Showtime renews Billions & bumps Corey Stoll up to series regular
As the ensemble drama continues to be a hit for the premium cable network, Showtime has elected to renew the Paul Giamatti (Sideways) and Damian Lewis (Homeland)-led Billions for a sixth season while also promoting Corey Stoll (The Strain) to series regular after being introduced in the first half of the last season, according to TVLine.
In Billions Season 5, Bobby Axelrod (Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) see their vicious rivalry reignited, while new enemies rise and take aim. Social impact pioneer Mike Prince (Corey Stoll) poses a true threat to Axe’s dominance and Chuck feuds with a formidable district attorney. Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon) is forced back to Axe Capital, where they must fight to protect their employees and their assets. Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff) reevaluates her loyalties and forges surprising new alliances that put her at odds with both Chuck and Axe. This season, the struggle for power becomes a struggle for survival, and all characters must adapt or risk extinction.
Last season, Bobby Axelrod and Chuck Rhoades, former enemies, and Wendy Rhoades, the chief counselor to each, came together to form an uneasy but highly effective alliance, aimed at the eradication of all their rivals, including Grigor Andolov (guest star John Malkovich), Taylor Mason, Bryan Connerty (Toby Leonard Moore) and Waylon “Jock” Jeffcoat (guest star Clancy Brown).
The series stars Oscar nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti (Sideways) and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis (Homeland). Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy), Asia Kate Dillon (Orange Is the New Black), David Costabile (Breaking Bad), Toby Leonard Moore (Daredevil), Condola Rashad (Smash), Emmy nominee Jeffrey DeMunn (The Green Mile), and Kelly AuCoin (The Americans) also star.
Billions is created and executive produced by showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The series was also created by Andrew Ross Sorkin.