Showtime confirmed this week that the network has picked up the hit drama series “Billions” for a third season. The show has been a standout hit for the network, offering Showtime’s biggest sophomore debut since “Homeland”. The series also had its best telecast of the season this past Sunday night, up 13% versus the season two premiere telecast.
Starring Oscar nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff and Malin Akerman, Billions airs on Sundays.
“BILLIONS continues to be a show on the rise, growing not only in audience, but in critical buzz and cultural relevance,” said David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. “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.”
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). Siff stars as Wendy Rhoades, Chuck’s estranged wife and the top performance coach in the hedge fund world. Akerman plays Lara Axelrod, Axe’s fiercely loyal and street-smart wife.
Season two finds the characters vying for control in a changing world. Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile and Condola Rashad also star. Season two guest stars include Rob Morrow, Dan Soder, Kelly AuCoin, Mary-Louise Parker, Danny Strong, James Wolk, Christopher Denham, Glenn Fleshler, Asia Kate Dillon and Eric Bogosian.
“Billions” is created, written and executive produced by showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The series is also created by Andrew Ross Sorkin. Fans can watch the current season on Showtime, the third season of “Billions” does not have a premiere date at this time.