BILLIONS Sneak Peeks: Disappearing Act

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Bobby “Axe” Axelrod made a stunning pronouncement at the end of last week’s BILLIONS when he seemingly shut down his fund. In this week’s episode he orders his traders to unload all of their positions and then he disappears from Axe Capital.

Naturally, that sends the firm into chaos. Has Axe decided to retire from the money came for good? As he’s MIA from the firm and planning a trip on his yacht, Wags and Wendy are left to hold down the fort and eventually Wendy reaches out to Axe to figure out what her old friend is up to.

Meanwhile Chuck learns about Axe’s disappearance and is confused as to the money man’s strategy. He goes into high gear to find out more and is eventually led to a farm in Iowa where he discovers a questionable trade and a key witness. Now armed with some solid evidence, Chuck heads to Axe Capital to make a very surprising arrest.

Don’t miss an all new episode of BILLIONS tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

BILLIONS Sneak Peeks: Making a Play

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Axe decides to take his childhood friends on a spontaneous trip to see Metallica in concert in Montreal in this week’s BILLIONS. At the concert he’s meets a beautiful and free-spirited young woman who tempts him and makes him question the limits of his own freedom. He also gets some interesting news from his “fixer” about Chuck’s investigation.

During his trip, Axe is also forced to fend off a short squeeze on one of his important holdings led by Chuck’s father (leading Chuck to be furious at his father for stock manipulation) and deal with a betrayal from one of his oldest friends.

Back in New York, Chuck and his team sits down for a day-long proffer session with Pete Decker, who shares with him important facts about the inner workings of Axe Capital and of Axe himself.

And when Axe returns from his trip he’s going to make a huge decision about the future of his firm.

Don’t miss an all new episode of BILLIONS tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

BILLIONS Sneak Peeks: Of Books and Power Play

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Lara learns some disturbing news in this week’s BILLIONS that sets her on the warpath.

After learning that June is going to be publishing a book about her experience getting through 9/11, Lara suspects and then later confirms that June has written things that are damaging to Bobby. In particular, one chapter could seriously damage his reputation and cast a sketchy light on his past. But Lara isn’t one to take the destruction of her family lying down and so she systematically attempts to ruin June’s life until she relents and removes that chapter from her book. Let’s just say that Lara’s power as an Axelrod reaches far and wide and June has no idea what she’s in for.

Over at Chuck’s office, he learns that while he was pursuing Steven Birch, the rival Eastern District made inroads in the case against Bobby and now Chuck is desperate to get the case back and take all of the glory for himself. Chuck is forced to make a trade to regain control of Pete Decker — a key witness and a hedge fund manager who is close to Bobby.

Finally, Bobby is making an activist play for YumTime, a family owned bakery corporation. As it turns out, Chuck’s father has a very personal connection to YumTime, proving that Bobby is prepared to strike at the Rhodes family any way he can.

Don’t miss an all new episode of BILLIONS on January 31 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

BILLIONS Renewed for Season 2 by Showtime

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Showtime believes in BILLIONS. The new series starring Damien Lewis and Paul Giamatti has been given a second season renewal after airing of two episodes in its freshman season.

The premiere episode did well for Showtime, pulling in garnered 6.5 million multi-platform viewers in its first week to set a new Showtime record, topping the RAY DONOVAN debut by 7%.

BILLIONS airs on Sundays at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

BILLIONS Sneak Peeks: Guarding Against Outsiders

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Axe takes precautions in this week’s all new episode of BILLIONS. After basically daring Chuck to pursue him, he installs rigorous compliance measures to protect the company against the investigation started by Chuck and his office. Back at the US Attorney’s office, their attention is derailed by their concurrent investigation into an Axe rival, billionaire Steven Birch. And Axe’s fixer, Hall, cultivates a mole inside the US Attorney’s office.

Meanwhile, when Axe impulsively fires an employee who disagrees with him, he compels Wendy to try and clean up the mess that the former trader could cause for him, thus proving her loyalty to the firm. Axe also proves that he can hold on to an old grudge for a very long time when he makes an aggressive move under the guise of a charitable contribution to the symphony.

Don’t miss an all new episode of BILLIONS on January 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

BILLIONS Teasers and Sneak Peeks: Welcome to the Jungle

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There’s been a lot of movies and television shows focused on the worst of Wall Street lately, including the upcoming ABC miniseries MADOFF and the newly released film THE BIG SHORT. And in some respects, the new Showtime series BILLIONS focuses on the same themes, including greed and skirting the law to earn vast sums of money. But BILLIONS also gives an interesting look into the individual players in this enormous system.

We open the premiere of BILLIONS with an S&M scene — one involving U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes as the one who is being dominated. Which is very different from his professional life where he is always in control and doesn’t like prostrating himself before anyone else. Someone from the SEC approaches him with a suspect insider trading pattern that links back to Bobby “Axe” Axelrod. But Chuck knows he has to tread lightly with this one because Axe is considered a “man of the people” — someone who came from nothing to build an enormous and profitable hedge fund and never forgets his old friends. He very much presents himself as a family man and a charitable guy (although, there’s definitely something that happened around the time of 9/11 that could cast Axe in an unfavorable light). Chuck’s wife — Wendy Rhodes — is also the performance coach at Axe Capital and is a close friend of Bobby’s, which complicates the situation.

