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Ballers

Ballers

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Photo Credit:  Jeff Daly / HBO
  • Premiered: 
    June 21, 2015
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  • Network: HBO
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Comedy (Sitcom)
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Steve Levinson 
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Plot Synopsis

BALLERS is a half-hour comedy series that explores the whirlwind lifestyle and real-life problems of a group of former and current football players, as retired superstar Spencer Strasmore gets his life on track while mentoring others through the daily grind of the business of football. Spencer is trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players in sunsoaked Miami. His inner circle includes Ricky, a talented but volatile wide receiver who seeks to balance his off-field antics with his passion for the game; Charles, a reluctantly retired lineman who's finding it hard to adjust to civilian life; and Vernon, a player with a rookie contract, whose promise never to forget "where he came from" brings scores of hangers-on into his life, and lands him in big financial trouble. Though they're pros when it comes to playing the game, each one has a harder time navigating life off the field. Several real-life athletes appear as guest stars in this series, including Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Jared Odrick, safety Will Davis and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe; former NFL players Jeremy Shockey and Rashard Mendenhal; Oakland Raiders defensive end LaMarr Woodley; New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz; Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer; and more. BALLERS is executive produced by Steve Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg, Dany Garcia, Julian Farino, Evan Reilly and Rob Weiss.

The sophomore season of BALLERS premiered on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT on HBO. Things are getting more competitive and complicated for retired football star turned financial manager Spencer Strasmore. As the lines between professional and personal blur in his pursuit of lasting success and glory, Spencer must face demons from the past when he goes head-to-head with the biggest business manager on the scene. Meanwhile, Spencer's closest friends and clients struggle to find their footing. A humbled Ricky explores his options as a free agent, while getting to know the father who left him behind; Charles tries to balance a new baby and his future in the game; and Vernon deals with the consequences of his life off the field. Returning to help Spencer juggle lucrative deals and big personalities are his outrageous business partner, Joe; level-headed agent, Jason; and girlfriend/sports reporter, Tracy. In a business where it's go big or go home, Spencer and his crew are about to learn that having it all means being ready to fight for more dollars, deals and respect. In the season opener, "Face of the Franchise," Spencer is convinced to appear on a talk show and ends up facing off with an old adversary, which puts his company and reputation in jeopardy. A reformed Ricky gets bad news in advance of his 30th birthday party. Charles relishes his new status as a fan favorite, but may face changes on the field.

Season 3 of BALLERS premiered on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT on HBO. After baring his soul at the rookie symposium and undergoing hip surgery, Spencer Strasmore returns with a new outlook and fresh goals, hoping to forge bonds with new players across the country while improving his relationships with existing clients. With league certification in hand, Joe Krutel and Spencer go after a jackpot deal. Ricky Jerret's newfound discoveries affect his personal and professional life; Vernon Littlefield and Reggie accept a risky endorsement deal; ex-player Charles Greane learns that working in the front office is as rough as playing on the gridiron; and Jason Antolotti continues to orchestrate deals to satisfy both players' bank accounts and their oversized egos. In an ever-changing business where the shelf life for stardom and multi-million-dollar contracts are 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. Season 3 guest stars include Richard Schiff, Steve Guttenberg, Steven Weber, Emayatzy Corinealdi and Serinda Swan.

The fourth season of BALLERS premiered on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT on HBO. This season, having refused to compromise his principles by joining an alliance with the filthy-rich Anderson brothers to move a football franchise to Las Vegas, Spencer and his partner Joe Krutel set their sights on expanding their firm's foothold in the client-management business. Meanwhile, Ricky eyes a comeback while chafing at his new life as a father; Charles faces the challenges of being a general manager; Vernon continues his profligate ways, to the chagrin of his sidekick, Reggie; and Jason tries to set Spencer up with a high-school prodigy, Quincy Crawford, and his equally impressive mother, Jayda. Other returning cast regulars include John David Washington, Rob Corddry, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, London Brown and Brittany S. Hall. Returning guest stars include Carl McDowell, Jazmyn Simon, Robert Wisdom, Richard Schiff and Steven Weber. New guest stars for Season 4 include Russell Brand, Joy Bryant, Ernie Hudson and Grace Zabriskie.
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The fifth and final season of BALLERS premiered on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 10:35pm ET/PT on HBO. This season finds Spencer settling into retirement and reflecting on his past, when an offer that's too good to refuse comes his way and sends him back into the lion's den, this time as a team owner. In the wake of his split with Spencer, an ambitious Joe gambles aggressively to make Sports X greater than ever with the help of his new partner, Lance. Meanwhile, Ricky has a startling setback that forces him to consider a new kind of future and tests his physical, mental and emotional resolve; Charles learns that being a general manager means getting your hands dirty; Vernon shifts his focus to his love of professional gaming despite Reggie's wariness; and Jason decides to take his career to the next level. Returning guest stars include Russell Brand, Carl McDowell, Jazmyn Simon, Jay Glazer, Mark Schlereth, Robert Wisdom, Richard Schiff, Steven Weber and Emayatzy Corinealdi. New guest stars for season five include Catherine Haena Kim, Odell Beckham Jr., Melvin Gordon, Rick Fox, Mikey Alfred, Randy Couture, DeAndre Hopkins, Derwin James, Von Miller, Malcolm Jenkins and Dante Fowler Jr. Season 5 episodes include:

