Football comedy series Ballers to end after its fifth season

HBO’s Ballers starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is bidding farewell to its viewers with it final run.

The series’ return on Sunday will mark it’s 5th and final season on the premium cable network. Producers of the show, including The Rock as executive producer, reportedly decided on the series’ conclusion months in advance of its scheduled debut.

Johnson posted about the show’s last season in an Instagram post writing, “My heart is full of gratitude to all of you for rockin’ with us every season.”

Ballers is created by Stephen Levinson with Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg, and Andy Garcia as executive producers. The series is recorded as HBO’s highest-viewed scripted comedy. Its fourth season averaged 834,000 of same-day viewers in total. Along with Johnson, the show stars Rob Corddry, John David Washington and Omar Miller star alongside Johnson.

The show is the premium cable network’s latest collaboration with Levinson and Whalberg. Under the pair’s belt are HBO shows Entourage, Boardwalk Empire, How to Make It in America and In Treatment.

Ballers join the ranks of Game of Thrones, Veep, and Divorce as the network’s lineup of scripted shows receiving a send-off this year. The Deuce (David Simon) and Silicon Valley (Mike Judge) will be joining this lineup soon with its forthcoming final seasons set later this year. To take the place of Ballers as HBO’s comedy series, the network debuted The Righteous Gemstones last Sunday starring Danny McBride. The show’s first airing was a success as it is HBO’s biggest comedy release since McBride’s Vice Principals from the year 2016.

Ben Hornery
Ben Hornery
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.
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