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HBO Renews ‘Ballers’

HBO has given the greenlight to a second season of its sport-themed series Ballers, the network said Friday.

The series, which stars Dwayne Johnson and follows the lives of former and current football players, drew 8.9 million viewers across HBO's branded platforms in its June 21 debut episode. The mark is the most watched first episode of a half-hour series on HBO since 2009, according to network officials.

"The charismatic and hugely talented Dwayne Johnson, along with the rest of the Ballers cast, has truly struck a chord with the HBO audience," according to Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. "We are thrilled with the overwhelming response the series has received and look forward to another exciting season."