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TV Guide’s 100 Best Shows of 2018 – Sept 10, 2018

TV Guide Ranks Peak TV’s Finest Offerings

by TV Guide Editors | TV Guide | September 10, 2018

Why is TV Guide ranking the 100 best shows right now? Tony Soprano once said, “Those who want respect, give respect.” He also said, “A wrong decision is better than indecision.”

But this list isn’t about Tony Soprano. Or Don Draper. Or Olivia Pope or Mary Richards or Blanche Devereaux. This list is about today’s golden age of television. Peak TV deserves its own spotlight, a ranking of the very best shows that are being created right now, across every platform.

Here’s how we came up with the list: We limited eligibility for the 100 Best Shows Right Now to ongoing shows that have at least one more season slated to air — guidelines that disqualified limited series like Sharp Objects, as well as shows that just ended, like Adventure Time. With that in mind, every staffer nominated 25 shows (for a total of 149), and the most-nominated shows made our shortlist. Then, each staffer voted on the ranking order, and to help adjust for bias, one ballot was based on sister site Metacritic’s TV rankings. With the complicated math out the way, the final rank order was determined after much passionate debate among TV Guide’s editors.

The range of programming showcased below reveals just how many quality TV shows are airing today — and just how subjective the idea of “quality” can be. As you’ll discover, Vanderpump Rules and Chicago Fire are featured side-by-side with prestige dramas like The Handmaid’s Tale and Game of Thrones. A quarter of the list is devoted to shows that have had only one season so far. Some creators and stars work on multiple shows in the ranking, including Ryan Murphy, Samira Wiley, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Noah Hawley, Michael Schur, and many more, but none has Tobias Menzies beat. YouTube Premium series Cobra Kai and Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television made the cut, but The Walking Dead didn’t. Maybe you disagree with us on the ranking, but we’re pretty sure your new favorite show (quiz) is somewhere on this list.

Here are the 100 Best Shows Right Now:

#75 – Billions (Showtime)

How to watch: ShowtimeAmazon Prime with Showtime add-onHulu with Showtime add-on

Billions never stops going for it. It swings for the fences every time. Every performance is excessive, every twist is game-changing, every line of dialogue sounds like it was written by someone who laughed out loud after they wrote it. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that makes it more fun to watch than any other expensive, A-list cable drama. – Liam Mathews

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Billions Season 4 Table Read – Aug 27, 2018

Back to Billions

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | August 27, 2018

Billions is back! The first table read of season four was held Monday, August 27, 2018. According to co-creater Brian Koppelman’s tweet, he and fellow co-creator David Levien, as well as much of the entire cast read aloud the teleplay for episode 401.

Actor Kelly AuCoin who plays “Dollar Bill” Stearn shared a sneak peek with us fans:

Source: Twitter @KellyAuCoin77

And actor David Costabile who plays “Wags” shared a photo of the kind of cake only billionaires would eat by stating:

“You’re damn right we eat cake with money on it on the first day back for Season 4 of Billions, motherfuckers!!!!!!”

Source: Instagram @david_costabile

Stay tuned as we bring you the latest developments!

Categories Billions Review

Five Shows More People Should Be Watching – June 15, 2018

Billions: A Show With Great Scripts and a Fine Cast

by Megan McArdle | Washington Post | June 15, 2018

The temptation of writing about culture is always to find something to pan. Critical reviews flow easily from the fingertips, while applause involves the hard labor of finding 16 synonyms for “good.” But I ate my Wheaties this morning, and I’m looking for a challenge. So let’s talk about good shows — great shows, even. Shows that more people should be watching. People like you.

“Billions” (Showtime)

Another show with great scripts and a fine cast. (You may be sensing a theme here). This is high-finance as revenge-drama. The first three seasons portray a long-running cat-and-mouse game between hedge-fund titan Bobby Axelrod, played by Damian Lewis, and U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades, played by Paul Giamatti. But the showrunners haven’t given into the temptation to make Axelrod the bad guy and Rhoades the hero. Instead, we have twin protagonists — both badly flawed, but also deeply appealing.

The cast is terrific, the writing reminiscent of a less-manic Aaron Sorkin, and thanks to a different Sorkin (Andrew Ross, longtime finance reporter for the New York Times, and no relation to the creator of “The West Wing”), “Billions” is even a reasonably realistic portrayal of both finance and securities law. I suspect it isn’t getting the audience it deserves because people think finance is dull, but trust me, in the hands of this team, it never is.

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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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