“Billions” has a small, but very important new number to count to, as the series was just picked up for a Season 4 at Showtime, the premium cabler’s president of programming, Gary Levine, announced Thursday.
The drama, led by Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, is currently airing its third installment on Sundays at 10 p.m., but will see a move to 9 p.m. starting May 6. This will make it the lead-in for the second season premiere of Jim Carrey’s “I’m Dying Up Here.”
The Season 3 premiere of “Billions” was the series highest-rated ever, up 23 percent from last year’s debut. It currently ranks as Showtime’s No. 2 drama behind the critically-acclaimed “Homeland.” The series was created by Andrew Ross Sorkin, along with showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien, who also executive produce.
“‘Billions’ continues to build its audience as it explores the heights of power and wealth even as it plumbs the depths of the human psyche,” Levine said. “Brian and David are gifted, propulsive storytellers and we can’t wait to see where they and their extraordinary cast will take us in season four.”
The third season of “Billions” follows Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and Bobby Axelrod (Lewis) in a world that has shifted on its axis. Both men are still determined to destroy the other, but must also battle for their own survival amid new forces and powerful enemies. Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff), Chuck’s wife and Axe’s performance coach, is all in for both of them, an uneasy and dangerous position for her, and one that ultimately puts her to a decision that could alter the direction of her life irrevocably.
The drama also stars Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, Condola Rashad, Asia Kate Dillon and Jeffrey DeMunn.
“Billions” airs Sundays at 10/9 c on Showtime — but will shift to 9/8 c on May 6.