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‘Ballers’ Back on HBO July 23

HBO comedy Ballers returns for season three July 23. Created by Stephen Levinson, the new season features 10 episodes.

Dwayne Johnson stars as Spencer Strasmore, who “returns with a new outlook and fresh goals,” says HBO, “hoping to forge bonds with new players across the country while improving his relationships with existing clients.”

Season three also sees Spencer and Joe Krutel, played by Rob Corddry, go after a “jackpot deal.” Adds HBO about the new season, “Ricky Jerret’s newfound discoveries affect his personal and professional life; Vernon Littlefield and Reggie accept a risky endorsement deal; ex-player Charles Greane learns that working in the front office is as rough as playing on the gridiron; and Jason Antolotti continues to orchestrate deals to satisfy both players’ bank accounts and their oversized egos.”

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Set in Miami, Ballers is about Strasmore reinventing himself as a financial manager for pro athletes after his own football career ends.          

The cast also includes John David Washington, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, London Brown, Jazmyn Simon and Dulé Hill.

Besides Levinson, the executive producers are Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg, Dany Garcia, Julian Farino, Evan Reilly, Rob Weiss and Denis Biggs.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.