital

by Rick Porter | The Hollywood Reporter | August 27, 2018

Taylor Mason Capital is getting some reinforcement in the fourth season of Showtime’s Billions.

Samantha Mathis (The Strain) has joined the series for a season-long arc. She’ll play Sara Hammon, the new COO of Taylor Mason Capital. She’s brought on board by Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon) to help run the newly formed company and protect it — and Taylor — from Axe’s (Damian Lewis) aggression.

Taylor likely has good reason to be concerned, as the third-season finale saw the character leaving Axe Capital to start a new firm — with a few billion dollars in capital Axe thought was headed his way.

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Fifty Billion Shades of Gray – Aug 24, 2018

Billions: Integrating Mental Health, Finance, Silicon Valley Industries and Law and Order, with a Little Yonkers-Secret-Recipe-Pizza

by Anna Kornbluh | Los Angeles Review of Books | August 24, 2018

Ten years ago, the collapse of Lehman Brothers triggered the global financial crisis of 2008. Democrats were eight years in power, and their failure to prosecute the corporate criminals behind the crisis surely ranks as their biggest legacy. That failure was the condition of possibility for the anti-elite narrative that inspired the white working class and the white upper class to support a genuinely fascist insurgency before and beyond November 2016. It was also the condition of possibility for Billions.

Across its three seasons on Showtime, Billions explores the aftermath of Lehman’s and Obama’s 2008 peaks, tracking the waning and waxing faculty of elite professionals to steer their careers and helm the most powerful country in the world. The show is built around an extended parallel between outer-borough upstart Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis), principal of the wildly fruitful hedge fund Axe Capital, and Manhattan WASP Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), US Attorney for the New York Southern District and hero of a counterfactual recent past in which 81 bankers and traders were successfully prosecuted for their outlaw engineering of toxic asset slides. Rhoades fancies himself a just warrior, fighting against “[these] Teflon corporations that defraud the American people on a grand scale.” As the series opens he levels his gaze at Axe, the Moby-Dick of parkour finance.

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