This Sunday June 21st at 10pm, set a reminder for the premiere of the much anticipated HBO series Ballers, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The show was created by Steve Levinson (Entourage) and is set in Miami.
It falls within the boundaries of being a half-hour dramedy centered on a group of current and former professional football players, as well as their families, friends, and handlers. The series goes beyond the game and explores not only the challenges that current players face, but also takes a behind-the-scenes, real look into their lives both on and off the field.
Created by Steve Levinson (Entourage) and produced by Mark Wahlberg (Entourage) among others, the pilot is directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Leftovers). Dwayne Johnson (“The Rock”) stars as Spencer Strasmore, a retired pro-football player, who is now struggling in his new career as a financial advisor. In his new role, he tries to advise his NFL friends financially and professionally, but identifies with the trials they are going through and tries (in vain) to protect them from making the same mistakes he and his teammates made.
Plot line: Looking at the lives of former and current football players, the show follows former superstar Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) as he gets his life on track in retirement while mentoring other current and former players through the daily grind of the business of football.
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Rob Corddry, John David Washington, Omar Miller, Donovan Carter, London Brown, Troy Garity, Jazmyn Simon, and Dulé Hill