Friday, May 17, 2024

Great News: “Good Wife” Star Julianna Margulies Joining the Fifth Season Cast of “Billions,” Along with Corey Stoll


Ask me what the best TV news could be and I can announce it: Julianna Margulies is joining the cast of Showtime’s “Billions” for its fifth season. She’s going to play Catherine Brant, an Ivy League sociology professor and bestselling author.

Corey Stoll is also joining the show as Michael Prince, a billionaire from Indiana. This is also good news. Showtime is obviously paying for talent.

Julianna’s character will likely be a romantic partner for Damien Lewis’s Bobby Axelrod. I’m sorry if that means Nina Arianda’s gone, but Bobby really destroyed their relationship last season. Arianda should have gotten an Emmy award, but Showtime can’t seem to get any accolades for this great, great show. It’s the weirdest mystery of the Emmys: why some shows are just removed from the running with no explanation. “The Wire” was the same way.

I ran into Margulies a couple of weeks ago when she co-hosted Project ALS with Ben Stiller. She really had no immediate plans when we spoke, so this must be a new deal. She’s one of our best actresses, and I can’t wait to see her on my guilty pleasure show.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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