HBO Renews 'The Brink' for Season 2

The epic dark comedy starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins will return.
Merie W. Wallace
'The Brink'

HBO is moving forward with The Brink.

Nearly a month after the dark comedy's debut, the premium cable network has ordered a second season of the Jack Black/Tim Robbins series. The half-hour, which bowed alongside Dwayne Johnson's Ballers in late June, was part of a push to broaden out the network's comedy brand.

Brink centers on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: Walter Larson, U.S. Secretary of State (Robbins); Alex Talbot, a lowly Foreign Service officer (Black); and Zeke Tilson, an ace Navy fighter pilot (Pablo Schreiber). These three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War III.

The Kim and Roberto Benabib created series, which was helmed by HBO go-to Jay Roach generated mixed reviews, with a Metacritic score of just 52. (Already-renewed Ballers nabbed a 65.) Still, the premiere telecast drew a respectable 1.6 million viewers in its 10:30 p.m. slot, down from lead-in Ballers' 2.2 million viewer haul. 

News of Brink's renewal comes two weeks after executive producer Jerry Weintraub, who was integral to selling the spec script to HBO, passed away.

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