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Showtime announced today that it will be renewing Billions for a third season.
Billions aired its first season in 2016, and gained attention with its (mostly fictional) portrayal of federal prosecutor, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, sparring against hedge fund manager, Charles “Chuck” Rhoades. Season two quickly followed up on the excitement from season one, leading Rhoades (as played by Paul Giamatti) to continue his vendetta against Axelrod (who is played by Damian Lewis).
The show raked in high ratings for the season premiere of Billions, giving the network the biggest sophomore debut since Homeland (which, incidentally, also starred Lewis). Additionally, Billions received the honor of being the best telecast of the season after increasing by 13% from its already impressive season two premiere telecast.
David Nevins, President and CEO of Showtime Networks, Inc., commented on the drama’s high achievements: “Billions continues to be a show on the rise, growing not only in audience, but in critical buzz and cultural relevance. 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.”
Billions is created, written, and executive produced by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, who are expected to continue with the show in its third season run. Andrew Ross Sorkin is also a credited show creator.
Billions airs Sunday nights on Showtime.