Cable TV is a competitive game, and not all shows are lucky enough to last more than a season or two in primetime. Showtime has had pretty solid luck with attracting loyal viewers to its intense dramas like Dexter and Homeland. One of its newer hit series has been Billions, which premiered its first season back in 2016. The second season is currently airing, and Showtime is evidently encouraged enough by its performance to give the renewal order. Billions will officially be back for Season 3.
Showtime president David Nevins reports that the critical buzz, cultural relevance, and ongoing rises in audience and viewership have made Billions a valuable part of the Showtime lineup. Only three episodes of Season 2 have aired so far, but they've clearly performed well enough that the network feels confident announcing a renewal already. It should come as good news to fans who might have grown to worry that Billions would be cancelled. The looming threat of cancellation can ruin the fun of any series; Billions fans won't have to deal with that through the rest of the second season.
Billions stars Paul Giamatti as U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades and Damian Lewis as billionaire hedge fund king Bobby Axelrod. The two men face off as their very different worldviews clash, and Rhoades must try to get the edge on Axelrod using the powers of the law. Unfortunately, money, power, and sex are powerful tools, and it's hard to gauge at any given point which of the men will come out on top. In Season 2, they're being forced to adapt in a world that is fluctuating around them. If they want to stay on top in their respective fields, they need to change. The cast is rounded out by Maggie Siff and Malin Åkerman, who play Dr. Wendy Rhoades and Lara Axelrod, respectively.
Showtime has a pretty exciting rest of the year lined up in addition to the remaining episodes of Billions Season 2. Homeland is currently airing its sixth season, Episodes will return for its fifth season at some point this year, and Dark Net will be back for its second season in April. Jim Carrey's dramedy I'm Dying Up Here will debut in June, and the long-awaited Twin Peaks revival will finally hit the airwaves in May. There aren't too many details currently available on the Twin Peaks front, but at least we still have the rest of Billions Season 2 to keep us occupied for the time being.
Check out Showtime on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET to catch new episodes of Billions Season 2. There's no need to worry that it won't be back for another batch of episodes, so the time is now to tune in. Take a look at our midseason TV premiere schedule and our 2017 Netflix premiere schedule to see what else you can watch on the small screen nowadays.
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