Executive producer Brian Koppelman dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Tuesday to discuss his new show, “Billions,” which premiers Jan. 17 on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET.

“Think of the opportunity to be on Showtime at 10 p.m. on Sunday night,” Koppelman said on Ferrall on the Bench. “When you shoot the pilot, you don’t know if you’re going to make the series, and then you make the pilot and they say, ‘All right, we’re making the series.’ We looked at each other like, ‘This is a golden opportunity. They are giving us this real estate. Sundays at 10. We have to earn it.’ You got to earn it now. It’s everything you have in you.”

The drama series will star Paul Giamatti, who plays plays U.S. district attorney Chuck Rhoades, and Damian Lewis, who plays hedge-fund king Bobby Axelrod.

“It’s such an exciting thing because these are really titanic actors,” Koppelman said.

Giamatti, who is committed to justice, and Lewis, who isn’t as squeaky-clean as his public persona suggests, will oppose each other in the premier and for much of the season.

“He is awesome at playing this guy, where you don’t know if you should love him or hate him,” Koppelman said of Lewis. “Is he really bad? Is he good? He’s so charismatic and smart and you just feel the power coming from him.”

The series also stars Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Constable and Condola Rashad, among others.


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