Showtime Renews 'Billions' For A Third Season
Today's news from Showtime should come as know surprise to fans of the series Billions.
After a stellar first season, Showtime’s Billions returns for its second season on February 19th at 10pm ET/PT. The series stars Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti and follows their lives as they navigate the world of power politics in New York high finance.
David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc, had some big announcements at the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour today.
Today, SHOWTIME unveiled a first look teaser for the new drama series BILLIONS, premiering in early 2016. Starring Oscar nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti (John Adams) and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis (Homeland), BILLIONS is a 21st-century examination of the profit and peril of chasing the American dream.
SHOWTIME has picked up the drama BILLIONS to series for 12 one-hour episodes, it was announced today by David Nevins, President of Showtime Networks Inc. Starring Oscar nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe® winner Paul Giamatti and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis, the series is a complex and contemporary drama about power politics in the New York world of high finance. BILLIONS is written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Ocean's Thirteen, Rounders), and Andrew Ross Sorkin (Too Big To Fail). Beginning production later this year, the series will shoot in New York and is slated for a 2016 premiere.
Today, SHOWTIME announced that Oscar nominee and Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man) and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis (Homeland) have been cast in the lead roles of the complex, contemporary drama pilot BILLIONS. Written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman and David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin, BILLIONS is a fictional drama that takes a forensic look at the world of high finance by tracking the approaching collision between two titanic figures – the hard charging, whip-smart U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes (Giamatti), and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king, Bobby "Axe" Axelrod (Lewis). Acclaimed director Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Divergent, Limitless) has signed on to direct the drama pilot, which will be filmed in New York in early 2015.
One of the most critically-acclaimed and lauded actors in the business, Paul Giamatti’s varied roles have garnered countless nominations and wins, including an Academy Award® nomination for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role” for his role in the feature film Cinderella Man, and multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and wins for his work across film and television. His feature film credits include Sideways, Saving Mr. Banks, The Ides of March, American Splendor, Barney's Version, Win Win, The Last Station, Cold Souls, Straight Outta Compton, 12 Years a Slave and The Illusionist, which was produced by BILLIONS executive producers Brian Koppelman and David Levien. His television and miniseries credits include John Adams, Too Big To Fail – which was based on the best-selling book by BILLIONS executive producer Andrew Ross Sorkin – and Downton Abbey, which earned him an Emmy Award nomination for “Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series” earlier this year. Giamatti was honored with a Golden Globe in 2011 for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture” for his work in Barney's Version. He was also recognized with a Golden Globe for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television” and an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie” for his lead role in John Adams. He is the recipient of multiple Screen Actors Guild Award wins for his work in Too Big to Fail, John Adams, Cinderella Man and Sideways.
SHOWTIME has ordered BILLIONS, a new complex, contemporary drama pilot from a script by Andrew Ross Sorkin (Too Big To Fail), and Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Ocean's Thirteen, Rounders), who will also executive produce. BILLIONS is a fictional drama that focuses on the collision and, at times, collusion between an aggressive U.S. attorney in New York and some of the richest hedge fund billionaires in the country. BILLIONS marks the first pilot pick-up for SHOWTIME this year.