"Protocol is for Losers" (Debuts Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 10:35-11:00 p.m. ET/PT): While peacefully enjoying retirement and reflecting on his past, Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) gets a tantalizing offer. A year after splitting with Spencer, Joe (Rob Corddry) eyes a big swing at Sports X with his new partner, Lance (Russell Brand). Ricky (John David Washington) finds himself in hot water with Charles (Omar Miller), and Vernon (Donovan W. Carter) considers a life change, much to Reggie's (London Brown) chagrin.
Written by Stephen Levinson & Rob Weiss; directed by Chloe Domont.

"Must Be the Shoes" (Debuts Sunday, September 1, 2019 from 10:35-11:00 p.m. ET/PT): After learning of competing owner offers, Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) engages with past allies. Joe (Rob Corddry) is tasked with apologizing for creating a hostile work environment with the help of Kate (Catherine Haena Kim), a sharp Sports X exec. Ricky (John David Washington) and Vernon (Donovan W. Carter) each consider different kinds of futures, while Charles (Omar Miller) tries to hide some unwelcome news.
Written by Rob Weiss & Stephen Levinson; directed by Chloe Domont.

"Copernicursed" (Debuts Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 10:40-11:10 p.m. ET/PT): Just as Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) reaches out to him with the job of a lifetime, Jason (Troy Garity) gets an interesting counteroffer from Joe (Rob Corddry). Vernon (Donovan W. Carter) has a tryout at an e-sports company and Reggie (London Brown) bemoans his position at Sports X. Ricky (John David Washington) turns to old ways to deal with his new situation. Charles (Omar Miller) considers a solution to another headache.
Written by Stephen Levinson & Rob Weiss; directed by Chloe Domont.

"Municipal" (Debuts Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 10:40-11:10 p.m. ET/PT): Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) settles into his new position and makes a potentially unpopular decision. With Sports X teetering on the edge financially, Joe (Rob Corddry) gets sidetracked with his personal life. Ricky (John David Washington) tries his hand in the media and voices his true feelings about an ally. Reggie (London Brown) comes to Vernon (Donovan W. Carter) with a proposal that will make them both happy.
Written by Rob Weiss & Stephen Levinson; directed by Rob Weiss.

"Crumbs" (Debuts Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 10:35-11:05 p.m. ET/PT): Spencer faces pressure from all sides as he fights for Kisan. Ricky (John David Washington) gets mixed feedback about his radio show. Reggie (London Brown), Vernon (Donovan W. Carter) and Lance (Russell Brand) struggle to convince Joe (Rob Corddry) to invest in a new business. Charles (Omar Miller) works hard to land a big player. Jason (Troy Garity) goes through tough negotiations with the Anderson brothers.
Written by Stephen Levinson & Rob Weiss; directed by Rob Weiss.

"Entertainment" (Debuts Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT): In the wake of an unexpected tragedy, Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) prepares for his first owners meeting. While trying to balance work and his relationship with Kate (Catherine Haena Kim), Joe (Rob Corddry) decides to go on Ricky's (John David Washington) radio show. Charles (Omar Miller) deals with an unexpected health crisis in the middle of his busiest time at work. Vernon (Donovan W. Carter), Reggie (London Brown) and Lance (Russell Brand) try to recruit a trio of gaming siblings for their new league. Jason (Troy Garity) celebrates his anniversary.
Written by Jason Lew; directed by Simon Cellan Jones.

"Who Wants a Lollipop" (Debuts Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT): When Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) returns to the Sports X offices to work out a major player deal, he and Joe (Rob Corddry) air past grievances and later, Spencer makes a big public statement that's sure to have consequences. Charles (Omar Miller) mulls over a new deal from Werner after getting a wakeup call about his health. Ricky (John David Washington) gets defensive in a meeting with a Hollywood bigwig who has ambitious plans for his future. Vernon (Donovan W. Carter), Reggie (London Brown) and Lance (Russell Brand) arrive at their first Esports tournament as underdogs.
Written by Rob Weiss & Stephen Levinson; directed by Simon Cellan Jones.

"Players Only" (Series finale debuts Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 11-11:35pm ET/PT): Despite having a bullseye on his back, Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) refuses to back down in his fight for the league's players. Joe (Rob Corddry) embraces a new state of mind as he finds peace with himself. Julie (Jazmyn Simon) encourages Charles (Omar Miller) to take care of unfinished business. Ricky (John David Washington) decides to strike out on his own with his latest project. Reggie (London Brown) takes the next step in his career, with some encouragement from Vernon (Donovan W. Carter).
Written by Stephen Levinson & Rob Weiss; directed by Chloe Domont.

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