Winning time: The rise of the Lakers dynasty He has come to an end.
Following the Season 2 finale on Sunday, creator Max Borenstein confirmed the news on X.
“It’s not the ending we were thinking about.” he wrote. “But nothing but gratitude and love.”
Director Sally Richardson Followed on Instagram With “When you give it your all, you won’t have any regrets. I hope you enjoy the latest episode of @winningtimehbo I’m sure I’ll be doing more TV hours and hopefully many more features in my future, but I can say that at this moment I’m most proud of the work we’ve done on this amazing show.
Season two of Winning time It returned to HBO on August 6 with a total of 629,000 viewers across Max and linear broadcast television. That was a fall from grace, considering the 901,000 people who tuned in to season one for the first time in March 2022. By May of that year, season one had managed to amass 1.6 million same-day viewers for the finale. (Although it probably doesn’t help that Season 1 will also likely benefit from the March Madness hype, when basketball is already at the forefront of fans’ minds.)
The HBO series is based on Jeff Perlman’s book, Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Dynasty of the 1980s. The second leg of the show focused on the period following the 1980 NBA Finals through 1984, culminating in the first professional game between the greatest stars of the era: Magic (Quincy Isaiah) and the Boston Celtics’ Larry Bird (Sean Patrick Small).
Last month, Perlman went on X to implore people to check out season two. “I’m telling you the future of ‘Winning Time’ hangs in the balance,” Perlman tweeted. “We need viewers. Strikes are crippling. Please help spread the word. Season 2 is amazing. But…HBO is big on #s,” he wrote.
Adrien Brody, John C. Reilly, Michael Chiklis, and Jason Segel star Winning time, along with Jason Clarke, Gaby Hoffman, Hadley Robinson, Devon Nixon, Solomon Hughes, Tamera Tomakele, Brett Cullen, Stephen Adly Guergis, Spencer Garrett, Molly Gordon, Joey Brooks, Delante D’Souza, Jemmell Atkins, Austin Aaron, McCabe Slay, Thomas Man. Gillian Jacobs and Rob Morgan.
Executive producers are writer/co-creators Borenstein, Jim Hecht, Adam McKay, Kevin Missick, Scott Stevens, and Rodney Barnes, and directors are Sally Richardson, Whitfield, and Jason Schumann.
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