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Billions Stars Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti Tease Potential Season 7 Team Up

Axe: Swagger in Too Tight Pants

by Ileane Rudolph | TV Insider | August 1, 2023

[This interview was conducted prior to the SAG-AFTRA strike authorization.]

Former hedge fund mogul Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis) did not give up his business empire easily. At the end of Season 5 of Showtime’s Wall Street thriller Billions, it took a two-pronged attack to drive Axe from New York City to Switzerland, turning him from a swaggering master of the universe into a financial fugitive. New York State Attorney General Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) had him on trumped-up money-laundering charges, and billionaire nemesis Michael Prince (Corey Stoll) bought Axelrod’s huge assets way below market price. But now Axe has reentered the ring for this seventh and final season, his charming, ruthless confidence intact.

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Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti Look Back at Epic Showdown Scene in Billions Season 1

Leaving Nagasaki Behind

by Sho_Billions | YouTube | August 1, 2023

Damian and Paul Giamatti look back at Axe and Chuck’s epic showdown scene from Billions season 1, episode 12 “The Conversation.” Damian said the scene felt like 20 years ago but that he loves this last scene. He discusses the use of the 360 degrees filming and long lens. Also, Paul spoke about what it is like acting alongside Damian. Enjoy the video:

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Billions Cast Recap Seasons 1-6

“The Final Showdown Can Begin”

by Sho_Billions | YouTube | July 31, 2023

Why is Damian crossing his fingers? Find out below as Damian (Bobby Axelrod), Paul Giamatti (Chuck Rhoades), Kelly AuCoin (Dollar Bill Stearn), Maggie Siff (Wendy Rhoades), Condola Rashad (Kate Sacker), Asia Kate Dillon (Taylor Mason), David Costabile (Wags), Jeffrey DeMunn (Senior), Corey Stoll (Prince) and more recap Billions season 1 – 6 in two and half minutes.  Enjoy the video:

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Damian Lewis and Kelly AuCoin Break Down Fake Fight Scene in Billions Season One

“Pretend We’re Having an Argument”

by Sho_Billions | YouTube | July 28, 2023

Axe: “I’m gonna poke you. Poke me back.” Dollar Bill: “I’ll poke you all goddamn day!”

Damian and Kelly break down the fake fight scene from Billions season 1, episode 10, “Quality of Life” that aired in 2016. Damian said he loved that scene and stated Kelly is a great comedian. The behind the scenes sit-down revealed that Kelly actually pushed Damian quite hard on his left shoulder during the filming, flaring up an old rotator cuff injury from 10 years prior, which would put said injury around 2005/2006. He told Kelly, “I’m gonna smack you in the chops if you do that again.” LOL 🙂 Enjoy the behind the scenes video:

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Billions Season 7 Episode Guide

Titles, Plot Descriptions, Airdates, Photos and Trailers

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | July 3, 2023

Billions season 7 premiered Friday, August 11, 2023 on the streaming platform Paramount+ with Showtime before making its on-air debut Sunday, August 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime. Titles, plot descriptions and air dates have all been announced, but photo galleries and trailers are still pending for a couple of the last episodes and airdates are subject to change. See below and keep checking back for updates throughout the season. View first look photos in our Gallery.

Overall Summary: Alliances are turned on their heads. Old wounds are weaponized. Loyalties are tested. Betrayal takes on epic proportions. Enemies become wary friends. And Bobby Axelrod returns, as the stakes grow from Wall Street to the world. Season 7 official trailer:

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Billions Drops Official Trailer #2 and Poster Art for Season 5 – April 8, 2020

That Nasty Addiction Called Money

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 8, 2020

To view season five photostills, please visit our Gallery here

Trailer:

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Billions Season 5 Split In Two – April 1, 2020

CoVid-19 Temporarily Suspends Filming

by Nellie Andreeva | Deadline | April 1, 2020

This is not an April Fool’s joke. Deadline reports Billions season five will split into two.

Showtime has made more adjustments to its schedule as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which suspended all Hollywood production.

Black Monday and Billions, which were in production on their current/upcoming seasons when the shutdown occurred, will air partial seasons, with the rest of the episodes running at a later date after all production has been completed.

For both the unexpected spring finales will come at a natural point in the story arcs of their seasons. Showtime already two weeks ago moved in to stagger the remaining finished original episodes of Black Monday by shifting the comedy’s air pattern from two back-to-back new episodes premiering a week to one, beginning March 22, continuing through Sunday, April 12. The April 12 Episode 6 of Black Monday will be the last of the current batch.

