Even with two award-winning dramas still in their prime, Showtime isn’t done bolstering its originals lineup. Today, President David Nevins announced the 12-episode order of “Billions,” a new drama starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis set in New York’s financial world. The hour-long series will join “The Affair” and “Homeland” on the premium cable network, making for a formidable — and awards-friendly — lineup come 2016.
“The dynamic star pairing of Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis is matched by an equally exciting team in the writing of this show,” Nevins said in a statement. “Andrew Ross Sorkin, one of the preeminent financial journalists of our time, has joined forces with Brian Koppelman and David Levien, two of Hollywood’s most accomplished screenwriters, to tackle an incredibly timely and buzzy subject. With this caliber of writing and acting, I think the show’s authenticity and insider look will have great appeal to a discerning audience.”
Written and executive produced by Koppelman and Levien, “Billions” marks the first premium cable series for the former “Tilt” creators — a short-lived ESPN original series starring Michael Madsen as a professional gambler. The duo have teamed up for successful Hollywood blockbusters like “Rounders,” “Runaway Jury” and the upcoming “National Treasure 3,” as well as two Steven Soderbergh-helmed projects — “Ocean’s Thirteen” and “The Girlfriend Experience.” Joining them as writer and EP is Sorkin, a financial columnist for The New York Times and author of “Too Big To Fail” (which was later turned into an HBO movie).
The new drama marks Lewis’ first role as a series regular since leaving “Homeland” in Season 3, and Giamatti’s first regular foray into television since the HBO miniseries “John Adams” debuted in 2008. Production is scheduled to begin later this year in New York, with 2016 as the target for release.