‘Ballers’ Season 5 premiered on HBO on August 25, 2019, and ended on October 13, 2019. In case you were wondering about show’s future and if there will be a ‘Ballers’ Season 6, we have bad news for you.
Three days before the season premiere, on August 22, 2019, it was announced that this would be the final season of the show. Johnson, show’s leading star, shared his thoughts on Instagram: “My heart is full of gratitude to all of you for rocking with us every season. You made us HBO’s highest-rated comedy for years and most importantly, you helped us create and sustain a platform for other actors to have the opportunity to work hard, grow and become household names. To me, the opportunity ‘Ballers’ created for so many others is the real gold of our show. I love you; I thank you and enjoy our final season of ‘Ballers’.”
No definitive reason was given behind the cancellation of the show. It isn’t even a cancellation, per se, because the final series wraps up the story pretty well. One of the reasons that it was not continued further could be the sharp decline in its ratings. Or perhaps, the writers understood that the story had run its course and it wouldn’t be smart to let it run directionless for a couple of other seasons while degrading its content.
HBO shows have the reputation of knowing when to end the story and 2019 has been an active year for a number of fan favourites coming to an end. With the departure of ‘Game of Thrones’ and then ‘Veep’, the network is gearing up to make up for the hole left behind by ‘The Deuce’ (ending after the third season) and ‘Silicon Valley’ (ending after the sixth season).
Because the series received a proper ending, the chances of renewal are slim now. It is heart-breaking for the fans, but it is better to have a good short show than the one that runs endlessly without any substance. There is always a chance of a reboot or a reunion, but that is far in the future and we wouldn’t speculate much right now. There is also the case of ‘Ballers’ making a return as a TV movie, as has previously happened for shows like ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Deadwood’. HBO has not made any announcements for that right now, but considering the popularity of the show, we can see it happening sometime in the future. We will update you if we hear anything about Ballers season 6 getting made.
What is Ballers About?
‘Ballers’ is a sports comedy-drama that airs on HBO. It is created by Stephen Levinson and follows the story of a previous NFL star who reinvents his life after pursuing a career as a financial manager. His involvement with the clients isn’t limited to just professional capacity. He also acts as their advisor and guides them through the ups and downs that come with fame. Meanwhile, he also deals with the feelings of not being able to play professionally anymore and staying in the side-lines. The series charts the rise of his business and the struggles that he has to face from his competitors while keeping his personal issues in order.
The lead role, Spencer Strasmore, is played by Dwayne Johnson. One of the biggest stars of Hollywood, the former professional wrestler is known for films like ‘The Fast and the Furious’ franchise, ‘The Other Guys’ and ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’. Supporting cast includes actors like Rob Corddry (‘Hot Tub Time Machine’, ‘Childrens Hospital’), John David Washington (‘BlacKkKlansman’, ‘Old Man and the Gun’), Omar Miller (‘8 Mile’, ‘The Unicorn’), Donovan W. Carter and Russell Brand. The series had been a rating hit for HBO and was the most-watched scripted comedy series, for a while. However, since the past couple of seasons, it has seen a gradual decline in the ratings as well as the critical consensus.
With Dwayne Johnson in the lead, how can you expect this show to be anything less than entertaining! You can catch all episodes of ‘Ballers’ on HBO. Watch the trailer of the final season here.
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