Singapore – Starring Dwayne Johnson in his first major television series, HBO’s new series Ballers explores the whirlwind lifestyle and real-life problems of a group of former and current football players.
The series kicks off its ten-episode season same time as the U.S. immediately after True Detective – 22 June at 10am (9am Thai.Jkt), with a same day primetime encore at 10pm (9pm Thai.Jkt) on HBO. New episodes debut on Mondays at the same time. Ballers will also be on HBO GO from 22 June and HBO On Demand* (StarHub TV Ch 602) from 29 June.
Spencer is a retired football superstar who is trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players in sun-soaked 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.
Ballers stars Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas, Furious 7) as Spencer Strasmore, John David
Washington as Ricky Jerret, Omar Miller (CSI: Miami) as Charles Greane and Donovan Carter as Vernon Littlefield. Other series regulars include Troy Garity (Barbershop), Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), London Brown (The Hustle) and Jazmyn Simon.
Created by Stephen Levinson (HBO’s Entourage) and executive produced by Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Evan Reilly, Rob Weiss, Julian Farino and Denis Biggs; co-executive producer, Hiram Garcia.
Episode S101: “Pilot”
Premieres same time as the U.S. − 22 June, 10am (9am Thai.Jkt) on HBO
Primetime encores on HBO – 22 June (10pm / 9pm Thai.Jkt), 25 June (11.30pm / 10.30pm Thai.Jkt)
After the unexpected demise of a friend and former teammate, retired football superstar
Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) ramps up his efforts to build a post-football career in Miami, and feels pressure from Joe (Rob Corddry), his boss at a financial firm, to “monetise his friendships.” Meanwhile, recently retired player Charles (Omar Miller), copes with the realities of finding a new job. Talented wide receiver Ricky (John David Washington) is forced to put his pride aside to find a new home. Vernon (Donovan Carter), a player on the rise, finds himself in a tight spot and reaches out to Spencer for help.
Written by Stephen Levinson; directed by Peter Berg.
Episode S102: “Raise Up”
Premieres same time as the U.S. – 29 June, 10am (9am Thai.Jkt) on HBO
Primetime encores on HBO − 29 June (10pm / 9pm Thai.Jkt), 2 July (10.45pm / 9.45pm Thai.Jkt)
A cash-strapped Spencer struggles to close a deal when Vernon’s best friend, Reggie (London Brown) refuses to step aside, while Jason (Troy Garity) works hard to renegotiate for his client. On his first day of workouts, Ricky finds that not all his new teammates are friendly. At his new job, Charles finds it hard to keep his mind off the game. At a brunch to talk business, Spencer counsels Vernon to learn from his mistakes.
Written by Evan Reilly; directed by Julian Farino.
* HBO GO and HBO On Demand are available in selected territories