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Damian Lewis Returning to Showtime’s ‘Billions’ for Season 7

The Axe is back. Damian Lewis is returning to Showtime’s Billions for the finance drama’s upcoming seventh season. The move marks a reversal for the actor, who exited his position as the show’s co-lead, playing hedge fund billionaire Bobby Axelrod, after season five. Lewis will appear in six of the new season’s 12 episodes. Lewis’ departure […]

Showtime Shake-Up: Gary Levine Shifts to Advisory Role; Jana Winograde to Exit

The future of Showtime’s co-presidents of entertainment, Gary Levine and Jana Winograde, has been determined. Chris McCarthy, who added oversight of Showtime last year following the departure of David Nevins, sent a memo to staff Monday revealing that two-decade network veteran Levine will segue to a new role as senior creative adviser, while six-year network […]

Behind Showtime’s Franchise Frenzy

Three years ago, an adaptation of Lisa Taddeo’s novel Three Women ignited a bidding war before landing at Showtime with what sources say at the time was one of the biggest deals the premium cable network had ever made. Today, the drama starring Shailene Woodley that was eyed for a 2022 debut jumped to rival […]

‘Dexter,’ ‘Billions’ Spinoffs in the Works as Showtime Doubles Down on Franchise Plan

Chris McCarthy, the Paramount Global exec who was handed oversight of Showtime last year, is doubling down on his franchise plans for the premium cable network. The exec who is credited with growing Taylor Sheridan’s Yellowstone franchise for the streamer is expanding two of Showtime’s prized dramas — Dexter and Billions — with multiple offshoots […]

TIFF Hidden Gem: ‘Brother’ Director Talks Black Struggle and Joy in Mystery Drama

At a time when Canadian film is under fire for its lack of diversity, Clement Virgo has always been a step ahead. Having arrived in Canada from his native Jamaica at age 11, Virgo in 1995 screened his feature directorial debut, Rude, about three characters struggling for inner city redemption in 1990s Toronto, at Cannes […]

Andrew Ross Sorkin to Host Series for NBC News Now Streaming Service

Journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin, who co-anchors the CNBC morning show Squawk Box, serves as a business columnist for The New York Times, and co-created the Showtime drama Billions, is adding another role to his resume: Streaming host. Sorkin will produce and host a limited series for NBC News Now, the free streaming service of NBC […]

GLAAD: Broadcast TV Now Features Record Number of LGBTQ Characters

The small screen is now reflecting a record number of LGBTQ characters on primetime. Media watchdog group GLAAD has released the findings of its 17th annual report, Where We Are On TV, which analyzes the overall diversity of primetime scripted series regular characters on broadcast networks while also tracking the number of LGBTQ regular and […]

Peloton Says Company “Did Not Agree” to Use of Bike in Pivotal ‘Billions’ Scene

[This story contains spoilers for Billions season six.] If any publicity is indeed good publicity, as the adage goes, then perhaps Peloton should consider itself extremely fortunate. In response to online discussion surrounding a scene from Billions’ season six premiere, currently streaming, in which Mike “Wags” Wagner (David Costabile) suffers a non-fatal heart attack after […]

Damian Lewis Closes Deal for ‘Billions’ Follow-Up Role

Fresh off his Billions exit, Damian Lewis has closed a deal and begun filming his follow-up role. The actor will star alongside Guy Pearce in the BritBox/Spectrum Originals limited series A Spy Among Friends. The six-episode drama, which had been in the works for more than a year before deals for the project closed, started […]

Damian Lewis Exits ‘Billions’ After 5 Seasons

Damian Lewis is exiting Billions after five seasons. Lewis played Bobby Axelrod, aka Axe, on the Showtime series, which aired its season five finale Sunday night. The ViacomCBS-owned network also announced that season six will premiere Jan. 23 and released a trailer (watch it below). The news comes about a year to the day after […]

Paul Giamatti Recounts His (Hilarious) Free Burger King for Life Tragedy

Paul Giamatti was sure he was going to be one of the few people on Earth who got free Burger King for life — and his discovery otherwise was hilariously recounted Monday on The Late Show. The award-winning actor stopped by mainly to discuss the return of his Showtime series, Billions, when host Stephen Colbert […]

‘Hollywood Remixed’: ‘Billions’ Star Asia Kate Dillon on How Non-Binary Representation Changes Lives

In this week’s episode of Hollywood Remixed, The Hollywood Reporter‘s podcast about inclusion and representation in entertainment, Billions‘ Asia Kate Dillon joins the show to talk about how non-binary representation changes lives – starting with their own. “When I encountered the character breakdown for Taylor, and it did say ‘female non-binary’… something happened where everything […]