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Sean T. Collins’s Eight Best TV Shows of 2018 – Dec 28, 2018

Billions: “A Whip-Smart, Drum-Tight Financial Thriller”

by Sean T. Collins | Decider | December 28, 2018

Weird ‘Flix, but okay: 2018 saw a certain streaming behemoth finally achieve the approximate cultural reach and clout the Big Four broadcast networks still enjoyed as recently as a decade ago. Unfortunately, the level of artistic quality and risk-taking roughly followed suit.

But even the algorithm-assisted return of TV monoculture—you can have any flavor you like, as long as it’s a flavor our data indicates you’ve enjoyed before—couldn’t stamp out the hard-earned gains television has made as an art form since Tony Soprano woke up that morning 20 years ago. Shows predicated on the idea that challenging your audience is a vital part of entertaining that audience, even if it’s an audience you have to will into existence in the process, are still out there.

Television can still make even a jaded viewer sob with sorrow and joy, recoil in suspense and terror, stare in silent (or shouting!) awe at the sheer emotional and aesthetic audacity of it all. Between them, the eight shows below did all that for me and more.

#5 – Billions

In the immortal words of Qui-Gon Jinn, “There’s always a bigger fish.” Billions, a show full of characters who might drop that quote into a conversation with only a hint of irony, demonstrated the truth of this maxim all season. Long the story of the Ahab vs. Moby-Dick conflict of ambitious federal attorney Chuck Rhoades and his hedge-fund-king nemesis Bobby Axelrod, the show’s third outing spent its first half watching Axe extricate himself from the brilliantly planned trap Chuck sprang on him during Season Two, with Chuck’s wife and Axe’s close friend Wendy Rhoades as the fulcrum for the escape.

But all the while, Bobby’s brainiac protege Taylor Mason (nonbinary actor Asia Kate Dillon in a role all the more groundbreaking for its matter-of-factness) and Chuck’s hang-em-high boss Attorney General Jock Jeffcoat (Clancy Brown, looming and drawling like a bizarre High Plains Frankenstein) were moving closer to springing traps of their own. Season’s end saw the one-time arch-enemies in an alliance against their new foes—and Brian Koppelman & David Levien’s whip-smart, drum-tight financial thriller hit new heights of both entertainment and insight into the world of the One Percent.

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Throwback Thursday – Dec 27, 2018

Cocktails Anyone?

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

Last Thursday we shared with you a photoshoot of Damian circa 2005 in Cannes, France. Now let’s take a walk down memory lane together to June, 2008 when Damian was featured in the international men’s magazine, Maxim. To put things into prospective for the time, Damian and Helen had been married 11 months and their daughter was a little over a year and half.

Visit the throwback gallery here. Enjoy!

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Happy Christmas! – December, 2018

Joyeux Noël, Frohe Weinachten, Feliz Navidad, Buon Natale

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | December, 2018

Oh the weather outside is frightful,
but this website is sooo delightful
Until the internet gets slow,
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Happy Christmas to all the fandom! You are the reason for the season and the reason why we are here. Wishing you the happiest of holidays, from all of us at damian-lewis.com and fanfunwithdamianlewis.com.

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The Best TV Shows of 2018 – Dec 20, 2018

Billions Can Keep Going Forever

by Playlist Staff | The Playlist | December 19, 2018

It was, as we’ve discussed already, a great year for movies. It was perhaps a less great one on TV, at least on the surface. There were more scripted shows than ever once again, but with some heavy-hitters skipping a year, and a few high-profile disappointments (Hi, “The Romanoffs!”), it was hard not to feel that the ageless TV vs. film debate came out of 2018 with a point on the movies board.

But all that said, if the thrill of the Peak TV years has perhaps worn off, there were still hours and hours and hours of greatness across multiple networks and genres in 2018. Some great shows got even better. Some new arrivals produced debut seasons that were among as promising as any in recent years. And there were surprises and hidden gems galore. Maybe it was a great year for TV, now we think about it.

Below you’ll find The Playlist’s 25 favorite shows of 2018, from Facebook-hosted grief dramas to animated satires to kids-on-the-run to existentially-wracked hitmen and more. Take a look at the list below, and let us know your own highlights in the comments.

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Throwback Thursday – Dec 20, 2018

Oui, Oui Monsieur!

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | December 20, 2018

Last Thursday we shared with you a photoshoot of Damian circa September, 2005 and this week we will travel back just a few months to May, 2005 when he was in Cannes, France. View images by photographer Ramon Palacios-Pelletier who captured Damian in blue by the blue sea.

Visit the throwback gallery here. Enjoy!