If you enjoyed watching “Ballers” on HBO over the course of the past several weeks, you may have a certain pit in your stomach now that it’s over. The show did get a ten-episode first season (pretty good for a comedy on this particular network just starting out), but now you’re left in a holding pattern for at least nine months or more until you can get your hands on some new episodes.
Schedule-wise, there is really no way that the second season could premiere before next summer. Even if star Dwayne Johnson was not busy on a number of other big projects, there are some other variables to consider here. First and foremost, HBO already has a great lineup in the spring with “Game of Thrones” plus “Silicon Valley” and “Veep.” There’s no real room for it.
The only question mark if the show does return in the summer is what the network will pair it with? For example, “The Leftovers” was moved to fall, and “True Detective” season 3 will probably not be ready by then, given that we have almost no indication that HBO and Nic Pizzolatto are even working on it yet. Luckily, “Ballers” proved that it really does not need to have a huge show before it to perform well. It delivered very good ratings this summer, and we feel that it was fairly independent of its lead-in, which probably received at least somewhat of a decent audience.
Ultimately, the biggest draw of the series is going to be its star, given that Johnson continues to do feature films and has a huge fan-base. As long as he continues to be active and the show is promoted, we don’t see the story of Spencer stopping anytime soon.
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