Showtime’s Billions and Black Monday will split their current seasons in half to work around the current coronavirus pandemic.
Two of Showtime’s prestige dramas, Billions and Black Monday, will now have their seasons split in half due to production shutdowns caused by the current health crisis, reports TVLine.
According to the article, Billions will still premiere as normal on Sunday, May 3 at 9/8c. The first seven episodes of the season will air uninterrupted before the show goes on hiatus with the remaining five episodes set to premiere sometime later this year.
A similar format will be followed for Don Cheadle’s Black Monday, which is currently airing its second season. On April 12, the series will air its sixth and final episode for the time being. After that, the series will go on hiatus until further notice and then return to air its final episodes of season two.
Additional updates from the premium cable network state that season three of The Chi will air its third season uninterrupted beginning on Sunday, June 21 at 9/8c.
The highly-anticipated Penny Dreadful spin-off, City of Angels, is also expected to premiere as it was originally planned on April 26 at 10/9c with no “expected interruptions.”
Showtime is hardly the first network to make changes in its schedule. Many television series have been forced to shuffle things around due to the pandemic. HBO has postponed its upcoming prestige miniseries starring Nicole Kidman titled The Undoing until the fall. Shows like The Walking Dead and Supernatural have also been affected.
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Seasons of Billions and Black Monday are available to stream on the Showtime app and through Amazon Prime Video channels. Season 5 of Billions will premiere on Sunday, May 3 at 9/8c while Black Monday is currently airing on Sunday nights at 10/9c.