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Old 01-01-2016, 06:13 AM   #1
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'Billions' - Showtime - Episode 1 available

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The first episode of the new Showtime series called 'Billions' is available on the Showtime website and On Demand. Also via magical means.

Stars Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti.

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A complex drama about power politics in the world of New York high finance. Shrewd, savvy U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king Bobby "Axe" Axelrod are on an explosive collision course, with each using all of his considerable smarts, power and influence to outmaneuver the other. The stakes are in the billions in this timely, provocative series.

Officially starts January 17, 2016.

Billions | Official Trailer | Damian Lewis & Paul Giamatti Showtime Series

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Old 01-01-2016, 12:29 PM   #2
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It looks like the first episode is also available on 'Hulu'.

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Old 01-01-2016, 04:27 PM   #3
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Will this be released weekly episode by episode, or all episodes at once, ala House of Cards?

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Will this be released weekly episode by episode, or all episodes at once, ala House of Cards?
Since it's on Showtime, I'd be surprised if it wasn't released one episode per week.

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Old 01-01-2016, 06:51 PM   #5
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It's a regular weekly series. Starts two weeks from Sunday (Jan 17), at 10E/9C. 12 episodes.

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Life

While chasing down some info on Damian Lewis (Homeland driven), I found a neat 2 season series starring Lewis and Sarah Shahi, titled Life.
If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. If I'm late to the rodeo, sorry.

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Old 01-01-2016, 08:16 PM   #7
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I noticed it on the Showtime Anytime app on the ATV.

I watched and thought it was just OK. I'll give it another shot.

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Old 01-01-2016, 08:59 PM   #8
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While chasing down some info on Damian Lewis (Homeland driven), I found a neat 2 season series starring Lewis and Sarah Shahi, titled Life.
If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. If I'm late to the rodeo, sorry.
Life was a great show. Killed before its time.

Also had Christina Hendricks, Donal Logue, Adam Arkin and more. Superbly cast, well-written.

As I recall, it got caught up in the writer's strike or something. Plus very poorly promoted by NBC.

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Am I the only one who does not care for D Lewis?
Something about him that bugs me...

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Am I the only one who does not care for D Lewis?
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I'm pretty sure you're the only one...

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I agree, Life was a very good show. It started to get a little "unfocused" towards the end of season 2 IIRC but presumably they were casting around for something to save the ratings by that time. A shame: I was sad to see that one go. As astrohip says, gone before its time.

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No, jilter is not the only one.
For me, there are some actors who ruin a show simply by being cast in it.
Damien Lewis is on my list.
I could start a thread.

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No, jilter is not the only one.
For me, there are some actors who ruin a show simply by being cast in it.
Damien Lewis is on my list.
I could start a thread.
Add me and a number of my friends and family to the list. Not a fan.

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Life was a great show. Killed before its time.

Also had Christina Hendricks, Donal Logue, Adam Arkin and more. Superbly cast, well-written.

As I recall, it got caught up in the writer's strike or something. Plus very poorly promoted by NBC.
This x 1,000,000 !

LOVED that show! Was extremely upset when it went off the air!

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No, jilter is not the only one. For me, there are some actors who ruin a show simply by being cast in it. Damien Lewis is on my list. I could start a thread.
Please do start a thread!!
I have a few more!

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I thought life was only one season. Maybe I didn't finish it.

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The first season was truncated because of the writer's strike; the second was messed up because they lost half their writing staff and because they had to work around Shahi's pregnancy. There were also rumors that the network made them dumb it down towards the end in an effort to stanch the bleeding in the ratings.

Basically, a wonderful show that had a lot of bad luck.

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I remember enjoying it and being disappointed when it was canceled.

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I had forgotten this show when it was first mentioned, but I did like it. I have loved Damien Lewis since Band of Brothers. I did wonder if that was his real hair on this pilot.

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I had forgotten this show when it was first mentioned, but I did like it. I have loved Damien Lewis since Band of Brothers. I did wonder if that was his real hair on this pilot.
Billions has potential. You can see the subplot in if Rhoades, wife will stay with him or her job when the time comes, and how Axe will keep on eye on her.

I saw an interview with Damien Lewis and Paul Giamatti.

The show is written so either character can be the good guy, but I'll give the nod to Rhoades.

