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Tight Writing, Intriguing Payoffs as Billions Begins New Season on Showtime – March 25, 2018

“Irresistible Characters, Addictive Story Lines and Great Writing”

by Stephen Spignesi | New Haven Register | March 25, 2018

SPOILERS – READ AT YOUR OWN RISK

Major changes are afoot when Showtime’s financial intrigue series “Billions” returns for its third season March 25 at 10 p.m. with the episode “The Tie Goes to the Runner.”

At the end of Season 2, hedge-fund billionaire Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis) was seen Ubering his way home after posting bail following his arrest on a slew of charges by his nemesis U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades Jr. (New Haven’s own Paul Giamatti). Axe had deliberately sabotaged the Ice Juice company’s signature juice product and made people sick so Ice Juice’s initial public offering would tank and Rhoades would lose a fortune, which he did.

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The Billionaires’ Club – March 23, 2018

Rich Pickings: Is this Show the New Dallas? Why Billions is a Fascinating Watch

by Dominic Corry | Weekend Herald | March 23, 2018

Boiling tensions, billionaires and low morals – it all makes Billions a must watch TV show. That and the seller cast, who include Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti.

Pity the 1 per cent. The world is a tough place for the richest of the rich right now. With economic inequality and corporate malfeasance on the rise – not to mention a certain self-proclaimed rich guy currently nudging the Western world off a cliff – there is more public emnity for billionaires than ever before. Yet we cannot look away.

Which is part of why Billions is such a fascinating watch. It charts the high-stakes game of brinksmanship between hot-shot billionaire hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and US Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), whose all-consuming passion is to put Axelrod in jail.

There are extreme contradictions in both men: Rhoades is driven by a crusading sense of justice, but is more than willing to bend the rules if it means seeing Axelrod behind bars – and at the end of last season showed he was prepared to suffer great personal loss in his pursuit of that goal.

Axelrod, on the other hand, is a ruthless businessman who came from humble beginnings. He will happily destroy multiple lives with a single trade, yet often displays flashes of considerable humanity.

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Billions Bot: Your Own Personal Portfolio on Facebook Messenger – March 23, 2018

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by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 23, 2018

Today, Billions announced the interactive Billions Bot, a personal portfolio on your Facebook Messenger.  Simply log into m.me/BillionsOnShowtime, answer a couple of questions: 1) are you about justice or money and 2) pick a team – #TeamAxe or #TeamChuck and voila, you’re onboard with your own personal portfolio. The portfolio showcases content in six separate categories as you swipe through deciding where to invest your time. Here are the six:

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Video: Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti Discuss Billions – March 23, 2018

A Modern-Day Tom and Jerry

by Samantha Lear | TV Insider | March 23, 2018

The cat-and-mouse chase that makes watching Billions so thrilling is about to up the ante in Season 3.

Ahead of the March 25 premiere, the stars of the Showtime series, Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, gave TV Insider a heads up about what’s to come for their respective characters, U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades and hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod.

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Billions Season 3 Finally Shows Real-World Consequences for What Its Bad People Do – March 23, 2018

“Billions Has Never Been Subtle”

by Liam Mathews | TV Guide  | March 23, 2018

Warning: There are light spoilers for Billions Season 3 ahead.

In its first two seasons, Billions — Showtime’s elevated soap opera about a crooked hedge fund billionaire and the U.S. Attorney determined to bring him down — was almost exclusively focused on the interpersonal manipulations of its characters. It avoided examining the larger world in which its titans played and how their petty feuds and reckless actions trickled down to the little people who bear the consequences of financial and political malfeasance.

There were brief flashes of it. Bobby Axelrod’s (Damian Lewis) brutal treatment of an already economically depressed town after his plan to build a casino there fell through is the most notable example, but mostly the show existed in a vacuum. It presented Bobby Axelrod as a bad guy because he’s a vindictive cheater and not for the real, broader reason, which is that the ruthless capitalism he engages in profits off the suffering of people he has the luxury of not thinking about.

That changes in Season 3, which premieres on Sunday, March 25. It’s not the Bernie Sanders Show all of a sudden, but it develops a political conscience it previously lacked. Which is good, because even though he’s a cool, smart guy who loves his kids, you’re not supposed to root for Bobby Axelrod.

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