Debuting on January 17, Showtime’s drama Billions is a very different take on the lifestyles of the ultra-rich and infamous. As my video review above says, the 12-episode Wall Street-set soapy series created by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and the New York Times‘ Andrew Ross Sorkin presents a very nice way to spend your winter Sundays with pivotal performances from Maggie Siff and Malin Akerman.
Sure, Billions is ostensibly about the war between overly confident working class billionaire hedge funder Bobby Axelrod, played by Homeland vet Damian Lewis, and the politically very ambitious blue blood U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes, portrayed by the almost never less than top notch Paul Giamatti. As those of you who’ve seen the pilot of Billions, which has been online since January 1st, know, the men may sit on their thrones in the show but the real game and power is with Siff and Akerman. The Homeland vet and the Oscar nominee are in fine Alpha male fighting form, but the Sons Of Anarchy alum and The Watchmen actress are the ones to watch. Siff plays Wendy Rhodes, the wife of Chuck and Axe’s in-house shrink while Akerman has a tailor-fitting role as Axe’s street smart spouse, who is likely more ruthless and certainly less sentimental than her husband.
Draped in betrayal, the FBI, sex, corruption, the SEC & Metallica, Billions also has an excellent great supporting cast in Tobey Leonard Moore and David Costabile as Rhodes and Axe’s respective right hand men.
Check out my video review of Billions above and tell us what you think. Does it seem like a good bet?
This review was originally posted on January 12.