10:10am PT by Kate Stanhope
HBO Renews 'Ballers' for Season Two
Ballers is getting called back to the field.
HBO has renewed the football comedy for a second season, the network announced Friday.
The half-hour series centers on a former football player (Dwayne Johnson) and his quest to reinvent himself as a financial manager. Through his friends still in the game, the series takes a look at the lives of professional football players on and off the field. John David Washington, Omar Miller, Donovan W. Carter, Troy Garity, London Brown, Jazmyn Simon and Rob Corddry also star.
Created by Stephen Levinson (Entourage), the series is exec produced by Mark Wahlberg, Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Evan Reilly, Rob Weiss, Julian Farino and Denis Biggs.
"The charismatic and hugely talented Dwayne Johnson, along with the rest of the Ballers cast, has truly struck a chord with the HBO audience,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. “We are thrilled with the overwhelming response the series has received and look forward to another exciting season.”
Ballers grabbed a respectable 2.2 million viewers in live-plus-same-day ratings when it debuted in June. Since then, the first episode of the series has drawn 8.9 million viewers across the network's branded platforms and now ranks as HBO's most watched first episode of a half-hour series since 2009.
Ballers joins a slate of network comedies including Girls, Veep, Silicon Valley, Togetherness, Doll & Em and the upcoming final season of Getting On. HBO's other new comedy, The Brink, is still awaiting word on a renewal.