Showtime has announced that their new drama Billions will premiere on January 17th, preceeded by the sixth season debut of Shameless.
Here’s the announcement:
SHOWTIME(R) ANNOUNCES WINTER PREMIERE DATE FOR “BILLIONS” AND “SHAMELESS”
New Drama Series BILLIONS To Premiere on Sunday, January 17th at 10 PM ET/PT – Season Six of SHAMELESS To Premiere at 9 PM ET/PT Across All Platforms
LOS ANGELES, CA – August 11, 2015 – Today, SHOWTIME announced that season six of their hit series SHAMELESS will premiere on Sunday, January 17th at 9 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the premiere of the highly-anticipated new drama series BILLIONS at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Both series are currently in production, SHAMELESS in Los Angeles and Chicago, and BILLIONS in New York City.
BILLIONS is a bold, contemporary drama that explores worlds of ultra-wealth, influence and corruption as personified in two highly ambitious opposing figures: hard-charging, blue-blooded, politically connected U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and brilliant, calculating, blue-collar billionaire hedge fund king, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis). Set amongst the Machiavellian machinations of New York City power politics and finance, BILLIONS weaves an intricate narrative featuring a high-stakes game of predator-versus-prey. Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile and Condola Rashad also star. BILLIONS is created, written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman & David Levien (Ocean’s Thirteen, Rounders) & Andrew Ross Sorkin (Too Big To Fail). The pilot was directed by acclaimed director Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Divergent), who also serves as an executive producer.
Season six of SHAMELESS picks up a few months after last year’s finale, leaving the Gallaghers to prepare for yet another long Chicago winter. This season will see more than just the arctic Lake Michigan winds whipping through the Southside. Change is hard and the Gallaghers are as surprised as anyone at how life is turning out for them. But the question remains, as they come into their own and find out who they are, is it really possible that the Gallaghers could grow apart for good? The series stars William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, along with Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney,and Cameron Monaghan. Based on the long-running hit U.K. series, SHAMELESS is executive produced by Emmy Award winning television and film producer John Wells, Andrew Stearn, Christopher Chulack, Davey Holmes, Nancy M. Pimental and Krista Vernoff. Wells developed the series for American television. Paul Abbott serves as executive consultant. SHAMELESS is produced by Bonanza Productions, Inc. in association with John Wells Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
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What do you think? Are you a fan of Shameless? Will you check out Billions? Do you plan to watch the premieres of either of these shows?