Billions Cast by James Minchin/SHOWTIME; Amazing Race by Robert Voets/CBS
Why wouldn’t you watch a polished new drama about high finance in New York and environs? Paul Giamatti portrays U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades and Damian Lewis is Bobby Axelrod, a genius who runs Axe Capital, a fictional Westport hedge fund. The two match wits and ambition as they try to outmaneuver each other. Love them or hate them, you’ll be hooked. Find it on Showtime; sho.com
ALISAN PORTER, SINGER
Remember that adorable, big-haired star of the movie Curly Sue? Well, she also performed with Staples Players and on Broadway in Footloose and A Chorus Line. At the outset of season 10 of The Voice, who would have guessed that she’d blow away the judges? Westporters, that’s who. She sang “Blue Bayou” to a standing ovation by Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton. See more at NBC (nbc.com/the-voice) or Lil’ Mamas (thelilmamas.com), which was founded by Alisan; Celia Behar is president.
Amazing Race (Kurt Gibson on right)
KURT GIBSON, RACER
Amazing Race, season twenty-eight. The super-long-running reality TV show continues to entertain viewers and attract compelling contestants, including area resident Kurt Gibson, thirty, and his best friend and Ultimate Frisbee teammate Brodie Smith, twenty-eight. Gibson, a national account sales manager at PepsiCo, notes he was worried about losing his wallet overseas, wondered how he’d tolerate his teammate’s snoring and hoped to see Egypt. He has already come a long way by beating cancer.
Find it on CBS; cbs.com/shows/amazing_race
THE SECOND FATTEST HOUSEWIFE IN WESTPORT
SARAH DUNN, WRITER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
The title of this new family comedy just might make you avoid the bakery aisle of your local market. Katie is a mom trying to raise her three kids in an affluent suburb filled with “perfect” women and children. The show, with Katy Mixon, Diedrich Bader, Carly Hughes and Ali Wong, was picked up in January by ABC. Tune in at ABC; abc.go.com