If you read up on the life of explorer Gertrude Bell, it’s abundantly clear that this is a woman whose story should be told. In 2003, The Guardian devoted an entire article to the influence her cartography had on the modern Middle East, with Bell practically drawing the country border of Iraq by her lonesome. And now audiences will be able to explore her legacy with Queen of the Desert (via Deadline), a new film starring Nicole Kidman and both written and directed by the legendary Werner Herzog.
Not since the days of Dallas has a show like Billions made the feuding wealthy seem so … well, rich. Showtime certainly thinks so, confirming a Season 3 renewal just three episodes into the show’s second season.
It’s been at least eight seconds since we’ve seen billionaires and the government at odds on TV, so let’s give Showtime a turn! Yes, ahead of next Sunday’s debut, the full Billions Season 2 premiere is online and free to stream without a Showtime account.
Certainly what the world needs now is more Billions, literal or figurative, and Showtime is only happy to oblige. Watch the Axelrods and Rhodes battle it out for all the money in New York with the first Season 2 trailer. That’s how the stock market works, right?
We’re all going to have to play it cool until 2018, but still, it’s tough not to get excited about the prospect of Ocean’s Eight. The baseline pitch of “it’s really just Ocean’s 11, but with women” was plenty tantalizing on its own, and then the producers started staffing up for a head-spinning cast; the team for this heist includes Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, and Mindy Kaling. And if the prospect of a multi-million-dollar studio vehicle featuring this cast doesn’t have you sold — this film could be a real-time account of those eight actresses getting brunch and I’d still be down — they’ve got one more trick up their sleeve.
We’ve spent most of 2016 watching one or more billionaires battling it out, so what’s a few fictional ones in 2017? At least Showtime will keep it entertaining, with a first look at Billions Season 2, and a few new guest stars this side of Weeds.
It’d take quite a flop for hotshot premium cable dramas not to earn a Season 2 pickup these days, and Showtime’s Billions isn’t exactly hurting for cash. Following a major debut for the network, the high-stakes financial drama has been confirmed for a second season to air in 2017.
The 2016 TV season has officially begun, and Showtime is already getting a jump on the other networks with Shameless and new financial drama Billions. The full premieres for both have been made available on multiple platforms, if you’re into that whole free premium TV thing.