During a press conference to announce some recent busts and convictions, a financial journalist accuses Chuck of refusing to go after Bobby because of a conflict in his own house, which goads Chuck into proceeding. After all, the last thing he wants is an accusation that he’s showing anyone preferential treatment — and that goes for his wealthy businessman father as well (a point that keeps coming up throughout the season).

Meanwhile, Axe proves himself intelligent, speaking to his backroom contacts to protect himself at every turn when he gets word he’s being targeted for an investigation. And it doesn’t hurt that his wife, Lara, is a tough woman who is prepared to threaten and manipulate people in order to secure the family’s reputation.

Don’t miss the series premiere of BILLIONS on January 17 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

Showtime at TCA: SHAMELESS Renewed, I’M DYING UP HERE Picked Up & Premiere Dates Announced

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Showtime made several announcements during its TCA presentation today. First up was the announcement that SHAMELESS has been renewed for a 12-episode seventh season. “SHAMELESS has clearly resonated with audiences as evidenced by their steady growth on Sunday nights over the past 6 years,” said Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. “We are extremely pleased with the creative work being done by John Wells, Nancy Pimental and the entire cast, producers and writers – and we so appreciate SHAMELESS’ clear and distinctive voice.”

The network also announced premiere dates for two returning series. HOUSE OF LIES will return on Sunday, April 10th at 9 PM ET/PT and PENNY DREADFUL will air its season premiere on Sunday, May 1st at 10 PM ET/PT.

Finally, Showtime announced that it has picked up I’M DYING UP HERE to series. “Set in L.A.’s celebrated, infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s, during which the careers of many of the comedy superstars began, the series delves into the inspired and damaged psyches that are required to stand alone in front of an audience and make them laugh”. Jim Carrey serves as executive producer and I’M DYING UP HERE stars Academy Award® winner Melissa Leo (THE FIGHTER), Ari Graynor (FOR A GOOD TIME CALL), Clark Duke (THE OFFICE), Michael Angarano (THE KNICK), Andrew Santino (MIXOLOGY), RJ Cyler (ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL), Erik Griffin (WORKAHOLICS) and Stephen Guarino (HAPPY ENDINGS) as part of a large ensemble cast.

BILLIONS: Watch the Series Premiere Here

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BILLIONS is about the struggle between two powerful men. On the one side you have Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, a self-made hedge fund manager who may or may not engage in some shady business practices on his way to the top — although, that doesn’t negate his clever eye for business. On the other side you have U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades, a man “of the people” who likes to take on cases that he can win. One day the SEC tells Rhoades that several men involved with Axelrod may have engaged in insider trading and Rhoades starts laying out a plan to take the big man down.

Both men are supported by equally powerful and engaging wives. Lara Axelrod came from nothing, just like her husband, but is ferocious, clever and protective. Wendy Rhoades, meanwhile, is the performance coach at Axe Capital and believes very deeply in Axelrod, which puts her at odds with her husband.

You can watch the series premiere of BILLIONS below or tune in to Showtime on Sunday, January 17 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

TWIN PEAKS: Showtime Releases Teaser for Limited Series

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TWIN PEAKS is returning to TV in 2017 and Showtime has released a teaser preview for the continuation series. Currently in production, TWIN PEAKS is written and produced by series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost and is directed entirely by David Lynch. While the full mystery awaits, fans can expect many familiar faces, including Kyle MacLachlan, who reprises his role as FBI Agent Dale Cooper.

Details about any new mysteries are unknown, but here’s what Showtime is saying about the new limited series: “Widely considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential broadcast series of all time, TWIN PEAKS followed the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town who were stunned after their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered. The town’s sheriff welcomed the help of FBI agent Dale Cooper, who came to town to investigate the case. As Cooper conducted his search for Laura’s killer, the town’s secrets were gradually exposed. The mystery that ensued set off an eerie chain of events that plunged the inhabitants of Twin Peaks into a darker examination of their very existence. Twenty-five years later, the story continues…”

BILLIONS Preview: The Cast Introduces Their Characters

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Damien Lewis is returning to TV in BILLIONS, a new Showtime series centered around a wealthy hedge fund manager and a U.S. Attorney who is determined to take him down. Lewis has already introduced Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, and now the rest of the cast is giving us hints into their own respective characters.

Paul Giamatti plays Chuck Rhoades, the powerful U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Chuck has “one of the most powerful law enforcement positions in America,” says Giamatti. He’s targeting the “out of control hedge fund guys” and now Bobby is on his radar. But Chuck isn’t going after Bobby because he’s jealous of his wealth. In fact, Chuck comes from his own wealthy background. “It’s a show about the power structure of New York City. Post-9/11, post-massive economic failture. It plays out like a thriller.”

Married to Chuck is Wendy Rhoades, played by Maggie Siff. According to Siff, Wendy is a female character who is “equally powerful as these [male] titans [that she interacts with]. She knows what a lot of these men need and that gives her a kind of edge.” Wendy is the in-house performance coach as Axe Capital which, as you can imagine, has the possibility to pit her against her husband when Chuck starts gunning for Bobby.

Rounding out the main cast is Malin Akerman as Lara Axelrod, Bobby’s wife. Akerman thinks that Lara is kind of a “guy’s girl” and since she doesn’t think we see that a lot in female characters, she was eager to play her. Lara wasn’t born into money, so Akerman thinks she has a bit of an edge to her. “She’s a lovely person, but you just don’t cross her. She’s also very much a family girl.”

Don’t miss the series premiere of BILLIONS on Sunday, January 17 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.