Billions Season 3 gets trailer and UK air date
Staff Reporter | On 07, Jan 2018Reading time: 4 mins
“I am not hiding. I’m not a coward.” “So why the hesitation? Fear?” “Rage.” That’s Damian Lewis bcak on fiery form as Bobby Axelrod in Season 3 of Billions.
Showtime’s financial drama, which co-stars Paul Giamatti as brilliant prosecutor Chuck Rhoades, is a high-stakes game of cat and mouse. Millions of people watched Season 1 when it first arrived in the UK, after Sky put the whole box set online for customers all at once. Season 2 was another big success last year – and so it comes as no surprise that Showtime is already speeding ahead to a third run.
Unveiling a new trailer for the show at this week’s TCA event in the USA, Showtime confirmed that the show will return on Sunday 25th March for US viewers. Billions Season 3 premieres on UK TV on Thursday 29th March at 9pm on Sky Atlantic. In the meantime, you can catch up with Season 1 and 2 of Billions on Sky Box Sets. (Read why you should be watching the show here.) Don’t have Sky? You can also watch them online on NOW TV, as part of a £7.99 monthly subscription, with no contract and a 7-day free trial. For more information, or to start watching, hit the button below.
Season 3 will catch up with Chuck and Bobby in a world that has shifted on its axis. Both men are still determined to destroy the other, but must also battle for their own survival amid new forces and powerful enemies. Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff) Chuck’s wife and Axe’s performance coach, is all in for both of them, an uneasy and dangerous position for her, and one that ultimately puts her to a decision that could alter the direction of her life irrevocably. Money, power, justice and revenge are all on the line for each of these characters, as well as for the rest of the cast, including Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, Condola Rashad, Asia Kate Dillon and Jeffrey DeMunn.
A new member of the cast will be Clancy Brown, who guest stars as Waylon “Jock” Jeffcoat, who Deadline describes as a new Attorney General with “a compelling portfolio of accomplishments, a wicked intellect, and a serious interest in both Chuck and Bobby”.
Here’s the trailer:
Billions Season 2 set for February release in UK
10th January 2017
Billions will return for Season 2 this February, with the writers acknowledging the influence of Donald Trump upon the show.
Showtime’s financial thriller, which stars Damian Lewis as an insider trader and Paul Giamatti as the District Attorney trying to bring him down, was a hit when it premiered last year. Millions of people watched the whole box set, after Sky put the entire thing online for customers alongside the first episode.
“This feels less like a drama and more a collision course for two unstoppable objects,” we wrote in our first look review. “This is a world where actions have consequences – and every word carries real dramatic heft. These aren’t the greatest guys in the world. Do we want to spend more time with them? Hell, yes.”
Now, the show is coming back for a second run this February. While the real world has changed since then, with Donald Trump about to become President of the USA, the writers told the press at the Television Critics Association press tour this week that the series is already influenced by the rise of Trump.
“It was all going on while we were writing; the world was shifting,” EP Brian Koppelman told the media. “Americans are fascinated by real-life billionaires on TV and the ambition that fuels these people. If they’re charismatic and say interesting things, it’s what we find thought-provoking.”
Also on the panel, Lewis said his character has seen “certainties which have been eroded”, leaving him and his marriage vulnerable.
“These hedge fund guys are feeling pressure,” he added. “Fees are going up and people aren’t finding them. They’re finding it harder to make money, and somewhere in the ether that is effecting Bobby.”
Giamatti teased that his character “will be less Mussolini and more Machiavelli” in the future. “Less a brawler but more like a scout.”
He’ll also be facing marital problems.
“That shakes him in a lot of ways,” added the actor. “There are things that are exposed in him. He’s been hit by Axelrod, and that throws him. He changes in some ways by intensifying, but he channels his energy in a different way.”
While Showtime will be airing the show stateside in February, Sky Atlantic will again premiere Billions Season 2 in the UK. The exact air date has not yet been confirmed, but Sky announced on Twitter that it will be next month, with British viewers not having to wait long after American audiences to get their Billions binge on.
— Sky Atlantic (@skyatlantic) January 6, 2017
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