It’s easy to dismiss HBO’s Ballers as “Entourage for sports.” The show’s many excesses – cars, booze, women, yachts and beyond – do help earn that reputation but that isn’t the whole picture. For one thing, Ballers has always felt more ambitious with its character work, even if it doesn’t always grasp what it’s reaching for. For another, this show has Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Even if Ballers isn’t a show you would normally tune in for, you end up watching anyway because he’s just so damn…charming.
Johnson, co-star Rod Corddry and all of their friends are back in the first teaser for Season 3 of the series, which moves the action to Los Angeles and hints at even bigger plans ahead. After hitting bottom and getting his act together at the end of Season 2, Spencer Strasmore (Johnson) is riding high. His company’s on the right track, he’s making money, and he’s got Steph Curry on the phone. Naturally, he wants to take his business global. Even in this brief look at the season, though, it’s clear there’s trouble brewing.
And, of course, there are all the trappings of Ballers we’ve come to know and love, from lingerie to shots to sports cars. It’s not the most sophisticated show but it’s delicious TV comfort food after the bloody bleakness of an episode of Game of Thrones.
Ballers returns July 23.