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Billions: Brian Koppelman and David Levien on Money, Power, and American Gods – March 15, 2019

The Privileges of Gods and Kings

by Sean T. Collins | New York Times | March 15, 2019

From Wall Street to Washington, the world of “Billions” is a world at war. According to David Levien, one of the creators and showrunners for the series, that’s by design.

“If you look at kings and Caesars and emperors throughout history and literature, there’s not a lot of guys who sat through a very peaceful, enjoyable reign,” he said. “Gods and kings: That’s what these people think they are.”

“They need people to battle against,” added Brian Koppelman, who is also a creator and showrunner for the show. (Andrew Ross Sorkin, a New York Times financial columnist, is the third creator.)

As “Billions” returns to Showtime on Sunday for Season 4, its two central combatants face a remade version of that world, newly allied with enemies to spare. The hedge fund billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) is primed for vengeance against his former protégé Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon). Meanwhile, the former United States attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) must contend with investigations into his past conduct by the Trump era attorney general Jock Jeffcoat (Clancy Brown).

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Categories Billions Guest Appearances

CBS This Morning – March 15, 2019

Good Morning with Damian!

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 15, 2019

According to Broadway World (and my local television guide), Damian is scheduled to guest appear on CBS This Morning on Thursday, March 21, 2019 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Eastern time. Check your local listing to be sure and set those DVRs, unless you’re lucky enough to watch live! 🙂

Source: Broadway World

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Maggie Siff on How Billions Adapted to the #MeToo and Time’s Up Era – March 14, 2019

Billions: Evolution of the Hit Drama

by Evan Real | Hollywood Reporter | March 14, 2019

The Showtime star opens up to The Hollywood Reporter about the evolution of the hit drama, noting that the writers room is “very tuned in to” today’s social climate.

It was a different time when Billions first premiered on Showtime in January of 2016. Donald Trump wasn’t president, and “toxic masculinity” wasn’t as much of a catch phrase as it is now. But more than three years and four seasons later, society’s surge of feminism in the #MeToo and Time’s Up era has also penetrated the writers room of the hit drama.

In a recent In Studio interview with The Hollywood Reporter, star Maggie Siff — who plays self-possessed psychiatrist Wendy Rhoades on Billions — explained how the series has adapted to the current social climate.

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VIDEO: The Philosophy of Billions – March 14, 2019

Billions in 17:47 Minutes

by Wisecrack | March 14, 2019

Thanks to Billions on Showtime for sponsoring this episode! And don’t miss the new season, beginning Sunday, March 17th.

 

Categories Billions Print Media Review

Billions Review: Better Than Ever – March 14, 2019

“Billions has a habit of inverting ‘right’ and ‘wrong,’ then leaving us — the viewer — to figure out how we got suckered by all these pirates in the first place.”

by Verne Gay | Newsday | March 14, 2019

SERIES “Billions”

WHEN | WHERE Season 4 premiere Sunday at 9 p.m. on Showtime

WHAT IT’S ABOUT In the fourth season — the first four episodes were available for review — former antagonists Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and hedge fund pirate Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) have joined forces — each needing something from the other. This isn’t just about money, but about payback. For “Axe,” that would be Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon), off now running a rival firm, and Russian oligarch Grigor Andolov (John Malkovich). For Chuck, that would be an array of targets, beginning with the feckless attorney general who dumped him last season, Jock Jeffcoat (Clancy Brown), and his replacement as U.S. attorney for the Southern District, Bryan Connerty (Toby Leonard Moore). As usual, Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff) has to carefully navigate her way among the egos.

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