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Posted Friday 1/11/19 at 6:19PM EST
Billions unveils its Season 4 trailer
"When everyone is out for revenge, no one is safe," says the Showtime series, which returns on March 17.
Posted Wednesday 1/02/19 at 10:27AM EST
Billions creators sued by woman alleging she was the inspiration for Maggie Siff's character
Wall Street performance coach Denise Shull alleges that co-creator Andrew Ross Sorkin, a New York Times financial columnist, "ripped off" her character without paying her or obtaining her permission. Shull claims she inspired the Dr. Wendy Rhoades character played by Siff. She's also suing Sorkin's fellow co-creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien, as well as Showtime CEO David Nevins and the network's corporate parent, CBS.
Posted Wednesday 12/19/18 at 1:28PM EST
Billions teases Season 4
The Showtime series has released the first taste of the fourth season three months before the March 17 season premiere.
Posted Monday 8/27/18 at 3:09PM EDT
Samantha Mathis boards Billions
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Strain alum will join the Showtime series full-time next season, playing the new COO of Taylor Mason Capital.
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Billions promotes Kelly AuCoin to series regular
AuCoin has appeared on 30 episodes of the Showtime series as "Dollar" Bill Stearn.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Billions' Season 3 finale was two season finales merged into one
Source: The A.V. Club
"For the last half of the third season of Billions, we’ve been watching two separate shows interweaved, connected only by the character of Wendy Rhoades," says Scott Von Doviak. "There was a tantalizing moment, about halfway through it, when Chuck and Axe set aside their mutual animosity in order to settle a matter that had become an enormous thorn in both of their sides. It was brief, and when it was over, the series split in two. There was the Chuck Show and the Axe Show, and never the twain did meet. The genius of 'Elmsley Count' (a reference to a magician’s sleight-of-hand that Taylor uses even as she’s pulling it on Axe) is that it continues on that path, stitching two separate season finales together, until its concluding moments when the promise of the fragile alliance hinted at weeks ago finally pays off."
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Billions star Maggie Siff likes to joke that her TV career has made her "the queen of toxic masculinity"
Source: The Cut
Siff points out her Mad Men and Sons of Anarchy characters both met untimely ends. When it comes to Billions, she says, “I’ve told the guys, ‘You are not allowed to kill me off.’” Siff has become a fan-favorite on the Showtime series, described recently as “the most villainous villain on Billions.” “I play with her stillness because she sits and listens, and she listens in a way that is kind of supposed to make people squirm a bit," says Siff. ALSO: Everyone vapes on Billions.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
On a show full of bad guys, Billions' Maggie Siff plays the "most villainous villain"
Source: The Ringer
Siff's Wendy Rhoades "is frequently a go-between for Billions’ two male leads. She’s married to one and employed by the other, stuck in what seems like a completely preposterous situation," says Kate Knibbs. "But this is an ideal arrangement for Wendy: Instead of psychologically steering one of New York’s most powerful men, she gets to psychologically steer two of them, all while making them feel guilty for putting her in a position she is secretly thrilled to inhabit."
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
A midseason reboot has enabled Billions to sustain its Season 3 momentum
Source: The Ringer
The Showtime series is the perfect example of the upside of discarding storylines, says Alison Herman. "Billions unabashedly operates in the tradition of a soap opera, which is what gives the show part of its subversive charge—a saga of masculinity and men shaped into a template typically marketed toward women," she says. "Besides the Oedipal struggles and operatic smackdowns, what Billions borrows from this influence is a willingness to burn through stories at a disarming speed, keeping the audience on its toes and invested. Crucially, though, (creators Brian) Koppelman and (David) Levien never go so fast that they deprive Billions of meaningful stakes."
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 1:08PM EDT
Showtime renews Billions for Season 4, will move it to an earlier hour starting May 6
The Paul Giamatti-Damian Lewis drama series will shift to 9 p.m. timeslot starting May 6 to accommodate the second season premiere of Jim Carrey’s I’m Dying Up Here.
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 10:49PM EDT
Billions has thankfully turned its characters into caricatures
Source: The New Republic
"When I first started watching Billions, I worried that it might be another high-gloss, high-budget excuse to show the trappings of wealth on screen," says Rachel Syme. "But as its third season airs, I have come to appreciate the purposefulness of its exaggerations. Billions is written in extended metaphors, strings of expletives, grandiloquent monologues, fire and brimstone soliloquies ... If the monologues feel epic and overdetermined, it is because they are meant to highlight the farcical, barbaric aspects of the entire Wall Street apparatus. We are supposed to cringe when Chuck and Axe collide and speak to each other like cocksure generals preparing for battle; their swagger and hyperbole are meant to be comical. Billions is a melodrama, a gleeful jab at the men who think they are kings."
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
Billions has evolved to offer TV's best critique of toxic masculinity
Season 3 has turned its attention on gender thanks to the emergence of nonbinary actor Asia Kate Dillon from a bit player to a central part of the series. Her role as Taylor has "crystallized the themes of gender and power that the show had previously been circling less certainly," says Alison Wilmore, adding: "Billions is not exclusively a show about men, but it is shaped by masculinity to the extent that most of its women — formidable, brainy, tough — are seen through the ways they've had to learn how to navigate the expectations and biases of men. They shield themselves when needed, soften their edges when it's advantageous, and contend with being seen as sexual objects."
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Why is Malin Akerman's Billions character so different this season?
Her Lara Axelrod character is behaving in Season 3 like the "anti-Lara."
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 10:29PM EDT
Is Billions set in the Trump universe?
The Season 3 premiere makes it clear who is president of the United States on the Showtime series.
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 9:54PM EDT
Why Billions is TV's most addictive show
"It’s true that the writing on Billions occasionally seems a little obvious, the acting a tad bombastic, and the visual aesthetic somewhat overly slick," says Steven Hyden. "But no other cable drama currently on TV is as adept at delivering red-meat conflict in a way that’s both playful and ruthless, with scores of quotable lines and a multitude of colorful, love-to-hate-’em anti-heroes. Even a character that might be an afterthought on most shows (like the kindly old father of the protagonist) carries himself on Billions like Tony Montana with a death squad outside of his door. This soapy, go-for-broke audacity of Billions is what hooked me in and continue to keep me addicted." ALSO: Billions is especially terrific with its hilarious dialogue.