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:
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!!!!!!”
Stay tuned as we bring you the latest developments!
TV’s Fixers Crank Up the Tension
by Hugh Hart | LA Times | June 6, 2018
In real life, Michael Cohen, lawyer to President Trump and self-declared fixer, embodies the risks that come with cleaning up messes for the rich and powerful. On television, fixers tend to be more effective. They might be a PR puppet master like Kerry Washington’s “Scandal” character Olivia Pope or the homicidal White House chief of staff Doug Stamper played by Michael Kelly in “House of Cards.”
But whatever their official job titles, fictional TV fixers share an ability to crank up dramatic tension through the ruthless practice of skulduggery-for-hire.
Continue reading Bobby Axelrod’s Fixer on Billions – June 6, 2018
NPR’s All Songs Considered, Music Pods, Sound Opinions, Spotify Discover Weekly and Twitter Solicitation Beacons: Discovering Music for Billions
by Caitlin White | Uproxx | May 24, 2018
Last fall over the holidays I was desperately trying to avoid reality. Looking for an escape, I turned to a popular TV show called Billions because I’d noticed one of my favorite Uproxx TV writers, Brian Grubb, writing a love letter to it earlier in the year. It looked just far enough away from my own life to distract from the stupid minutia of what was bothering me, the characters were strong, powerful, and self-assured — but they were also caught up in tough situations, unfair portrayals, and pesky mistakes.
The plot was thick and moved with deftness, there was not one but two strong, badass female characters, there was a subplot involving a nonbinary character working in the midst of the boys club, and the whole thing swung on an unholy rivalry that was a thrill to watch. This all made for great, addictive TV, but as a music editor, what stopped me in my tracks was the soundtrack. Unexpectedly, I found old folk and indie rock favorites like Andrew Bird cropping up alongside a guest appearance from the rock gods themselves, Metallica!
Continue reading How Billions Creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien Use Music as an Emotional Accelerator on the Show – May 24, 2018
Superfan Finale Event
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 21, 2018
Calling all Billions superfans in the East Coast area! You are invited to an exclusive advance screening of the Billions season three finale on Thursday, June 7 at NeueHouse in New York City. This is a ‘first-come, first-served’ event so be sure to RSVP by emailing RSVP2@GQ.com. Cocktails will be served at 7:00 p.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. viewing in the screening room, cellar level. Join executive producers and co-creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien for a Q&A at the event!
Continue reading Billions: Exclusive Screening of Season 3 Finale – May 21, 2018
Pick of the Day: Billions, Sky Atlantic, 9pm
by David Sexton | Evening Standard | May 10, 2018
An extraordinary episode of the glossy financial drama, which was recently renewed for a fourth season.
Showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien contribute a storyline that swirls around the two main protagonists, Axe (Damian Lewis) and Chuck (Paul Giamatti), making it clear that whatever moral distinction there used to be between the rogue trader and the attorney general, they are both now morally compromised.
Last week’s show ended with Axe and Chuck in conference with Wendy (Maggie Siff) trying to work out a plan to avoid them all being sent to jail. This week, much to the men’s surprise, Wendy proposes a dubious idea which involves the framing of the almost blameless oncologist Dr Ari Gilbert (Seth Barrish), and persuading her colleague Mafee (Dan Soder) to lie (a talk which requires her to wield her sexuality). In the end, Axe takes a relaxing bath, but the dynamics have changed, with Wendy’s flexible morality promoting her to the role of a key player.
Billions began in the Obama years as a fight between right and wrong. As the drama evolves to mirror the Trump era, those distinctions have become very blurry.
Read the rest of the original article at Evening Standard