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Fan Favorite: Axe is Back for Season 7
by Rosy Cordero | Deadline | February 27. 2023
Damian Lewis is bringing back Bobby Axelrod as he sets his return to the Showtime series Billions for Season 7. Lewis will appear in six of the 12 episodes when the show premieres later this year.
“Bobby’s back,” Lewis told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show. “Axe is back, and it’s exciting. He’s not been around for a couple of seasons.” (We totally called it based on this circumstantial evidence here)
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A Spy Among Friends x Billions Mini Reunion x A Dash of Homeland
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | February 27, 2023
Damian attended MGM+’s A Spy Among Friends New York Premiere at Crosby Street Hotel on Monday, February 27, 2023 in New York City. Damian is pictured here with co-star Stephen Kunken (Billions) who played James Jesus Angleton in the spy series. Other attendees at the premiere included Neil Burger, Claire Danes (Homeland), Alexander Cary, Nick Murphy, Michael Wright, Katherine Pope, President of Sony Pictures Television, Andrew Ross Sorkin (Billions co-creator), Alessandro Nivola, Sienna Miller and Jill Hennessy, as well as Billions castmates Danny Strong, Jack Gilpin, Asia Kate Dillon, Daniel K. Isaac, Dhruv Maheshwari, Kelly AuCoin and David Costabile.
There was also a Q&A panel discussion at the screening. A Spy Among Friends is available for streaming in the US on MGM+ starting March 12. View all the photos of the event in our Gallery here.
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He’s Back, Baby!
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 7, 2022
We suspected Damian could possibly be shooting a scene or two for Billions when pictures surfaced after his Halloween weekend trip to Nashville and New Orleans showing him sporting what we felt was a “Bobby Axelrod” haircut and guess we were right!
Outlets are reporting Damian was pictured reprising his role as Bobby Axelrod in Billions this past Friday evening filming outdoors at the Tower of London, a year after announcing his exit from the series. Reports say he was seen chatting with crew members and former colleagues as he filmed including, Paul Giamatti (Chuck Rhoades), Maggie Siff (Wendy Rhoades) and David Costabile (Wags). Yet no photos of Giamatti were captured.
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by Chance Morgan | Collider | July 16, 2022
We are living in a world of good TV overload. Everywhere you look, there’s a new network or streaming service launching with a slate of quality original programming.
With so much good TV out there, it’s fair that the members of the Television Academy can’t see everything. That being said, there have been some shows in the past few years that the Emmys have overlooked entirely when their quality is so high that they’re practically begging for recognition.
These shows got the short end of the stick:
When you think about what show embodies the Showtime brand in the 2010s, chances are you think of Billions, a thrilling game of cat and mouse set in the world of stocks and finances. It focuses on two men: Bobby Axelrod, a hedge fund manager who is willing to break the law now and again to get the biggest payoff, played by the underrated Damian Lewis, and Chuck Rhoades, a U.S. Attorney in New York City determined to bring Axelrod to justice, even if he has to break a few laws himself, played by the brilliant and iconic character actor Paul Giamatti. Stuck in the middle of these two men’s masculinity measuring contests is Chuck’s wife, Wendy (Maggie Siff), who works for Axelrod as a performance coach.
You may not always understand the ins and outs of the action happening in Billions, what with the in-depth discussion of finances at its center, but with engaging and witty characters you can’t help but fall in love with, played by one of the best casts on television, it won’t matter because you’ll be hooked.
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There’s Only One Damian
by Carissa Pavlica | TV Fanatic | March 28, 2022
You may know Kelly AuCoin from his role on Billions, but he’s also going to be playing a detective on Hulu’s The Girl From Plainville. We had a chance to catch up with him by phone to talk about it. And yes, we touch on Billions, too. “…with Billions, I think it’s super fun to watch people misbehave. And what I love about Billions is that people from all over the political spectrum like the show. My lefty friends, a lot of them love it. And my friends who are more on the right love it.”
“I do find it interesting when people on the street talk about why they love the show and my character. I start to realize some people find it aspirational. They think of Dollar Bill as an aspirational character. And I’m like, ‘You know he’s a criminal, right?’ “He’s not a good person, per se, but I think the character…it’s such a well-written show. And I think that the actors play the hell out of their characters. And I think the chemistry between the characters has been so strong and just grown stronger with each season. I think that translates.”
“We have such a fun time. As I’ve said to people many times, the amount of misbehavior exhibited by these characters is an almost inverse proportion to the quality of human beings that they are and the sweetness that they actually exhibit and give back and forth to each other on set and in real life. We’re all friends. We all have a great time. And Stephen Kunken, Ari Spyros, and I, Dollar Bill, are great friends, and we’ll be in each other’s faces and yelling at each other and shoving, and then we’re just giggling afterward. I think that kind of chemistry translates to the screen.
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Billions and Homeland
by Brian Boone | February 16, 2022 | Looper
First hitting the airwaves back in the late 1970s, Showtime is one of the longest-lasting cable channels still kicking. In its many years of existence, the network has helped create the modern idea of prestige television by airing well-made dramas, edgy and sophisticated comedies, and talk shows that upend the form. Unbound by the restrictions of broadcast networks, Showtime is free to elevate television and bring new perspectives and stories to millions of appreciative viewers.
Forever in competition with fellow pay cable outlets like HBO and Starz, as well as streaming upstarts such as Netflix and Hulu, Showtime has held its ground in the still-ongoing “Peak TV” era. Every year, it adds more and more high-quality productions to the TV landscape, from audacious, quirky horror stories to blockbuster crime sagas. Which shows reign supreme? These are the 31 best Showtime series of all time.
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Not Saying It’s Goodbye Forever
by Nina Braca | Uproxx | February 4, 2022
Showtime’s Billions returned for its sixth season last month, but the series was missing some of its familiar faces.
Damian Lewis played Bobby Axelrod, the ambitious hedge fund manager of Axe Capital. Lewis announced he would be departing the series to spend more time with his family in London, where season five of the series was filmed. Lewis’ wife, actress Helen McCroy, died of cancer last spring.