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Billions Renewed for Season 4 – April 26, 2018

Bobby Axelrod Will Be Back Next Year

by Joe Otterson | Variety | April 26, 2018

Billions” has been renewed for a fourth season at Showtime, the premium cabler announced Thursday.

In addition, the series will move from its 10 p.m. timeslot to 9 p.m. beginning May 6 to serve as the lead-in for Season 2 of “I’m Dying Up Here.”

The Season 3 premiere of “Billions” on March 25 was its highest-rated ever, up 30% in the key demo and 23% in total viewers from the Season 2 premiere. The series was created and is executive produced by showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The series was also created by Andrew Ross Sorkin.

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Malin Akerman on Working with Damian – April 25, 2018

Malin Akerman Talks to TV Drama’s Anna Carugati About Her Character in Billions

by Anna Carugati | TV Drama.ws | April 25, 2018

Source: Showtime

In a time ripe with women empowerment movements, strong female characters are perhaps more engaging than ever. Akerman stars as one such complex and powerful woman in the hit drama Billions. Set in the world of New York high finance, the show revolves around power politics as U.S. attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and ambitious hedge-fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis) use their wits and influence to outmaneuver each other. Akerman portrays Lara, Axe’s spouse who is anything but a trophy wife and acts as an equal partner in their relationship. Lara rose from humble beginnings to become a billionaire’s wife, and she isn’t afraid to do whatever she needs to do in order to protect her family or get what she wants.

TV DRAMA: What is it like to act with Damian?
AKERMAN: Oh, I love him! He’s a charming Brit; very intelligent. We have so much fun together! He’s a talented actor. I look up to him and his body of work, and he brings so many different nuances that you just have to be present with him and react to whatever he is giving. I’ve learned so much by working with him. I’m so happy that we get along so well because we play husband and wife. He’s a lovely, lovely human being—thank God.

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Billions on Showtime, 3.05: Flaw in the Death Star – April 25, 2018

“Fate, Up Against Your Will”

by JaniaJania | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | April 25, 2018

Source: Showtime

In case you haven’t noticed, I tend to watch stuff with the eyes of one who looks for dark and light and all the gradations in between. Light for the fun and entertaining, dark for the real and true. This episode, “Flaw in the Death Star”, balanced the two quite nicely, never spending too much time in either extreme and provided a fair and balanced view of this world we’ve come to know as Billions.

We find Bobby’s flight plans cut short by The Halls telling him they can’t find anything on the doctor who supplied the juice to spike Ice Juice. Like folks pre-Pasteur who believed in spontaneous generation and not in invisible beings like bacteria and such, Bobby has made a fatal error in not collecting the slide that provided the bugs with which he manipulated the murder of Ice Juice. He’s left some key evidence out in the wild, and in this episode, he finds out if he’s to pay for the oversight of slighting those invisible germs.

Over at Chez Rhoades, the difficulty of knowledge management issues is not to be underestimated. Chuck is up in the middle of the night and wakes up Wendy to say: I know, but, since that knowledge was obtained behind your back, you’re under no obligation to acknowledge that you know that I know. I have to do something with my knowledge, even if you tell me not to, because I can’t not.

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Billions Dining Guide, Season 3 – April 24, 2018

Billions Season Three Dining Guide

by Damianista | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | April 24, 2018

Source: Showtime

It is no secret that one of my favorite things about my favorite show is how it showcases the New York dining scene from hole-in-the-walls to neighborhood gems to Michelin-starred restaurants. And it has been my pleasure to share the information about restaurants appearing on the show first in my weekly recaps and then in a full dining guide by the end of the season for Season 1 and Season 2.

But now that our dining guides are two of the most widely read articles on the blog, and that we constantly get questions about the restaurants on the show, I have decided to take a different route this season. I am kicking off our dining guide today with the restaurants our characters visited in the first two episodes in Season 3 and I am going to update the post as we go. Continue reading Billions Dining Guide, Season 3 – April 24, 2018

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Billions: Super Antiheros – April 24, 2018

The Superhero Show About Finance and the Tale of Two Warring Goliaths

by Rachel Syme | The New Republic | April 24, 2018

Billions reckons with the inflated egos and muddled ethics of Wall Street.

The first season of Billions premiered in January 2016— eight years after the collapse of the subprime mortgage market and eleven months before a self-proclaimed billionaire was elected president. This was the sweet spot, timing wise, for a bombastic prestige drama about the world of money. In 2011, the sharp and enraging documentary Inside Job, which charted the corruption that led to the financial crisis, won an Oscar. In the winter of 2016, The Big Short—a sermonizing, big-budget Hollywood comedy about reckless bankers—was nominated for Best Picture. The mea culpas had been issued, the bad actors identified, and although only one person officially went to jail, the coast looked clear for new stories of Wall Street and wealth.

Of course, in the wake of the crisis, a showrunner could not simply rehash the old Gordon Gekko formula for a modern audience. Slickness was no longer glamorous but gross; very few Americans had an appetite for captains of industry slurping down midday martinis at the Capital Grille. Instead, the three creators of Billions—the longtime writing team of Brian Koppelman and David Levien, along with The New York Times’ financial reporter, Andrew Ross Sorkin—took a populist genre and grafted it onto the honeyed, moneyed lives of the rich and infamous: They made a superhero show about finance.

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