Showtime picks up second season of new hit series Billions, the network’s highest-rated freshman series premiere ever. Now available on STARZPlay.com
On the heels of delivering the biggest premiere week ever for the network, Showtime has picked up its new critically-acclaimed drama Billions for a second season. Billions had the best series debut performance ever for a Showtime original series with 6.5 million viewers, besting the series premiere of Ray Donovan by 7 percent. Starring Oscar nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis, Billions can be streamed on STARZPlay.com same day as live episode airing in the United States.
BILLIONS is a bold, contemporary drama series that melds the worlds of ultra-wealth, influence and corruption as personified in two highly ambitious opposing figures: hard-charging, blue-blooded, politically connected U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and brilliant, calculating, blue-collar billionaire hedge fund king, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis). Set amongst the Machiavellian machinations of New York City power politics and finance, Billions weaves a complex, intricate narrative featuring a high-stakes game of predator-versus-prey. Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile and Condola Rashad also star. BILLIONS is created, written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Ocean’s Thirteen, Rounders). The series is also created and executive produced by Andrew Ross Sorkin (Too Big To Fail). For more information about Billions follow STARZPlay.com on Twitter, and Facebook.
Meet the Players
Chuck sees himself as a sheriff going after the corrupt big-business crooks on Wall Street. Even though he is careful and calculating, Chuck is prone to outbursts if his pride or position as a just man is challenged. Despite going after wealthy law breakers, Chuck comes from a well-off family himself and it will be interesting to see how this plays into his dynamic in the future
Bobby is a competitive alpha male billionaire, he comes from blue collar roots and is damn proud of the money he made. Despite being rich from morally questionable source he is not necessarily a 100% of a bad guy. He is generous and loyal and an all around good family man. He’s also a tragic figure of sorts who became the sole survivor at his hedge fund after his fellow work partners died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Bobby has pledged to pay all of his fallen comrades’ kids’ college tuitions.
Wendy is as powerful as the titans she surrounds herself with. As Bobby’s in-house performance coach and Paul’s wife she finds herself in a precarious position between two men that will clash horns in the near future. Luckily she knows what these men need and that gives her an edge against both of them them. In addition to keeping the sharks in Bobby’s hedge fund firm at top performance shape, she still has a strong moral compass and believes in her husband.
Despite being married to a billionaire, Lara is a guy’s girl and proud of her working class roots. Bobby and her both came from humble roots and grew into one of the most powerful couple’s in New York. She’s a family woman who loves her husband and kids fiercely while also enjoying all the influence her new wealth has brought.
[A Section of this article was taken from a Showtime Press Release]