8 items from 2016
Created for Netflix by Drew Goddard, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, "Daredevil" is set in the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' ('McU'), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise, and is the first in a series of shows that will lead up to a "Defenders" crossover miniseries.
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- Michael Stevens
Spoiler Alert: Do not read unless you have seen the April 10 season one finale of “Billions,” “The Conversation.”
The big finish of the first season of “Billions” — the fiery confrontation between Chuck Rhoades and Bobby Axelrod — was in fact the big finish after six months of filming on season one. Brian Koppelman and David Levien, showrunners and co-creators of the Showtime drama with Andrew Ross Sorkin, made a point of making that the last scene lensed.
Just as it was important to stoke anticipation for the inevitable showdown between Chuck and Axe among viewers, it was important to have some tension building up for stars Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis. Saving that sequence for last allowed both actors to leave it all on the floor — the decimated floor of Axe Capital.
“We really went out of our way to make that the last shot of the season,” Levien told Variety. »
- Cynthia Littleton
The new Billions TV series revolves around the world of high-finance where the stakes are very high -- not unlike the world of television. How will this high-profile Showtime drama perform in the ratings? Will it be cancelled or renewed? Stay tuned.
On the Billions TV show, sharp U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) leads the charge against corruption in American finance. Meanwhile, a self-made billionaire named Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) controls one of the most lucrative hedge funds in the world. With stakes in the billions of dollars, the two are on a collision course and use their intelligence, power, and influence to outsmart the other. The rest of the cast includes Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, and Condola Rashad.
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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
Billions just hit the jackpot. The Showtime series has been renewed for a second season after just two airings. Alternative way of looking it? Showtime really loves Damian Lewis. Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, Condola Rashad and David Costabile star in the series from Brian Koppleman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin. According to Showtime, the first episode of the new drama amassed 6.5 million viewers across platforms during its first week, making it the biggest premiere week ever for the cable network. In the series, Giamatti plays Chuck Rhoades, a ruthless Us Attorney who isn't a fan of wealthy individuals who can buy their way out of legal problems. Lewis plays Bobby »
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: January 17, 2016 — present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
This contemporary New York drama is set in the world of high finance. Wealth, influence, and corruption, connections, calculations, and machinations rule the day.
A sharp U.S. Attorney, Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) leads the charge against corruption in American finance. A storied prosecutor, Rhoades has reigned victorious in 81 insider trading trials. He has not lost one.
A self-made billionaire, Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis), controls one of the most lucrative hedge funds in the world. This fortuitous 9/11 survivor remembers his leaner roots, even while leading a luxurious lifestyle.Read More… »
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.
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- Rick Kissell
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
8 items from 2016
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