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From The Trader’s Desk: Recapping S3E12 ‘Elmsley Count’ – June 15, 2018

Where Does Your Loyalty Lie?

by Lady Trader | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis

Source: Showtime

Is this it? Can this really be the last “From the Trader’s Desk” for this season? Sadly, the answer is yes. I have enjoyed writing about Billions from the “Wall Street” side of the things, and hope you’ve enjoyed my posts as well. I also hope I helped with the “fin-speak” and in understanding the world of finance. On a personal note: I didn’t know if I would be able to contribute to FanFun when Billions started in March, after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma last summer. But, not only did I contribute almost every week, I feel I have done some of my best writing. Thank you Damianista, and everyone who reads our blog for helping me get back to normal!

Instead of a basic recap, I’ll look at the two relationships that were the backbone (from the financial side anyway) of this episode: Axe-Taylor and Taylor-Wendy. I know there was a flurry of “fin-speak” at the Spartan-Ives Capital Introduction Event at CitiField (my second home on many Saturdays!), but I won’t go into details about it. I don’t think they were relevant to the overall episode (as opposed to other times when it was the meat of the story). I have updated the Billions:Glossary with all the definitions, and as always, if there is something you’d like me to explain or give examples of, please let me know.

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What the Rest of TV Can Learn from Billions – July 14, 2018

The Showtime Drama is Built for Speed – and All the Better For It

by Alan Speinwall | RollingStone | June 14, 2018

Source: Showtime

The midpoint of Billions Season 3 featured a huge moment for the series to date: the Showtime drama’s arch-rivals, U.S. attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and hedge fund mogul Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis), facing each other across a dining room table and, with the help of Chuck’s wife/Axe’s therapist Wendy (Maggie Siff), acknowledging that they needed to join forces against a common enemy.

In today’s ultra-serialized drama landscape, it’s the kind of scene that almost any other show would have saved for the very end of its season finale, or the penultimate episode at the latest. Billions actually repeated this dynamic in its own finale, which we’ll get back to, but that it happened as early as Episode 6 was striking. Too many other shows that consider each season “a 13-hour movie” would have built the whole thing around that meeting, throwing complication after complication at Chuck, Wendy and Axe so that it would happen as close to the end of the year as possible, and that sense of wheel-spinning would have been palpable.

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Billions on Showtime 3.12: Elmsley Count – June 14, 2018

“Young lungs, so yeah.”

by JaniaJania | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | June 14, 2018

Source: Showtime

It’s cap raise time for Axe Cap and everyone gets more than they bargained for in Billons Season 3, Episode 12, “Elmsley Count”. The season finale promises to be a doozy with so many threads to tie up.

Taylor is arriving late to the event. Before the uber gets there, they have a sit-down with Andolov, who in all his gross creepy generosity concedes that he would, then asks them to prognosticate on what newly minted Taylor Mason Cap can do for him.

At the cap raise, Axe fluffs up the allocators, then has Taylor deliver the money shot. They promise to take care of the money transparently.

All the mysteries revealed.

Axe takes his people to see The Hold Steady at the Hammerstein Ballroom and delivers chaste kisses of celebration to Wags and Wendy.

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The Best TV Shows of 2018 (So Far) – June 13, 2018

Top 30 TV Shows: Billions Ranks Number 10

by Staff | Complex | June 13, 2018

#10
Network: Showtime
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

After a widely-loved second season, it felt like the one show everyone thought was underrated was Showtime’s Billions. With season two delivering a masterclass in fucking people over for its finale, this latest season had big shoes to fill; the finale might not have had much of an oomph, but that doesn’t negate an excellent third season. One of the beautiful things about Billions this year is that it decided to highlight what happens when these power-hungry hedge fund investors affect the world around them. With the way of the world today, it’s a piece that can, at times, feel all too real that wasn’t necessarily examined in prior seasons and ends up making this series a vital must-watch. —khal

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Damian to Guest Appear on Late Late Show Next Week – June 13, 2018

Late Late Show Returns to London June 18-21

by Gingersnap | CBS.com | June 13, 2018

Set your reminders, DVR’s and alert the press! Damian will be on the Late Late Show, London, on Wednesday, June 20. This is all part of #LateLateLondon, The Late Late Show with James Corden‘s special week in England.

Paul McCartneyJ.J. Abrams, Ruth Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Niall Horan and Foo Fighters will also make special appearances.

The week-long event also includes a brand new sketch with Chris Pratt, “Crosswalk the Musical” with famed musical theater composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, “Spill Your Guts” with Cher, “Take a Break” with James getting a job at The Savoy, and members of the England Football Team will join James for a hilairous sketch to celebrate the start of the World Cup.

The Beatles’ and Wings’ Paul McCartney is joining James Corden for the most-historic Carpool Karaoke yet. We get to see the legendary musician’s hometown of Liverpool through his eyes. Plus, James and Paul will sing his hits, have an exclusive sing-along to brand new material, and surprise unsuspecting locals.

Here is the guest schedule:

*Monday, June 18
Broadcast from London featuring guests Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, talk and musical performance by Niall Horan, plus “Crosswalk the Musical” with Andrew Lloyd Webber

*Tuesday, June 19
Broadcast from London featuring guests Cher, J.J. Abrams and a sketch featuring members of the England Football Team

*Wednesday, June 20
Broadcast from London featuring guests Damian Lewis, Ruth Wilson and a sketch with Chris Pratt

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