Billions shorts its viewers’ ability to understand characters and their motivations

What Billions does well: present complicated financial schemes simply and clearly enough that someone who is hopeless with money can understand them, or at least get the general idea. What Billions doesn’t do so well: allow the audience to process the emotional fallout from these various transactions without…

Legion’s Dan Stevens gets too ambitious for his own good in The Ticket trailer

Usually, a movie in which the main character has some sort of notable health condition revolves around their struggle to either beat it or keep living in the face of the daily struggle (see: 50/50, The Bucket List, Soul Surfer—actually, don’t see Soul Surfer). But The Ticket takes the miraculous healing of a blind man…

Comedy Bang! Bang! wants you to take it slow, even when it won’t

Last week, it was a “Very Special Episode.” This week, it’s a spin-off. (Or at least a backdoor pilot.) As Comedy Bang! Bang! winds down, it appears to be finding even more material to mine out of the traditional multi-camera sitcom. I’ve acknowledged on more than one occasion“Jesse Tyler Ferguson Wears A Brown…

The first trailer for Joe Swanberg’s Easy looks at modern love in Chicago

Netflix has released a full trailer for Easy, Joe Swanberg’s sex anthology series set in Chicago. Easy tells eight stories in eight episodes, bouncing around between a diverse crew of Chicagoans as they “fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology, and culture.” The trailer shows the characters grappling…

5 episodes to kick off your ABC throwback bingeing

In 5 To Watch, five writers from The A.V. Club look at the latest streaming TV arrivals, each making the case for a favored episode. The reasons for their picks might differ, but they can all agree that each episode is a must-watch. In this installment: ABC’s throwback, which makes its old shows available for…

Chuck Rhoades’ eyes are wide shut in a piece-moving Billions

To call an episode of Billions a piece-moving episode feels odd because, honestly, what episode of Billions isn’t a piece-moving episode? Most installments of this show feel like part of a gradual build-up to a pay off that still feels incredibly far away. And yet “Magical Thinking” feels especially lackadaisical even…

Billions clarifies its values in its strongest episode to date

“The Punch” is the best episode of Billions for a host of reasons, chief among them its willingness to define Chuck’s unyielding obsession with taking Bobby down. As much as Billions has shown the similarities between Chuck and Bobby, it hasn’t been able to make as convincing a case for why Chuck won’t let this go.…

Anthony Hopkins is up to all sorts of shenanigans in the Misconduct trailer

There’s all sorts of questions raised by the trailer for new thriller Misconduct, not least of which being, “Are we sure David Mamet didn’t ghostwrite this?” Because it certainly comes across like one of his screenplays, full of corporate intrigue, sexual politics, double-crosses, and all sorts of thorny plotting with…

Malin Akerman joins Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis in Showtime’s Billions

Her ABC sitcom Trophy Wife may have been cancelled, but Malin Akerman will take another stab at TV with a role in the pilot for Billions, an upcoming Showtime drama that promises to take “a forensic look at the world of high finance.” As previously reported, Billions will also star Homeland’s Damian Lewis and Paul…