A drama series that is currently in its third season will be back for a fourth after being renewed by Showtime. The pay-cable channel announced the pickup today for “Billions,” starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis.
The show’s third season premiered March 25 and has been airing on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. Showtime announced that the series will move to 9 p.m. starting May 6 to anchor the channel’s Sunday night lineup.
On May 6 “Billions” will be the lead-in to the season two premiere of “I’m Dying Up Here.”
“The season three premiere of ‘Billions’ was its highest-rated ever, up 23 percent from last year,” Showtime announced. “‘Billions’ ranks as the network’s No. 2 drama series behind ‘Homeland.'”
Gary Levine, president of programming for Showtime Networks Inc., announced the renewal.
“‘Billions’ continues to build its audience as it explores the heights of power and wealth even as it plumbs the depths of the human psyche,” Levine said.
Showtime released the following description of the current season:
“Season three of ‘Billions’ finds Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and Bobby Axelrod (Lewis) in a world that has shifted on its axis. Both men are still determined to destroy the other, but must also battle for their own survival amid new forces and powerful enemies. Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff), Chuck’s wife and Axe’s performance coach, is all in for both of them, an uneasy and dangerous position for her, and one that ultimately puts her to a decision that could alter the direction of her life irrevocably. Money, power, justice and revenge are all on the line for each of these characters as well as those played by the rest of the stellar cast, including Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, Condola Rashad, Asia Kate Dillon and Jeffrey DeMunn.”
The series is created and executive produced by showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien. ‘Billions” was also created by Andrew Ross Sorkin.