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New Billions Season 5 Teaser Trailer – March 28, 2020

The Take Down

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 28, 2020

In the big money fight, it’s not what you take. It’s who you take down. Billions Season 5 Premieres on Sunday, May 3 at 9/8c. View Season 5 photos in our Gallery here.

 

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Billions Season 5 Official Trailer – March 19, 2020

Bobby Axelrod: “I am a monster, a carnivorous monster.”

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 19, 2020

View Season 5 photos in our Gallery here

In season five of Billions, Bobby Axelrod (Damien Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) see their vicious rivalry reignited, while new enemies rise and take aim. Social impact pioneer Mike Prince (Corey Stoll) poses a true threat to Axe’s dominance, and Chuck feuds with a formidable district attorney (Roma Maffia). Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon) is forced back to Axe Capital, where Taylor must fight to protect their employees and their assets. Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff) reevaluates her loyalties and forges surprising new alliances that put her at odds with both Chuck and Axe. This season, the struggle for power becomes a struggle for survival, and all characters must adapt or risk extinction. Season 5 premieres on Sunday, May 3 at 9/8c.

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Billions Has Become a Critics’ Darling – March 4, 2020

When Will Emmy Voters Notice?

by Greg Braxton | LA Times | March 3, 2020

“Billions,” Showtime’s acclaimed drama about the cutthroat world of New York finance and politics, is about to launch its fifth season in May, just in time to catch the wave of an election season in which two billionaires are running for president.

But although real-life billionaire Mark Cuban has made a few appearances on the show playing himself, don’t expect President Donald Trump or Democratic candidate Mike Bloomberg to make any cameos during the upcoming season. The same goes for billionaire Tom Steyer, who dropped out of the race after his largely self-financed campaign failed to catch fire in the South Carolina primary.

Not that “Billions” needs them. The series already has more than enough political intrigue and razor-sharp personal dynamics in the blood feud pitting federal government watchdog Charles “Chuck” Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) against wealthy hedge-fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis).

And producers suggest the stakes will be even higher this season with the addition to the cast of Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) and Corey Stoll (“House of Cards”).

“There is no doubt this season features titanic figures at each other’s throat[s],” said “Billions” executive producer Brian Koppelman, who runs the series with fellow executive producer David Levien. “People are coming up against figures of equal size, which makes these conflicts life-and-death — existential.”

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Bobby Axelrod and Wendy Rhoades: A Special Relationship, Part VII – March 2, 2020

Why Wendy Rhoades is Bobby Axelrod’s Most Deadly Weapon

by Damianista | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | March 2, 2020

Damian Lewis and Maggie Siff bring to life one of the most intriguing and complex relationships we have ever seen on TV. It is sincere and it is strategic. It is friendly and it is flirty. It is personal and it is professional. It is delicate. It is difficult. It is delicious. The first three seasons have revealed there is no romance in their relationship, but there is real partnership. Bobby and Wendy find meaning in what they built together and can draw the best out of each other. In case you missed my earlier posts on these two, you can find them herehereherehere, here, and here.

Season 4 is a true testament to why Axe values Wendy at a level where he is even willing to go to jail for her. Do not get me wrong, loyalty rules Bobby Axelrod’s world and he can drop Wendy in a millisecond should he suspect any disloyalty as he did in Season 1 Finale. But as long as he trusts Wendy is one loyal confidante and also the smartest person in the room, there is nothing Axe will not do to keep Wendy safe and happy. And the key is in his words to Wendy in Season 4 Episode 10 New Year’s Day where Bobby remembers the exact time and place he knew Wendy was a keeper. Continue reading Bobby Axelrod and Wendy Rhoades: A Special Relationship, Part VII – March 2, 2020

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Filthy Rich: 5 Reasons Billions is Better Than Succession (and vise versa) – March 2, 2020

From the Dialogue to the Plot Twists

by Philip Etemesi | Screen Rant | March 1, 2020

A case can be made for Don Cheadle’s new Wall Street comedy Black Monday but the two TV shows that currently bring out the best of the world of cutthroat business dealings and wealth are HBO’s Succession and Showtime’s Billions. The two TV shows share plenty of similar themes but a couple of things set them apart.

In Succession, family drama blends with corporate setbacks. Media tycoon Logan Roy’s health declines and his four children all try to win his favor in order to take over the empire when daddy is no longer around. In Billions, billionaire hedge fund manager Bobby “Axe” Axelrod is hunted down by US Attorney Chuck Rhoades for insider training before the two team up to fight common enemies. Here’s an argument for both shows as the better one.

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