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As things heat up on the new Showtime series “Billions,” showrunner Brian Koppelman says that the battle between U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) is only going to get more complex. “As the season gets going, these two guys come at each other in ways that aren’t obvious,” Koppelman told TheWrap. “They’re both masters of game theory and their attacks are rarely frontal and direct. They’re more often serpentine and indirect.” Episode three of “Billions” will see Rhoades dig back into his investigation of Axelrod after Axelrod threw him off »
- Joe Otterson
Stan chief executive, Mike Sneesby.
Streaming service Stan has signed a long-term exclusive licensing agreement with CBS to become the official Australian home of Showtime.
The deal will bring all future Showtime series and hundreds of hours of programming to the Australian streaming service.
.It will also provide Stan with an exclusive license to the Showtime brand and trademark.
The agreement kicked off earlier this week with the premiere of Billions in Australia, following its series debut in the Us..
Stan chief executive, Mike Sneesby, said the deal rounded out an amazing first year for Stan, "with more than 1.5 million Australians having used the service across almost 700,000 subscriptions since our launch on Australia Day 2015..
"Showtime is one of the world.s greatest creators of television programming, and we are delighted to enter this long-term partnership, cementing our position as Australia.s leading local Svod service. »
- Staff Writer
Wall Street’s Powers That Be (read: Showtime) have formally announced plans to continue financial drama Billions into season 2.
Brian Koppelman and David Levien’s acclaimed series may claim that power is the ultimate currency, but record-breaking viewing figures aren’t too shabby, either. According to Showtime, Koppelman and Levien – who created, wrote and executive produce the show – premiered Billions earlier this month when it became the highest debut ever for a freshman series in the network’s history.
That’s quite the feat, and the mere fact that Billions has earned a season 2 order even though only two episodes of the Wall Street thriller have aired is a testimony to the show’s ability to make a stellar first impression. Indeed, Showtime noted that, when accounting for delayed viewing, the premiere for Koppelman and Levien’s ludicrously entertaining drama pulled in 6.5 million viewers, eclipsing the previous record set by »
- Michael Briers
Showtime has renewed its new drama “Billions” for a second season, TheWrap has learned. Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis star on the financial drama from Brian Koppelman and David Levien. “Billions” pits U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) against hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis) in an intense feud between two powerful New York figures. Also Read: 'Billions' Bows to 1.4 Million Viewers Their power struggle is further complicated by Rhoades’ wife (Maggie Siff), who works in Axelrod’s company. The “Billions” series premiere was watched by 1.4 million total viewers. The new series had already accounted for 1.6 million »
- Linda Ge
Following a strong premiere, Showtime’s new Wall Street drama Billions has been picked up for a second season just two episodes into its freshman run. The opening episode of the series starring Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti garnered 6.5 million multiplatform viewers in its first week to set a Showtime record, topping the 2013 Ray Donovan debut by 7%. Created and executive produced by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin, Billions takes an insider look at… »
The consensus at the moment seems to be that working in television is godsend for filmmakers, particularly those who can't get much traction in Hollywood. But what goes undiscussed is that the move to the small screen can be a waystation for those who still have a thirst to tell their own stories on the big screen. And it's that interesting perspective that filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden bring in their talk on "The Moment" podcast. Read More: Review: Underwhelming 'Mississippi Grind' starring Ryan Reynolds And Ben Mendelsohn In conversation with Brian Koppelman (the pair have worked on his show "Billions"), Fleck and Boden are candid about their disappointment that their latest film "Mississippi Grind," starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn, wasn't better received (you can hear how it still stings a bit in their talk). The duo also talk about jumping into television (they've directed episodes »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Millions have checked out Showtime’s “Billions,” which has become the premium cable network’s most-watched original series debut ever across platforms.
Nielsen estimates that the Wall Street drama “Billions” drew 2.99 million viewers for its premiere, with 1.4 million viewers watching on the network Sunday and another 1.6 million sampling the drama early across platforms. The cume total breaks the previous Showtime premiere record of 2.91 million for “Ray Donovan” in June 2013 when including that show’s premiere-night number (1.4 million) and advance sampling on subscriber platforms (roughly 1.5 million).
“Billions,” starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, airs Sundays at 10 p.m., following “Shameless.” It melds the worlds of ultra-wealth, influence and corruption as personified in two highly ambitious opposing figures: politically connected U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis). Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile and Condola Rashad also star.
“Billions” is created, »
- Rick Kissell
The wolves of Wall Street have been an elusive target for television dramatists.
Even the wave of antiheroes unleashed by Tony Soprano has yet to yield a show revolving around the megalomaniacs who rule the financial sector.
Showtime chief David Nevins has long sought a series set in the investment arena, going back more than 15 years to his days as head of development at Fox. Writer-producers Brian Koppelman and David Levien have pursued the same prize on and off for a decade. Andrew Ross Sorkin, the influential New York Times business writer, knew there was great narrative drama to be mined from the world he covers.
The invisible hand of the market — with a little push from CAA — brought those mutual interests together during »
- Cynthia Littleton
For the longest time, I couldn't figure out what to make of "Billions," the new Showtime drama debuting Sunday at 10, starring Damian Lewis as a shady billionaire hedge fund trader and Paul Giamatti as the U.S. attorney looking to bring him down. It has two strong leading men (and did a nice job casting Malin Akerman and Maggie Siff as their respective spouses), and in Brian Koppelman and David Levien (who wrote "Rounders" together) and Andrew Ross Sorkin (who wrote "Too Big to Fail" and knows Wall Street as well as any reporter on the planet), it has a trio of creators who know how to write intimately about both the super-wealthy and gamblers, and the way that the former often have to act like the latter. "Billions" has all the bonafides. Yet as I watched one episode after another, I found myself wondering why I was meant to care about any of it. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Debuting on January 17, Showtime's drama Billions is a very different take on the lifestyles of the ultra-rich and infamous. As my video review above says, the 12-episode Wall Street-set soapy series created by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and the New York Times‘ Andrew Ross Sorkin presents a very nice way to spend your winter Sundays with pivotal performances from Maggie Siff and Malin Akerman. Sure, Billions is ostensibly about the war between overly confident working… »
The golden shower in the first 80 seconds of Showtime’s “Billions” definitely got guests talking at Thursday’s Museum of Modern Art premiere for the new drama.
“It wasn’t scripted that way initially, but then we found it was the most provocative, powerful and entertaining way to begin the series,” explained pilot director Neil Burger.
“I didn’t think about it one way or another,” said Paul Giamatti. “When I read the whole story I was all for it. Just a part of the character that was interesting.”
The Wall Street drama about the ultra-wealthy on Wall Street, pits hedge-fund titan, Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) against an ambitious U.S. attorney, Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti).
“That scene was always in the script from day one,” said exec producer Brian Koppelman. “There were times when it was the second scene and not the first, but it was always the way you met Chuck Rhodes. »
- Addie Morfoot
Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman and Damian Lewis all turned out for the premiere of their new Showtime series Billions at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art Thursday night. ‘Billions’ Premiere Lewis, who previously starred on Showtime’s Homeland, plays hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod in Billions, created by Brian Koppelman. The series will follow Axe as he tries […]
- Chelsea Regan
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