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Showtime's 'Billions' boasts Long Island plotline

Damian Lewis participates in the

Damian Lewis participates in the "Billions" panel at the Showtime Summer TCA Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Photo Credit: AP / Richard Shotwell

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- A little bit of Long Island has come to Showtime in recent seasons -- from "The Affair" to "Masters of Sex" -- and a little bit more arrives early next year, when "Billions" debuts.

Created by CNBC anchor/New York Times reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin, the new series is about a brutal hedge fund manager (Damian Lewis from "Homeland") who crosses swords with an ambitious U.S. district attorney (Paul Giamatti). Parts of the pilot, which will premiere on Jan. 17, were filmed on the East End, while Lewis' character -- Bobby "Axe" Axelrod -- went to Hofstra.

The show is produced by screenwriter Brian Koppelman ("Ocean's Thirteen") who was raised in Roslyn Harbor, and his production partner, David Levien, is also an LI native.

"Axelrod's hedge fund is in Westport, Connecticut, and that's where he lives. We shot a little bit out in the Hamptons because that's where he bought the house. If you look at the worlds where these guys live, it's basically Manhattan, The Hamptons and Connecticut," Levien told TV critics Tuesday.

Koppelman said of the show's anti-protagonist: "We all liked the idea of somebody who didn't have . . . certain advantages and who wasn't admitted to the club at an early time. Hofstra represented that to us. And Dave and I are both from Long Island, proudly."

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