HBO has renewed their Dwayne Johnson comedy vehicle Ballers for a ten episode second season, only three episodes into the show’s first season. The network has not yet decided on the fates of either True Detective or The Brink.
“The charismatic and hugely talented Dwayne Johnson, along with the rest of the Ballers cast, has truly struck a chord with the HBO audience,” said Michael Lombardo. President of HBO Programming. “We are thrilled with the overwhelming response the series has received and look forward to another exciting season.”
Since its series premiere last month, Ballers has been a big performer for HBO and has firmly established itself as something of a hit. The first episode has been watched by 8.9 million viewers across HBO’s branded platforms, making it HBO’s most watched first episode of a half-hour series since 2009. Additionally, the episode has also tallied 5.6 million views on Dwayne Johnson’s Facebook page.
Ballers explores the whirlwind lifestyle and real-life problems of a group of former and current football players. The series follows Spencer is a retired football superstar who is trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players in sun-soaked Miami. Though they’re pros when it comes to playing the game, each one has a harder time navigating life off the field.
The comedy series was created by Stephen Levinson (Entourage and Boardwalk Empire) and stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (San Andreas), John David Washington, Omar Miller (CSI: Miami), Donovan Carter, Troy Garity (Barbershop), Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), London Brown (The Hustle) and Jazmyn Simon. The executive producers are Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Evan Reilly, Rob Weiss, Julian Farino and Denis Biggs.