No word if Metallica is returning to Billions, but less than a month after the second season of the high-stakes drama debuted to large numbers, Showtime said today the series is coming back for a Season 3 for an expected early 2018 debut.
“Billions continues to be a show on the rise, growing not only in audience, but in critical buzz and cultural relevance,” the premium cabler’s David Nevins said of the series starring Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff and Malin Akerman. “It offers a unique mix of pure entertainment with sly commentary on our current have/have-not economy. Season 2 is off to a tremendous start, and has only whetted our audience’s appetite for what will come in Season 3.”
With the war between Lewis’ billionaire hedge-funder Bobby Axelrod and Giamatti’s increasingly desperate U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades reaching a scorched Earth pitch, that appetite-whetting will be a battle royale. Sons Of Anarchy alum Siff plays Wendy Rhoades, the currently estranged wife of Giamatti’s character and formerly the in-house performance coach at Axelrod’s company. Watchmen vet Akerman portrays Lara Axelrod, Philly street-smart and as ruthless as her husband.
The series created by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin debuted to record-bursting ratings for Showtime on January 17, 2016. Season 2 premiered February 19.
BTW, the Metallica reference is to the Season 1 appearance of the metal band, of which Bobby Axelrod is a massive fan. It was — like the themes of wealth, politics, betrayal and corruption that flow through Billions — epic.