Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is busier than ever with his movie career but he’s still making time for television. HBO has announced that his Ballers TV show has been renewed for a fifth season on the cable channel.
An HBO comedy-drama, Ballers stars Johnson, Rob Corddry, John David Washington, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, London Brown, Jazmyn Simon and Brittany S. Hall. The series follows former superstar Spencer Strasmore (Johnson), who has re-invented himself as a financial adviser for both young phenoms and veteran superstars. Spencer’s role in his clients’ lives far exceeds money management as he struggles to help them navigate the many pitfalls that come with life in the spotlight. In season four, he and Joe (Corddry) head to Los Angeles, in hopes of capitalizing on the action sports market.
Season four of Ballers kicked off on August 12th. The four installments that have aired thus far have averaged a 0.40 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 958,000 viewers. Compared to season three, that’s down by about 50% in each category. A decline was expected since, last summer, Ballers aired out of HBO’s biggest show, Game of Thrones.
HBO also renewed Insecure for a fourth season today. Both HBO series are expected to air their respective new seasons next year. Here’s a portion of the press release:
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 6, 2018 – HBO has renewed the comedy series BALLERS for a fifth season and INSECURE for a fourth season, it was announced today by Amy Gravitt, executive vice president, HBO Programming.
Exploring the glamorous and often cutthroat world of pro football through a group of past and present players striving to stay in the game, BALLERS stars Dwayne Johnson as ex-superstar Spencer Strasmore, who has reinvented himself as a financial manager for today’s players. Created by Stephen Levinson (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”), the hit comedy series returned for its nine-episode fourth season Sunday, Aug. 12 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT).
Other cast regulars for the current season include: John David Washington, Rob Corddry, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, London Brown and Brittany S. Hall.
Season four credits: BALLERS was created by Stephen Levinson; executive produced by Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Rob Weiss, Denis Biggs, Karyn McCarthy and Julian Farino.