What’s going on…??
Premiere Date: January 31, 2016
Written by Willie Reale
Directed by Scott Hornbacher
What’s going on…??
more praises for the new and already renewed Showtime series…
SHOWTIME has a hit in its new series “Billions.” After only airing two episodes of a twelve episode season the show has already been renewed for another season. This is all as it should be since “Billions” has a first rate cast, a twisting and twisted plot, and production values that are comparable to well done movies.
The show focuses on a war of wills between an aggressive U.S. Attorney (Paul Giamatti) and a hedge fund giant (Damian Lewis). These two men, Chuck Rhoades and Bobby “Axe” Axlerod, play for high stakes with the winner taking all. Neither man is willing to give an inch and all bets are off as to who will be standing when all the dust clears.
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The premium cable network has renewed its financial drama Billions for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Factoring in three days of delayed viewing, Billions premiered this month to 6.5 million across multiple platforms, up 7 percent from Ray Donovan in 2013.
Starring Homeland veteran Damian Lewis and Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti, the hourlong entry is set in the Manhattan world of high finance and tells a contemporary tale of power politics.
Billions is written and executive produced by Rounders’ Brian Koppelman and David Levien along with The New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin, who famously chronicled the most recent financial crisis in his tome Too Big to Fail. (Given the dramatic nature of the crash, the latter was adapted into a critically acclaimed telepic starring Giamatti as Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke by HBO.)
The speedy renewal for Billions (only two episodes have aired thus far) comes as Showtime is poised to shift its rollout strategy for originals. Showtime CEO David Nevins told reporters this month at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour that he wants to begin staggering original series premieres from two by two to once a month. That strategy kicked off this month with Billions and Shameless, with the latter also renewed.
Axelrod Hall will not be named Axelrod Hall forever. Even Bobby Axelrod understands that. His name will be there, he says, “until some guy richer than me wants it to come down.”
But Bobby is wrong about why his name won’t stay on the building: He thinks that tomorrow’s hedge-fund hotshot will muscle him out, just as he showed the door to the idle heirs to a dwindling fortune, but good old-fashioned hubris will be his undoing. Axelrod Hall will most likely become the next Enron Field, a short-lived vanity plate for an empire built on get-rich-quick chicanery. And just as the naming rights to Enron Field were shifted to the terra firma of an established orange juice giant, Minute Maid, after two short years, Bobby is too arrogant to realize that Axe Capital, with its astounding gains (up 32 percent year to date!), will inevitably sink into the same quicksand.
For now, though, his triumph is an absolute blast to witness, akin to the scrappy band of misfits pranking the rich kids from across the lake in some ’80s summer-camp comedy. First, he sees through the pontification of the hall’s snooty administrator, who blathers on about the philanthropic purpose of wealth. (“Now give me the Gettysburg Address,” Axelrod sneers.) Then later, in a deliciously written scene, Bobby strolls into the boardroom in a Metallica T-shirt — the very picture of bridge-and-tunnel vulgarity — and proceeds to tell the hall’s former benefactors why they’ll be getting $16 million less for forfeiting the family name than the previously agreed-upon $25 million. It turns out getting the naming rights to a performance arts center wasn’t just a way to etch the Axelrod name into the firmament — it’s also an act of revenge.