Giamatti, for the first time, asked Lewis how he can so easily switch to an American accent. He sticks with speaking in American all the time during the shoot.

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Am I the only one who does not care for D Lewis?
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No, jilter is not the only one.
For me, there are some actors who ruin a show simply by being cast in it.
Damien Lewis is on my list.
I could start a thread.
Care to elaborate? I think he's a very good actor and enjoyed him on Band of Brothers. I haven't seen the other shows he's in, so I'm not sure if there's another reason why.

But I guess we all have those actors/actresses that one just cannot stand.

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Care to elaborate? I think he's a very good actor and enjoyed him on Band of Brothers. I haven't seen the other shows he's in, so I'm not sure if there's another reason why.

But I guess we all have those actors/actresses that one just cannot stand.
I'm curious too. He's seems like a very likable guy and has mostly played a likable guy in the roles he's had.

BTW - I thought he did a pretty good NY accent for a brit (or anyone for that matter).

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I'm curious too. He's seems like a very likable guy and has mostly played a likable guy in the roles he's had.

BTW - I thought he did a pretty good NY accent for a brit (or anyone for that matter).
I've mentioned that it's amazing how these guys can do a very real American while Americans usually suck at doing Brits and Aussies.

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I've mentioned that it's amazing how these guys can do a very real American while Americans usually suck at doing Brits and Aussies.

Idris Elba
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Matt Passmore
Matthew Rhys
Nicole Kidman

In sure it probably has a lot to do with the fact that they all grew up watching American movies and TV shows etc.

Not many Americans watch British TV shows.

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Billions has potential. You can see the subplot in if Rhoades, wife will stay with him or her job when the time comes, and how Axe will keep on eye on her.

I saw an interview with Damien Lewis and Paul Giamatti.

The show is written so either character can be the good guy, but I'll give the nod to Rhoades.

Giamatti, for the first time, asked Lewis how he can so easily switch to an American accent. He sticks with speaking in American all the time during the shoot.
Watched Episode 1 last night. Excellent start to the season and sets up the story well. Looking forward to seeing Damien Lewis vs. Paul Giamatti

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Care to elaborate? I think he's a very good actor and enjoyed him on Band of Brothers. I haven't seen the other shows he's in, so I'm not sure if there's another reason why.

But I guess we all have those actors/actresses that one just cannot stand.
You haven't seen Homeland? It's really good. He's only in the first few seasons....

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I've always enjoyed him, too. Besides BoB and Homeland, I thought he did a terrific job playing Henry VIII this past Spring on PBS/Masterpiece's "Wolf Hall" miniseries.

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We signed up for a screening at the International Film Festival here... and we just got this email:

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We look forward to seeing you at the Premiere of BILLIONS on Friday, January 8th. Please plan to arrive by 6:40pm to get your seats. The event will be followed by a Q&A with Show Creators David Levien & Brian Koppelman and Executive Producer/Director of the Pilot, Neil Burger and a cocktail party sponsored by Sotheby's with cocktails provided by Val's Wines and Liquors and Stella Artois and a burger bar by b.good.

The event is SOLD OUT and there is a wait list. Please let me know if you will not be using all of your tickets.
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I noticed it on the Showtime Anytime app on the ATV.

I watched and thought it was just OK. I'll give it another shot.
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We signed up for a screening at the International Film Festival here... and we just got this email:
Looking forward to this!!!
So we went to this screening on Friday, and enjoyed the show. The Q&A afterwards was even better -- it probably lasted 30-40 minutes, and the two writers, the director, and two of the actors "Hal" (the 'cleaner') and "Wags" (the enforcer-- played by David Costabile who played Gale Boetticher on Breaking Bad). They said that as the season progresses, "Wags" is really going to play a much more prominent role for Axelrod (think Doug Stamper from House of Cards), and reveal some of his odd sexual proclivities -- as do some of the other characters. The first episode was a lot of setup, but I think it will get A LOT better as the season progresses, based on what the show runners were saying.


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So we went to this screening on Friday, and enjoyed the show. The Q&A afterwards was even better --
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The first episode was a lot of setup, but I think it will get A LOT better as the season progresses, based on what the show runners were saying.
Thanks for that brief review. I was hesitating to watch, but now I'm in!

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