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Showtime continues to invest in Billions.
The premium cable network has handed out a fifth-season renewal for its Damian Lewis- and Paul Giamatti-led drama series. The formal pickup arrives a month before Billions is set to wrap its fourth season (on June 9).
Created and executive produced by showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien, Andrew Ross Sorkin also is credited as a co-creator on the contemporary tale of power politics that is set in the Manhattan world of high finance. In its fourth season, Billions is averaging 4.2 million viewers per episode across multiple platforms.
“Billions’ addictive examination of wealth and power is supremely entertaining, smart and surprising,” Showtime Entertainment co-president Gary Levine said Wednesday in making the renewal announcement. “We’re loving season four and can’t wait to buckle up for the wild ride that Brian and David and their brilliant cast have in store for us in season five.”
The current season features John Malkovich joining the cast for a multiple-episode arc alongside regulars Maggie Siff, Asia Kate Dillion, Toby Leonard Moore, Clancy Brown, David Costabile, Condola Rashad, Kelly AuCoin, Jeffrey DeMunn and Malin Akerman, along with new guest stars Samantha Mathis, Kevin Pollak, Jade Eshete and Nina Arianda. For Akerman’s part, she reduced her role in order to film a pilot — NBC’s Prism, which remains in contention at the network. (A formal decision should come this week.)
For Showtime, Billions is part of a scripted roster that includes The Chi, Ray Donovan, Shameless, Kidding and Black Monday, as well as the upcoming City on a Hill, Penny Dreadful and The L Word revivals, Halo, the Roger Ailes miniseries The Loudest Voice and the final seasons of Homeland and The Affair.
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