Showtime is throwing more money at Billions with Millions and Trillions of spin-offs
When you have Billions, you might as well shoot for Trillions.
Showtime is going all in on Billions as the network maps out four different potential spin-offs, including ones that are titled Millions and Trillions, EW has learned.
Billions creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien are currently working out what the first spin-off will be, one that's set in Miami. They are also overseeing development of a potential spin-off set in London.
Elsewhere, Millions is planning to be a Billions off-shoot about young up-and-comers in finance, and Trillions would have a soapier tone as it peeks into the mega-rich sect.
These developments come after news broke that Showtime would be merging with the Paramount+ streaming platform. Multiple programs have since been canceled, including American Gigolo and Let the Right One In.
Jeff Neumann/SHOWTIME 'Billions' spin-offs 'Millions' and 'Trillions' are in the works.
Damian Lewis headlined the mothership show on Showtime for five seasons before he made a surprise exit with the season 5 finale in October 2021. The actor had hoped to spend more time with his family in London after years of commuting back and forth to the U.S. to film Billions. He has now set up shop at MGM+ with a limited series called A Spy Among Friends.
Showtime kept on with Billions in his absence. The network ordered a seventh season after season 6 finished up last April.
The Wall Street Journal was the first to report the news of the spin-offs.
In addition, Showtime is expanding the world of Dexter. The first on the docket is an origin story prequel that is set in Dexter Morgan's hometown of Miami. The working title is Dexter: Origins and it will touch on the stories of real-life serial killers of the time period.
"Set in the Miami that was a hotbed of real serial killers of his time, the show will begin as Dexter graduates college to join Miami Metro, where he meets younger versions of many of the characters we came to know in the original Dexter," reads an official description. "And, of course, the show will also focus on Dexter's family, including a very-much-alive Harry and a very formidable, teenage Deb."
But that's not all: We could very well see multiple spin-offs based on the backstories of various Dexter characters, like the Trinity Killer, who was played on the main show by John Lithgow. Showtime is exploring those options as we speak.
Seacia Pavao/SHOWTIME Michael C. Hall as Dexter in 'Dexter: New Blood'
Sequel series Dexter: New Blood premiered in January 2022, and another incarnation is in the works, as well.
"The Dexter saga has been an undeniable creative and popular success for Showtime, both in its original, groundbreaking form and the record-setting Dexter: New Blood," said Chris McCarthy, the President/CEO of Showtime and Paramount Media. "The series is a rich foundation for other shows in the lane of complex, subversive antiheroes that Showtime has always done so brilliantly. Clyde is deep into compelling stories and characters that will satisfy the cravings of our multifaceted audience."
Lastly, Showtime ordered an espionage political thriller series that is currently titled The Department, which is based on the international French hit Le Bureau des Legendes. Oscar winner George Clooney will direct the show, which is being likened to Homeland.
"Just as Homeland elevated global espionage to new heights, The Department will take viewers even deeper into a world of intrigue and subterfuge with complicated characters who struggle with their own demons as they fight existential threats to the nation and the world," McCarthy said.
This article was updated with additional confirmations about the Dexter projects from Showtime.
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