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Pre-Order Billions Season 3 Now – Aug 3, 2018

Insider Tip

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | August 3, 2018

You can now pre-order Billions season 3 and all season 3 episodes will be available for streaming on iTunes 8/13/18.

Synopsis: The war between hedge fund king Bobby ‘Axe’ Axelrod and ruthless U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades has gone nuclear and the fallout could be devastating. They’ve crossed too many lines, broken too many laws and ruined too many lives. Now, for both men – and everyone around them – self-preservation is the name of the game. With everything on the line, they’ll do anything to save themselves. But when loyalty is bought and sold, who can you trust?

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Television’s Bad New World – July 23, 2018

The Characters We Just Can’t Hate

by Scott Ellis | The Sydney Morning Herald | July 23, 2018

Not too long ago, things were simple. The forces of good on our screens stood tall, always did the right thing and battled the forces of evil wherever they found them. But then everything started to change. Just like in the real world, the criminals were sometimes shown to be ordinary people who simply made a bad decision, someone who found themselves breaking the law just to get by or someone pushed too far.

And the cops … well let’s just say they weren’t always who you’d want to call when trouble started.
It’s given us a crime genre rich in shades of grey, where anyone could be the hero and anyone the villain and a world where telling one from the other can be almost impossible. When the criminals are as cool as these, the line between what’s right and wrong becomes beautifully blurred.

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The story: In the world of ultra-high finance, the sharks who make fortunes have to be focused, relentless and thanks to the work of US attorneys like Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) squeaky clean in everything they do. Making money isn’t a crime, as long as they obey the law, but some just can’t resist the temptation to bend those laws and make a lot more.

Who’s the “good” baddie?: Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis), an ambitious fund manager who built his career from a working class beginning, survived the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and pays the children’s school fees of his colleagues who died that day. He’s talented, handsome and charming but also a white-collar criminal pulling in millions of dollars each year through insider trading and exploiting legal loopholes. Does that make him as bad as the murderers who walk free while Rhoades spends his time chasing a paper trail? That’s exactly the question Bobby wants everyone to ask themselves.

Read the rest of the original article at The Sydney Morning Herald 

 

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PODCAST & TRANSCRIPT: Billions Co-Creator Brian Koppelman Says Everyone Knows How to Tell a Great Story But Few Get the Chance – July 19, 2018

Koppelman Calls the Hit Showtime Series His “Dream Show” and an “Absurd Privilege”

by Eric Johnson | Recode | July 19, 2018

Source: Showtime

On the latest episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka, filmmaker and writer Brian Koppelman talks with Kafka about co-creating the hit Showtime series “Billions.” He talks about his writing process, the show’s intense commitment to detail — including its frequent visits to real-life New York restaurants — and whether he thinks the viewers of “Billions” are watching for the characters or for “wealth porn.”

Below, we’ve posted a lightly edited full transcript of the conversation.

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Categories Billions Emmy Nomination

What the Emmy Nominations Got Right and Wrong – July 13, 2018

Consistently Great Show That Somehow Remains Off the Emmy Radar

by Mark Dawidziak | Cleveland.com | July 13, 2018

Said it before but this bears repeating, particularly on top of Thursday’s nominations for the 70th annual Emmys: There isn’t an awards system yet conceived on this planet that is not in some ways deeply flawed. I’ve done my time marching in this particular procession. That edict on awards also includes the Television Critics Association Awards, which I’ve been voting for each year since their inception in 1985. Do those awards have their admirable strengths and annoying weaknesses? Indeed, they do.

The same goes for the Emmys, which, year after year, get some things wonderfully right and some things terribly wrong. And nowhere do things go more right and wrong than with the nominations. No question, these nominations embrace some of the highest-quality programming TV had to offer during the 2017-18 season. But did Thursday’s announcement by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences also yield the usual outrageous number of snubs, oversights and omissions? Oh, yeah.

Here we go.

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When Will Billions Get the Emmy It Deserves? – July 12, 2018

The Showtime series is one of the best dramas on television. So where the fuck is its Emmy?

by Eve Peyser | Vice | July 12, 2018

On Thursday morning, the nominees for the 2018 Emmy Awards were announced, and sadly for anyone who cares about honoring the art of television, Billions was once again snubbed. The Showtime drama, which just wrapped up its third season, stars the legendary Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who is hellbent on bringing down Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis), a billionaire hedge fund manager who unapologetically plays dirty. The twist? Rhoades’s wife, Wendy, works for Axelrod as a performance coach, a therapist who works at his firm whose job is to help the employees earn as much as they can through psychoanalysis.

Billions is the story of two ruthless geniuses and their intricate scheming as they bend the law in order to settle personal feuds. Full of poetic and scholarly dialogue, the show ascends above the average TV drama because the writing is as smart as the characters. Giamatti’s performance is ferocious, and his character often speaks in grandiose allegories. His dialogue is iconic, overwrought in the way only the best, highest-shelf prestige TV dialogue is overwrought: “A good matador doesn’t try to kill a fresh bull. You wait until he’s been stuck a few times,” Rhoades explains in the pilot. “Calculation is not something to be scoffed at. It’s a tool. A tactic. And I use it proudly and often,” he says in season three.

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