This article includes slightly misleading content for the season 6 premiere of “Billions”.
Mr. Big is not the only one.
In an early scene of Premiere season 6 of the Showtime white-collar crime drama “Billions,” the show’s protagonist, Mike Wagner (played by David Costabile), suffers a heart attack while riding a Peloton, a high-end stationary bicycle.
TV viewers can also experience a feeling of déjà vu after seeing the character dismount from his Peloton horse and react with a wave of chest pain amid the plush furnishings. In the first episode Last month since HBO Max’s “Sex and the City” revival, “And Just Like That…”, Carrie’s husband, known as Mr. Big (Chris Noth), dies of a heart attack after finishing his 1,000th Peloton trip.
One difference in the oddly similar plot is that Costabile’s character, a hedge-fund executive at the center of the film, survives. And when he returned to the office from his heart attack, the film had a chance to tackle the parallel beginning of the plot.
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Peloton said in a statement that the company did not agree to use its trademarks or intellectual property on the show, and it did not provide equipment for the episode.
“As mentioned by the program itself,” the statement said, “there are powerful benefits of cardiovascular exercise to help people lead long and happy lives.”
The Season 6 premiere was released unexpectedly early on Friday morning ahead of its scheduled Sunday night premiere. The episode will be available for free through April 10 on multiple streaming platforms, including on Showtime’s own website, Showtime.com, and on YouTube.
In a statement, the show’s executive producers said the scene was written and filmed last spring, months before Mr.Big’s on-screen death. Line of dialogue about Mr. Big was only recently created in post-production.
“We added this line because that’s what Wags was going to say,” they said in the statement. Showtime did not immediately respond to a question about whether Peloton knew about the cameo before the episode premiered.
The ill-fated cameo “Sex and the City” became a problem for Peloton: After the episode premiered, the company’s stock plunged.
The company tried to turn around the not-so-smooth appearance by quickly shoot an online advertisement tells of Noth, who sat happily waiting with his guide Peloton by the fire. But that move backfired when, later that week, The Hollywood Reporter published an article including two women who accused him of sexual assault. Peloton Ads removed from its social media accounts. (Noth called the accusations “clearly false” and yes since being accused among and rejected sexual misconduct by many others.)
The company has faced challenges this week. After CNBC report that the company plans to halt production of its bicycles, Peloton executives issued a statement declined to report but said the company consider laying off some workers. Shares of Peloton reduction 24 percent on Thursday.
The scenes were devised as restrictions forcing people to exercise at home during the pandemic, but the demand for Peloton’s equipment weakened when the country returned to its old habits.
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