In an announcement sure to please both Ballers fans and those that appreciate The Rock in general, HBO today announced that Ballers has been renewed for season 4. This renewal comes despite Ballers season 3 having only recently premiered, although Ballers received a similar early pick-up last year too. HBO didn't specify, but one assumes that season 4 will be 10 episodes long, as all previous seasons have been.
Back in 1996, when Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson first debuted as a wrestler for WWE, it's unlikely that anyone would have ever predicted what a huge crossover star he would become. While wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, and Jesse Ventura had carved out decent film and TV careers for themselves, they were never able to succeed in becoming better known as actors than they were as wrestlers. The same cannot be said for Johnson, who is now legitimately one of the biggest movie stars in the world.
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Of course, the big screen is not the only area of pop culture that The Rock seeks to dominate, as evidenced by his HBO comedy series Ballers. Created by Stephen Levinson (Boardwalk Empire), Ballers stars Johnson as Spencer Strasmore, a retired NFL player left wondering what do with his professional life when his time on the gridiron ended. Thankfully, Spencer soon got taken under the wing of struggling financial advisor Joe Krutel (Rob Corddry), who reasoned that the former football star’s built-in rapport with his fellow athletes would help the duo land big money clients still playing in the NFL. Naturally, the road since then for them has been anything but smooth.
While not on the popularity level of something like Game of Thrones, Ballers has been a good-sized success for HBO, so it's not surprising to see the network opt to bring Johnson and Corddry back for round four. HBO also renewed the comedy Insecure for season 3. That series stars Issa Rae, and was co-created by Rae and Larry Wilmore, former host of Comedy Central's The Nightly Show.
With all the talk recently about Johnson possibly running for president in 2020 though, one wonders just how much longer he'll have the time to continue dominating Hollywood. In the meantime, The Rock has a full plate coming up with sequels to San Andreas and the Journey franchise in the works, as well as Rampage, Jungle Cruise, and a reboot of Jumanji. That's all without mentioning that he'll soon join the DCEU as Black Adam. Johnson may just be the hardest working man in show business.
Ballers season 3 airs Sundays on HBO.