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Showtime invests in another season of 'Billions'

Showtime invests in another season of 'Billions'
Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti in "Billions." (Photo courtesy Showtime/TNS) (Handout / TNS)

Showtime has renewed the drama "Billions" for a second season, the network announced Tuesday.

The series, created by "Ocean's Thirteen" screenwriters David Levien and Brian Koppelman and New York Times financial colulmnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, stars Damian Lewis as a a hedge fund titan under investigation by a U.S. attorney played by Paul Giamatti.

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The premiere of "Billions" attracted a total of 6 million viewers across all platforms this month, setting a record for a series debut on Showtime.

The show has received generally favorable reviews. "Lewis and Giamatti are two of the best actors working — no doubt they will soon be battling each other for an Emmy — and their presence together is great wealth of its own sort," wrote Times critic Mary McNamara in her review.

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