Ballers is an American comedy drama series that premiered its first episode on July 10, 2015 on the premium cable channel HBO (Home Box Office). The series was created by Stephen Levinson (Entourage and Prisoners). Executive producers include Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Fast and Furious 6 and San Andreas), Dany Garcia (Snitch and Baywatch), Mark Wahlberg (Entourage and Wahlburgers), Peter Berg (Lone Survivor and Collateral), Steven Levinson and Rob Weiss (Entourage and American Psycho). The series cast includes Johnson, Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine and Warm Bodies), John David Washington (Malcolm X and The Book of Eli) and Omar Miller (8 Mile and Shall We Dance).
@Ballers is based in Miami, home to sun, surf, and the wealthy beautiful people. Enter Spencer Strasmore (portrayed by Johnson), a retired former NFL football superstar turned financial manager with Anderson Financial who is trying to find the same fame in his professional life as he did in his football playing days. He is a financial manager for current ball players or ballers as they are called. Instructed by his boss, Joe, that he needs to up his game and turn his friendships into money producing clients, Spencer proceeds to build his base, recruiting up and coming players and fellow veteran stars alike. What starts out as a plan to be their financial and money advisor turns into much more. He soon finds himself helping them plot their way through the ups and downs that is part of being successful ball players. He helps them wade through the every-day pitfalls and problems that being a baller entails. His fellow financial manager at Anderson Financial is Joe Krutel (portrayed by Corddry). Joe is constantly trying to fit in at the firm, in an over achieving sort of manner. Also featured is Ricky Jerret (portrayed by Washington) who is a super competitive NFL player, who also exhibits a spiritual side to this personality. Finally we have Charles Greane (portrayed by Miller). Greane is a friendly, good natured former NFL baller who is constantly in search of his next big career move.
@Ballers currently shows with a rating of 7.5 out of 10 on the IMDB site, and an 80% on Rotten Tomatoes. The demographics for the series over the first season into the beginning of this season, its second, are very favorable as well. With the first season premiere episode the demographics show that 2.16 million viewers tuned in to see what all the fuss was about. Through that first season, the figures had some ups and downs, but with the season finale the showings were still good with 1.40 million viewers. The second season didn’t get off to quite the start that the premiere episode did, but it does show with a very respectable 1.59 million viewers. The most probable assumption for the pretty much consistent demographics on this one would be that the name of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is on this series. Having just recently come into his own with a prosperous film and movie career, one would tend to hypothesize that the fans he has garnered in that realm have chosen to follow him into the television realm. I am sure this is not something that the series creators and show runners feel happened by chance, it was most assuredly planned when he was chosen as the series star. As for the critics take on the series, their reviews are pretty favorable with statements like “#Ballers may not be a game-changer, but it scores point with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, who brings charm and depth to the NFL version of “Entourage””.
Baller has been confirmed for being greenlighted for a return of a third season. If you would like to catch the current season’s episodes tune in Sundays at 9pm on the premium cable channel HBO.
Does the fact that ‘The Rock’ heads up the cast of the series make it so popular? Or, do the storylines and characters stand on their
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