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The Best Shows of 2018 – Oct 1, 2018

How Billions Ranks Out of the Top 46 Television Shows

by John Sellers | The Thrillist | October 1, 2018

With more than 500 scripted series set to air in 2018, finding the TV shows that will change your life — or at least your weekend — is harder than ever. That’s where this ranking comes in. Just like we do with movies and music and more, this constantly updated compendium will point you to all the best TV shows released this year so you’ll always have something to watch. To see what shows made the cut, and to see a photo of Zach Galifianakis getting stomped on by a baby goat, read on.

Note: Before you yell at me for leaving out Vanderpump Rules, please note that I’m assessing only episodic scripted programs here — so none of the excellent reality shows (like Queer Eye), docuseries (e.g., Wild Wild Country), or talk shows (The Break with Michelle Wolf) that have aired this year. Also, to qualify, a show has to have begun a new season or made its US debut during calendar year 2018. Either way, keep checking back, because I’ll be updating and re-ranking this puppy frequently.

#6 Billions (Showtime)

Season 3, 12 episodes
The only thing that would make this Showtime drama any more like Face/Off, the beloved 1997 action movie starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, is if Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis switched faces. The glee with which they fuck with each other, sans face-swap, is at the same level of intensity, and it’s just as much fun to watch

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Billions Season 3 Out On DVD – Sept 25, 2018

Own Billion$

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 25, 2018

Billions season three has been released today on DVD! Available at Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon, Best Buy or your local store. Overview: This drama reveals the lives and machinations of powerful players in high finance. Set in New York, a wealthy hedge fund manager uses all of his cunning to engineer profitable trades. Such ambition naturally leads to corruption, and a U.S. attorney pursues a case against the manager. Unexpected tips and revealed secrets swing their fortunes back and forth. These two strong personalities drive the action in each episode as the love of money crosses legal boundaries.

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Bobby Axelrod is Getting His Own Slot Machine – Sept 19, 2018

Jackpot!

by Christopher Palmeri | Bloomberg | September 19, 2018

Bobby Axelrod, the fictional hedge-fund manager in the Showtime series Billions, is getting his own slot machine — something Gordon Gekko could only dream of. The high stakes world of the hit TV show Billions will soon be coming to casinos, thanks to a licensing agreement between Aristocrat, CBS Consumer Products, and Showtime Networks.

The game will feature the popular Mighty Cash™ feature, as well as a $500,000 progressive start-up jackpot, according to a statement Wednesday. It will be unveiled in booth #1141 at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the casino industry trade show that begins October 8 in Las Vegas.

According to Markets Business Insider,

“The Billions Slot Game is based on Season 1 and 2, which includes fans’ favorite characters such as Chuck RhoadesBobby AxelrodWendy RhoadesLara Axelrod, and Taylor Mason.

The game appears on Aristocrat’s revolutionary flame55™ cabinet. The flame55 is complete with a 55″ double-curved HD monitor – the largest portrait double-curved display in the non-jumbo segment – ergonomic engineering, 4k-capable display, 2.1 stereo audio, individually controlled dynamic infinity edge LED lighting, a virtual button deck, and an exclusive beacon sign package.

While the slot-machine industry has licensed movies and TV shows for decades, manufacturers and casinos often opted for older titles that appealed to the typically more mature players on casino floors.

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Five Fixed Income ETFs that Bobby Axelrod Would Play – Sept 11, 2018

Any Chance Axelrod Gets to Slight the U.S. Government is a Winner in His Book

by Ben Hernandez | ETF Trends | September 11, 2018

Treasure chests of money tinged with corruption amid a backdrop of high finance makes for an interesting show and with a character like fictitious hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod, expertly played by actor Damian Lewis, Showtime network’s television series “Billions” takes viewers on a seemingly endless game of chess. Whenever there’s money to be made, rest assured that the ambitious Axelrod is in the eye of the storm regardless of the asset class, including bonds.

In the second season of “Billions,” Axelrod showed that his multi-strategy hedge fund, Axe Capital, is not averse to the fixed-income space. With word that a casino was headed to sleepy town Sandicot, Axelrod snapped up the city’s distressed municipal bonds in an effort to capitalize on its impending rise in prices should the casino plans actually come to fruition.

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Fifty Billion Shades of Gray – Aug 24, 2018

Billions: Integrating Mental Health, Finance, Silicon Valley Industries and Law and Order, with a Little Yonkers-Secret-Recipe-Pizza

by Anna Kornbluh | Los Angeles Review of Books | August 24, 2018

Ten years ago, the collapse of Lehman Brothers triggered the global financial crisis of 2008. Democrats were eight years in power, and their failure to prosecute the corporate criminals behind the crisis surely ranks as their biggest legacy. That failure was the condition of possibility for the anti-elite narrative that inspired the white working class and the white upper class to support a genuinely fascist insurgency before and beyond November 2016. It was also the condition of possibility for Billions.

Across its three seasons on Showtime, Billions explores the aftermath of Lehman’s and Obama’s 2008 peaks, tracking the waning and waxing faculty of elite professionals to steer their careers and helm the most powerful country in the world. The show is built around an extended parallel between outer-borough upstart Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis), principal of the wildly fruitful hedge fund Axe Capital, and Manhattan WASP Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), US Attorney for the New York Southern District and hero of a counterfactual recent past in which 81 bankers and traders were successfully prosecuted for their outlaw engineering of toxic asset slides. Rhoades fancies himself a just warrior, fighting against “[these] Teflon corporations that defraud the American people on a grand scale.” As the series opens he levels his gaze at Axe, the Moby-Dick of parkour finance.

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