PR Art of the Showtime original series BILLIONS (Season 2, Gallery). – Photo: James Minchin/SHOWTIME – Photo ID: BILLIONS_S2_PRArt_03.R Pictured: Malin Ackerman as Lara Axelrod, Damian Lewis as Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, Maggie Siff as Wendy Rhoades and Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades



by Tim Riley 

Showtime’s “Billions” is now in its third season, and proves to be as compelling and riveting drama, probably even more so, than when the series first debuted a little over two years ago to some deserved fanfare.

 This column’s review of the first run remains very much on point with the passage of time.  As described then, “Billions” is a clash between the dicey world of high finance and the exuberance of federal prosecution.  That’s still true with even unexpected nuances. The two gladiators in the arena of callous financial malfeasance versus ruthless prosecutorial tactics are hedge fund magnate Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

“Billions” is the type of serial soap opera of Wall Street that requires binge-watching of the seasons preceding the third if one is unfamiliar with the many  twist-and-turns in the cat-and-mouse game of prosecutor Rhoades’ hunt for Axe’s scalp.