An acclaimed drama series running on pay cable is delivering its best numbers of the season, and has received a pickup for a third season. The series is Showtime’s “Billions,” starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis.
“‘Billions’ delivered the network’s biggest sophomore debut since ‘Homeland,’ and had its best telecast of the season this past Sunday night, up 13 percent versus the season two premiere telecast,” Showtime said in its announcement. The program airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks Inc., commented: “‘Billions’ continues to be a show on the rise, growing not only in audience, but in critical buzz and cultural relevance. It offers a unique mix of pure entertainment with sly commentary on our current have/have-not economy. Season two is off to a tremendous start, and has only whetted our audience’s appetite for what will come in season three.”
The announcement notes: “Season two of ‘Billions’ picked up immediately after the season one finale, as hard-charging U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) squares off against billionaire hedge fund king Bobby ‘Axe’ Axelrod (Lewis), scorching the earth in a costly war for personal domination. It’s law versus money, with power, sex, and the soul of New York in the balance.”
Other series regulars include Maggie Siff and Malin Akerman. The impressive lineup of guest stars on tap during season two includes Rob Morrow, Dan Soder, Kelly AuCoin, Mary-Louise Parker, Danny Strong, James Wolk, Christopher Denham, Glenn Fleshler, Asia Kate Dillon and Eric Bogosian.
The series is created, written and executive produced by showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien, with Andrew Ross Sorkin also a creator on the show.