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Billions gets second season

US cable net Showtime has given buzzy drama Billions a second season order. The show, which stars Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti and is set in the world of high-finance, was the best ever launch for premium net Showtime with 6.5 million viewers, beating Ray Donovan, which debuted with 6.1 million. Showtime is owned by […]

LA Screenings wrap: analysis

Another year of excess, exuberance and extreme selling at the Hollywood studios is over, but the nature of the mayhem is changing, writes Jesse Whittock The LA Screenings began as they shouldn’t – grey clouds and prolonged rain shows dampening the spirits of the buyers flying in to Hollywood (one local hyberbolically claimed California has not seen any “any […]

Showtime makes Billions

US premium cable channel Showtime has picked up a 12-part drama set in the world of high finance. Billions will follow the clash of two big business heavyweights, a politically savvy US Attorney, Chuck Rhoades, and an ambitious hedge fund king, Bobby ‘Axe’ Axelrod. Actor Paul Giamatti (Sideways, left) will play Rhoades and Damian Lewis […]

Rescue Me creator tees up Titans for WGN America

WGN America’s rebirth as a home for high-end drama projects continues with the straight-to-series commission of a show from Peter Mattei and Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan. Titans will be the Tribune Media’s basic cable and satellite-distributed channel’s third drama after Manhattan, which launched this month, and Salem. WGN America was previously known as for […]

FX inks Sacha Baron Cohen deal for new Ali G series

FX Productions has inked a first-look deal with Sacha Baron Cohen’s production company Four By Two. The deal gives the recently-minted FXX channel old episodes of Baron Cohen’s Da Ali G Show and will see him reprise the comedy character in a new series Ali G: Rezurection. The new series will go out on the […]