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The 'Billions' Crew Has a New Big Boss in the Season 6 Premiere

With Bobby Axelrod out of the picture, the man who nearly ruined him, Michael Thomas Aquinas Prince, takes over Axe Capital and gets a hostile welcome.

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Showtime

Buffalo Springfield plays, and a flannel-clad Paul Giamatti, riding atop a tractor, leads a righteous pitchfork mob across a field toward a row of ancient cannons. No one ever accused the show called Billions, about a bunch of extremely wealthy people making billions (of dollars), of being subtle. The first scene of the Showtime series’ Season 6 premiere “Cannonade” is another characteristic in media res opening for a show that loves to keep us guessing until the last second, and a bit of foreshadowing for the episode’s overall theme: the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Out with Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis, who left at the end of Season 5), and in with Mike Prince (Corey Stoll), who has swiftly and decisively taken the reins of Axe Capital-now Michael Prince Capital, naturellement-but this horse turns out to be a tough one to break. Not a single one of the remaining moneymakers at MPC trusts Prince after he stole the company and tried to ruin Axe for good, and his Nice Boss routine isn’t helping. In-house therapist Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff) sees right through it, tech innovator Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon) can’t be bothered to show up to meetings on time, and Axe’s former Number One, Wags (David Costabile), is simply treading water waiting to be fired so he gets his $80 billion payout. It also doesn’t help that the Nimbus rings Prince gifts his new employees transmit all of their health data straight to him-though it does help Wags avoid having a heart attack on his Peloton. (It’s just a hilarious coincidence that this plot point bears so much similarity to the shocking death in the premiere of And Just Like That, the show’s creators claim.)

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Showtime

Meanwhile, Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) has moved his camp upstate to a nice parcel of farmland with at least one field to till and one cow who happens to be a little sensitive to his downstream neighbor’s dawn and dusk cannon salutes. The steely Melville Revere (guest star Michael McKean) has amassed a phalanx of Revolutionary War-era guns that he fires off daily in celebration of taking back his old family property, thanks to the money he makes as a security contractor, and Chuck’s hackles are up. Setting Revere straight will be something nice to spend his time on while he’s reveling in the fresh countryside air, and he wastes no time in doing so, heading to the local public house to marshal a horde of citizens to his cause.

Back at MPC, the troops are perturbed by Prince’s nicey-nicey routine, and behind the scenes Wags refuses to quit, even after Prince tries to get him to leave with his health ring stunt. Like Axe Cap, Michael Prince Capital is an office where people will stare at you through the windows of your glassed-in office for full minutes before coming to talk to you. Wendy, freed from her weird love triangle now that Axe is out of the picture, can focus on doing her actual job, and advises Prince not to make his employees feel like prisoners, and somehow gain their trust.

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Showtime

As it happens, Revere is a MPC investor (formerly an Axe investor) and he contacts Prince to complain about Chuck, which gives Prince an idea. Starting his new company off on a clean slate is proving to be more difficult than anticipated, thanks to the legacy of shady dealings left in Axe’s wake, so Prince fires all but one of the investors (including Revere and Chuck’s father) and announces he’s creating “The Prince List,” a club of squeaky-clean billionaires who have to pitch themselves to MPC, instead of the other way around. It’s an insane move, but it gains the respect of the team, as everyone knows people with tons of money can’t stand being excluded from stuff.

Back at the ranch, Chuck has bribed a member of the State Department of Environmental Conservation to plant endangered turtles on Revere’s land, therefore barring him from disturbing the peace with his obnoxious cannons. Chuck has another entitled billionaire to play Robin Hood with, which should keep him occupied while he searches for a way to keep antagonizing a certain hedge fund firm back in the big city. Shouldn’t be too long. Old habits die hard.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Emma Stefansky is a staff entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @stefabsky.

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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