HBO cancels a few comedies and signs on a few. We just got a go for THE BRINK and now we add the comedy BALLERS to the lineup. This one is a sports based comedy which HBO hasn’t focused on since FIRST & TEN aired in the early days. We started tracking this show a while ago even before it got a title, all we knew was that Dwayne Johnson was onboard.
It started on 06.07.13 when we reported that Mr. J. was interested in producing and starring on a pilot he’d pitch to HBO. We announced on 11.14.13 that the pilot was officially called BALLERS where we stated then and repeat now that – it sounds like a sequel to HUNG, doesn’t it? But it is not, as we have mentioned before. BALLERS is all about the lives of some current and former sports players.
Some other posts told us of cast members as they were announced. We have Omar Benson Miller as Charles, an affable former pro athlete who is searching for his next career; Denzel Washington’s son John David Washington as Ricky, a highly competitive and highly spiritual pro athlete; Rob Corddry as Joe, a financial advisor who tries really hard to fit in; Troy Garity as Jason, a top-tier sports agent; Donovan Carter as Vernon, a deeply family-oriented pro athlete; Jazmyn Simon as Julie, wife of an ex-pro athlete; Taylor Cole as Michaels, an ESPN sideline reporter who is romantically involved with Spencer; and LeToya Luckett as Tina, widow to one of Spencer’s closest friends. We have yet to report, so do so here that Rob Corddry (pictured) and Christine Bently are the latest to join the cast. Coddry plays Joe, a financial advisor who tries really hard to fit in; and Bently (also in HBO’s FAMILY TREE) will play Molly, a pro-athlete out to win the LPGA. Molly is the girlfriend of the shows sports agent played by Garity.
There does not seem to be any particulars of plot yet. Exactly how all these characters know each other in Miami Florida and what kind of scenarios they face are not clear nor is it clear how many episodes will be in the first season. HBOWatch will continue to keep track of this comedy as it gets into production. Are you interested in seeing Dwayne Johnson on HBO? Though the plot seems vague it does have great people behind it. Producing partners Steve Levinson and Mark Wahlberg are who are no strangers to HBO are behind the project. So look for BALLERS coming on screen late this year at the earliest.