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Homeland Series Finale Acknowledges Brody – April 26, 2020

Arm in Arm in Espionage: Series Finale Recap

by Bill Keveney | USA Today | April 26, 2020

When “Homeland” grabbed the public’s attention and six Emmys, including best drama series, for its spellbinding first season in 2011, the relationship between CIA super spy Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and military hero and suspected terrorist  Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) took center stage.

Over eight seasons, many ups and some downs and the death of Brody in Season 3,  the central dynamic shifted to Carrie, a brilliant operative struggling with mental illness, and her savvy CIA mentor, Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin).

That bond frayed at times, as Carrie broke every rule in the book twice, but never has it been as endangered as it was going into the series’ final episode, which aired Sunday, after Russian agent Yevgeny Gromov (Costa Ronin) gave Carrie only one way to secure the black box flight recorder, evidence that can prevent a possible nuclear war: “Kill Saul.”

Here’s how the finale played out:

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Homeland Declassified: An Oral History of Never Told Tales – Jan 16, 2020

Battles, Backlash, CIA Meetings

by Michael O’Connell | Hollywood Reporter | January 16, 2019

Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis and the creators of the era-defining Showtime drama — now entering its eighth and final season — reveal in The Hollywood Reporter’s oral history never-told tales of a show that smashed records, captivated presidents and predicted everything from terrorist attacks to Russian election hacks.

“What keeps you up at night?” That’s the question Homeland showrunner Alex Gansa annually posed to Washington insiders before putting fingers to keyboard on a season of his Emmy-winning Showtime drama.

What began as a slick spy thriller driven by a potent sexual chemistry, courtesy of leads Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, evolved into an exposé on the greatest dangers to an America that finally had some distance from 9/11. Threats from ISIS, the surveillance state and Russian interference punctuated clandestine meetings with the intelligence community — part of a yearly writers and cast symposium in D.C. affectionately dubbed “Spy Camp.”

The series, loosely developed from an Israeli format by Gansa and longtime collaborator Howard Gordon (24), became an instant and bona fide success when it premiered in 2011 to 2.8 million viewers and unanimous critical acclaim. Boasting a murderers’ row of writers, each a showrunner at one time, the drama catapulted Showtime and studio Fox 21 to an echelon of prestige TV they previously couldn’t reach. It swept its first Emmys (with six awards total) and those first seasons had both the Obamas and Clintons soliciting screeners.

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Showtime Billions at TCA18 – Jan 6, 2018

Showtime Billions at TCA18 

by JaniaJania – Fan Fun with Damian Lewis – January 6, 2018

It’s been a long winter, but now that Billions has announced a return date of March 25 for Season 3, bluier skies may be ahead. On Saturday, showrunners and stars graced the stage for this year’s Television Critics Association winter press tour, where they dropped the first promo and got the buzz up and running for the new season.

The party got started in some fun Facebook live sessions. These short interviews were great at revealing actors’ insights into the characters they play as well as some fun behind the scenes bits.

First was Asia Kate Dillon. As we’ve seen, Taylor has been playing an increasing bigger role since first appearing on canvas. Last season, Axe promoted Taylor to CIO. It looks like this season their role may be even more significant.

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‘Billions’ Announces Season 3 Air Date and Drops Trailer – Jan 6, 2018

Billions Announces Season 3 Air Date and Drops Trailer

by Gingersnap – damian.lewis.com – January 6, 2018

Source: Twitter @SHO_Billions

Damian, along with the Billions core cast and co-creators, attended the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour today to announce when season three will air and to discuss some highlights of what we can expect from the show. The Television Critics Association (TCA) represents more than 200 professional journalists who cover television for publications across the United States and Canada. This year’s TCA Winter Press Tour was held at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California.

According to the posted schedule, Showtime’s President and CEO David Nevins, along with Gary Levine, President of Programming, held an “Executive Session Q&A,” soon followed by the Billions panel discussion, which included Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Asia Kate Dillon, Executive Producer and Co-Creator Brian Koppelman, and Executive Producer & Co-Creator David Levien.

Left to right: Brian Koppelman, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff, Asia Kate Dillon, Malin Akerman, Damian Lewis and David Levien. Source: Twitter @SHO_Billions

It was reported that the press has been given the first three episodes to view, lucky dogs! We have anticipated Billions returning for season three and wrote about it here.  Billions, and Damian, will return to your television screen on….

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Showtime Sets Premiere Date for ‘Billions’ – Jan 6, 2018

Showtime Sets Premiere Date for ‘Billions’

by Joe Otterson – Variety – January 6, 2018

(L-R) Executive producers and co-creators Brian Koppelman & David Levien, actors Asia Kate Dillon, Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff and Malin Akerman (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Showtime announced the premiere dates and released trailers for several shows during their session at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Saturday.

Season 3 of “Billions” will launch on Showtime on March 25 at 10 p.m. The new season finds Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) in a world that has shifted on its axis. Both men are still determined to destroy the other, but must also battle for their own survival amid new forces and powerful enemies. Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff) Chuck’s wife and Axe’s performance coach, is all in for both of them, an uneasy and dangerous position for her, and one that ultimately puts her to a decision that could alter the direction of her life irrevocably.

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