In season five of Billions, the struggle for power becomes a struggle for survival as all characters must adapt or risk extinction.
Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) see their vicious rivalry reignited, while new enemies rise and join the fray. Social impact pioneer Mike Prince (Corey Stoll) poses a true threat to Axe’s dominance while Chuck feuds with a formidable district attorney.
Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon) is forced back to Axe Capital, where they must fight to protect their employees and their assets. Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff) reevaluates her loyalties and forges new alliances that put her at odds with both Chuck and Axe.
Julianna Margulies joins Billions Catherine Brant, an Ivy League sociology professor and bestselling author. The series also stars David Costabile, Condola Rashad, Kelly AuCoin and Jeffrey DeMunn.
Billions Season 5 Episode 1
Episode title: “The New Decas”
Release date: May 3, 2020 at 9pm/8c
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff, Malin Åkerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, Condola Rashād, Asia Kate Dillon, Jeffrey DeMunn, Kelly AuCoin, Julianna Margulies, Corey Stoll
“Billions” is an American TV drama series starring Emmy and Golden Globe winners Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis. The series is a complex drama about power politics in the world of New York high finance. It was created by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin. Koppelman and Levien are its executive producers and showrunners.
The series was ordered by Showtime in March 2015 with a 12-episode pick up and premiered on January 17, 2016. On January 26, 2016, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on February 19, 2017.
Billions is loosely based on the activities of Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and his legal battles with hedge fund manager Steve Cohen of S.A.C. Capital Advisors.
Season 2 of Billions also incorporates loosely the cases involving Treasury bond auction market manipulation conduct of Salomon Brothers, including the roles of CEO John Gutfreund and bond trader Paul Mozer, in 1991. A total of four seasons of Billions have aired so far. On May 8, 2019, the series was renewed for a fifth season which is set to premiere on May 3, 2020
Billions is considered to be the first American TV series to have a non-binary regular character on mainstream North American television, with non-binary American actor Asia Kate Dillon as Taylor Amber Mason, an analyst at Axe Capital. Taylor becomes close to Axelrod and is appointed CIO of Axe Capital, and later they form Taylor Mason Capital in competition with Axe Capital.
The series is highly acclaimed, receiving positive reviews since its first Season. On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has a rating of 86%, with a rating of 77% for season 1, 89% for season 2 and 93% for season 3. On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 69 out of 100, while Season 2 has a score of 67 out of 100 indicating “generally favorable reviews”. Its third season scored 77 out of 100, while its fourth currently holds a score of 87 out 100 indicating “universal acclaim”.
In terms of viewership, ‘Billions’ reportedly averages 4.5 million viewers across multiple platforms per week.
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