Spencer Strasmore and an endearing assortment of colleagues, rivals and pro-football clients return for a brand-new season of HBO’s hit comedy from Steve Levinson (Entourage) that digs deeper into the extravagant, high-stakes, big- money world of football in Miami, FL and beyond. This season, after baring his soul at the NFL rookie symposium and checking into rehab for a pain-killer habit, Spencer, along with longtime colleague Joe Krutel, returns to ASM with a new outlook and fresh goals, hoping to forge bonds with new players across the country while improving his relationships with existing clients. Meanwhile, Ricky Jerret weighs money vs. glory in choosing his next team; Vernon Littelfield adjusts to younger competition after accepting a contract from Dallas; ex-Dolphin Charles Greane learns that coaching is at least as all-consuming as playing; and Jason Antolotti continues to orchestrate deals to satisfy both players’ bank account and their oversized egos. This season, in an ever-changing business where the shelf life for stardom and multi-million-dollar contracts are oh-so-short, Spencer is intent on proving that the key to successful sports management isn’t just about making money and having fun – it’s about delivering on the promises you make.
• Helmed by HBO production mainstay Steve Levinson (Entourage, Boardwalk Empire, In Treatment), Ballers continues to be anchored by the effortless charisma of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Dwayne Johnson (The Fate of the Furious, San Andreas), who also serves as an executive producer for this series as well as the recent HBO documentary Rock and a Hard Place. Over the course of two hit seasons (the first episode was the most-watched of an HBO half-hour series since 2009), Ballers has continued to gain buzz and fans, with The San Francisco Chronicle praising it as “very funny” and The Hollywood Reporter calling its second season “so-very-watchable.”
• In addition to Johnson, returning cast members include John David Washington as Ricky; Omar Benson Miller (CSI: Miami) as Charles; Donovan Carter as Vernon; Troy Garity (the Barbershop films) as Jason; Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine) as Joe; London Brown (The Hustle) as Reggie, Vernon’s sidekick; Jazmyn Simon as Julie, Charles’ wife; Dulé Hill (Psych) as Larry Siefert, a Dolphins coach; Richard Schiff as Bret Anderson, head of ASM; and others.