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by Shipra Gupta
March 13, 2014 4:44 PM
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Showtime Orders Hedge Fund Drama Pilot 'Billions' From NYT Columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin

Andrew Ross Sorkin hosting 'Squawk Box'

Showtime has issued its first drama pilot pick up of the year. "Billions" is the result of a collaboration between writing veterans Brian Koppelman and David Levien -- the duo behind "Runaway Jury," "The Girlfriend Experience" and "Ocean's Thirteen," -- and New York Times Financial Columnist and CNBC "Squak Box" co-anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin.

According to Showtime's announcement, "'Billions' is a fictional drama that focuses on the collision and, at times, collusion between an aggressive U.S. attorney in New York and some of the richest hedge fund billionaires in the country."

Given the financial bent of this legal drama -- which is unusual on television as most legal dramas, serialized and procedural, typically focus on violent crime -- Showtime may have a genre-bending gamechanger in its hand. Koppelman, Levien and Sorkin are certainly in a unique position to reimagine the genre.