A Tribute to Everyone’s Favorite Billions Moment: The Fake Fight

“Pretend we’re having an argument.” —Bobby Axelrod

source: Showtime

Well, back-to-back tweets from Damian Lewis and Kelly AuCoin made this re-post inevitable!

I mean, a broken rib, a busted knee, what is next? It seems these two are not pretending anymore!!! 😀

We wish both Damian and Kelly a speedy recovery and share our tribute to everyone’s favorite Billions moment one more time. ENJOY!

A good hour of television absolutely starts with good writing and I pride myself in calling Willie Reale, the writer of Billions Season 1 Episode 10 Quality of Life, a genius way before I find out that he is, in fact, one! I don’t know if you are familiar with MacArthur Fellowships also known as “Genius Grants” but Mr. Reale is a recipient of this fellowship “in recognition of his ingenuity in creating theater and theater education programs for young people.” Bravo!

Quality of Life, with Donnie’s memorial service being at its heart, has a number of moving parts; however, Mr. Reale delivers the story seamlessly with a number of timely back and forths between the memorial service and all else going on and the episode’s director Karyn Kusama perfectly translates the writing into action. And, in my humble opinion, Brian Koppelman’s tweet sharing with us that the fake argument scene between Axe and Dollar Bill was Reale’s idea alone deserves standing ovation for this brilliant writer! Continue reading “A Tribute to Everyone’s Favorite Billions Moment: The Fake Fight”

“From the Trader’s Desk”:
Bobby Axelrod – a Man and his Music *UPDATED*

**UPDATE**

I am so happy to be able to have an update to this post, because it means we now know Axe will be featuring another heavy-metal t-shirt in the upcoming Season 4 of Billions!

Showtime has dropped a few trailers from the upcoming season, and being the eagle-eye that I am, I spotted Axe and his Motörhead t-shirt from the first trailer. So, who are Motörhead, and why would Axe be a fan?

Motörhead were an English metal band formed in the mid-1970’s, whose lead singer was Lemmy (aka Ian Fraser Kilmister). Their brand of high energy rock was the precursor to “thrash” metal.  Also, Lemmy’s voice is so distinctive – deep and gravelly – you know a Motörhead tune the minute you hear it! (Their cover of “Sympathy for the Devil” sounds like Satan himself is singing it!) Sadly, Lemmy passed away in December of 2015, but his music and influence lives on! Continue reading ““From the Trader’s Desk”: Bobby Axelrod – a Man and his Music *UPDATED*”

What to Expect When We are
Expecting Billions Season 4

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Can you think of a better way to start the year than talking about Billions? I cannot! 🙂

As you are reading this post, I am on vacation in a far far away part of the world. I wrote this post before they announced Billions would be back on Showtime on March 17  at 9pm ET/PT and dropped this true teaser!

I got the exciting news on a 16-hour flight and modified my original post slightly based on a few hints from the 30-second teaser. And huge thanks go to Gingersnap for grabbing screenshots from the teaser as I was struggling with low resolution images on the flight. Hope you enjoy reading this and share your thoughts with us in the comments section! Continue reading “What to Expect When We are Expecting Billions Season 4”

Damian Lewis sends a Special Message from Billions Season 4 Set!

Having Billions withdrawals? Then we are in the same boat! But they are now more than halfway through shooting Season 4 in New York, so it is coming soon, people, IT IS COMING SOON!

Update 12/19/2018: DRUMROLL! Our next rendezvous with Bobby Axelrod is on March 17, 2019 at 9pm ET! And they have just dropped the first Season 4 teaser, too! ENJOY!

Now, I am delighted to report I was VERY lucky to catch up with Damian on Billions set! Since I have been sworn to secrecy by the man himself, I am keeping mum about what is going on in the show (not that I have seen much) but I am thrilled to bring a special message from Damian to us, the bloggers at Fan Fun with Damian Lewis, and to the entire fandom.  Continue reading “Damian Lewis sends a Special Message from Billions Season 4 Set!”

Bobby Axelrod and Wendy Rhoades: A Special Relationship – Part V

“Damian tickles you and delights you with his charm and his wit.” — Maggie Siff

Well, while we already know how charming and witty Damian could be, it is still a treat to hear these lovely words from Maggie Siff, who along with Damian brings to life one of the most intriguing and complex relationships we have ever seen on TV. It is sincere and it is strategic. It is friendly and it is flirty. It is personal and it is professional. It is delicate. It is difficult. It is delicious.  And while I believe Season 3 has revealed there is no romance in it, it has also revealed there is real partnership. Bobby and Wendy find meaning in what they have built together and can draw the best out of each other. In case you have missed my earlier posts on these two, you can find them here, here, here, and here. Continue reading “Bobby Axelrod and Wendy Rhoades: A Special Relationship – Part V”