Billions: Most Underappreciated Quality Series on Television
by Mark Dawidziak | Cleveland.com | December 29, 2019
This was the year, long predicted, when we reached about 500 scripted television shows. Clinching the record were the fall launches of such high-profile streaming services as Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus.
Let’s put that in some kind of perspective. That’s 500 scripted comedies and dramas (or some mixture of both), which doesn’t count the hundreds of other shows that fall into the reality, game show, documentary, news, talk, magazine, sports or any of the many other programming formats found on the traditional networks, PBS, cable channels and streaming services.
Compare that with the total number of shows currently running on Broadway (33) or the number of new Broadway productions this year (38). Or compare that to the total number of American films that will be released this year: 230.
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Billions: Live-Action Wile E. Coyote vs. Roadrunner Cartoon
by Joey Morono | Cleveland.com | December 24, 2019
In between opening presents, watching A Christmas Story for the umpteenth time, eating leftovers and staring at your devices, you’re going to have a lot of down time over the next few days.
The holidays are an ideal time to fire up the TV and catch up on those shows your group text has been talking about for months but you haven’t actually gotten around to yet.
Or maybe you just need to kill a few hours.
So, whether you’re in the mood for gripping, high-stakes drama or a few laughs, here are 15 shows worth your time. You might not like all of them, but as they say on one of these shows: you can’t make a Tomlette without breaking some Gregs*.
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Best Reviewed Scripted TV Shows of the Year According to Metacritic
by Terri Schwartz | IGN | December 24, 2019
With more original scripted TV shows being released than there are days of the year, chances are you — like us — are using the holidays to catch up on hidden gems you may have missed. There are so many different ways to categorize what makes great TV: it could be a recommendation from a trusted friend, buzz around a major title or even the suggestion of a media outlet you like and respect.
In the spirit of the latter category, we have gathered up the 14 best-reviewed scripted TV shows of the year according to review aggregate website Metacritic. These series met universal acclaim from the critics who reviewed them, ranging from long-running series like Veep and Billions to newcomers like Undone and Back to Life.
For some more information on how Metacritic determines their critic grade, they explain their scale of 0 to 100 according to the following parameters: “We carefully curate a large group of the world’s most respected critics, assign scores to their reviews, and apply a weighted average to summarize the range of their opinions. The result is a single number that captures the essence of critical opinion in one Metascore.”
Keep reading for the 14 TV shows with the highest Metacritic scores in 2019:
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Pop Culture Proxy Fights
by Dan McDermott | Yahoo! Finance | December 17, 2019
In the 1987 film Wall Street, Michael Douglas’ character Gordon Gekko gave the famous “Greed is Good” speech during a hostile takeover of his target, Teldar Paper. This scene is arguably still the most well-known portrayal of an activist shareholder. Recently, however, shareholder activism has returned in dramatic fashion to Billions on ViacomCBS Inc.’s Showtime and Succession on AT&T Inc.’s HBO. Both hit shows depict hostile takeovers/proxy fights as central themes. Viewers might wonder: Does this kind of thing really happen? And, if so, how accurate are the shows’ respective depictions of events?
Starting with Billions, Bobby Axelrod (see Steve Cohen of S.A.C. Capital/Point 72 capital for the character’s inspiration), played by Damian Lewis, wages two proxy fights during the course of the series. In Season 1, Axelrod wages a proxy fight at Yumtime (see Hostess Brands for likeness). In Season 4, Axe wages another proxy fight at Saler’s (see Sears) with private equity investor/love interest Rebecca Cantu played by Nina Arianda. Let us focus on Axelrod’s engagement with Yumtime, which shares the most real-life similarities with an actual proxy contest.
Companies often become vulnerable to activist hedge funds through sustained underperformance. In particular, lower stock price returns versus a group of peer companies can invite an activist hedge fund – like Axe Capital – to make an argument that change is necessary at the company’s Board of Directors, C-level management or both to turn the company around. In the case of Yumtime, Axe demonstrates that the dessert-pastry company had delivered poor performance for shareholders and offers a solution to turn the company around:
Continue reading Is That You, Bobby Axelrod? – Dec 17, 2019
New Character “Nico”
by Denise Petski | Deadline | December 16, 2019
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Frank Grillo (Captain America: Civil War, Black and Blue) is set for a recurring role on the upcoming fifth season of Billions, Showtime’s drama series starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis. Season 5 is in production in New York and will premiere on the network in 2020. Grillo will recur as Nico Tanner, a modern artist.
Created by executive producers/showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien, along with Andrew Ross Sorkin, Season 4 of Billions saw former enemies Bobby Axelrod (Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti), and Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff), the chief counselor to each, come together to form an uneasy but highly effective alliance, aimed at the eradication of all their rivals. They include Grigor Andolov (guest star John Malkovich), Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon), Bryan Connerty (Toby Leonard Moore) and Waylon “Jock” Jeffcoat (guest star Clancy Brown). David Costabile, Condola Rashad, Kelly AuCoin and Jeffrey DeMunn also star. Julianna Marguiles and Corey Stoll will guest star in Season 5.
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