HBO has renewed Winning Time , the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers series produced by Adam McKay , for a second season.
The news comes after the fifth episode of season 1, which aired last Sunday, recorded a positive audience record, 1.2 million viewers across all platforms.
An increase of 37% compared to the first episode. Season 1, consisting of ten episodes, will conclude on HBO on May 8.
Winning Time is based on the book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by Jeff Pearlman . McKay is executive producer (with his Hyperobject Industries producing) and directed the pilot episode. The series is written by Max Borenstein ( Godzilla ) and focuses on the personal lives and careers of everyone who revolved around the Lakers in the 1980s.
The series, which caused the end of the friendship between McKay and Will Ferrell , has a crazy cast. Includes John C. Reilly as team owner Jerry Buss ; Jason Clarke as NBA champion Jerry West ; Quincy Isaiah and Solomon Hughes as Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar . And also Jason Segel , star of How I Met Your Mother who here will play Paul Westhead , a professor of literature who left teaching to become assistant coach of the team. Adrien Brody as coach Pat Riley . Michael Chiklis will be the coach of the Boston Celtics Red Auerbach . Sally Field will play Jessie Buss , mother of Jerry Buss.
We will then see: Gaby Hoffmann (Claire Rothman), Hadley Robinson (Jeanie Buss), DeVaughn Nixon (Norm Nixon), Molly Gordon (Linda Zafrani), Rob Morgan (Earvin Johnson Sr.), Spencer Garrett (Chick Hearn), Kirk Bovill ( Donald Sterling), Delante Desouza (Michael Cooper), Stephen Adly Guirgis (Frank Mariani), Tamera Tomakili (Earletha “Cookie” Kelly), Sean Patrick Small (Larry Bird, who was originally to be played by Bo Burham ) and Joey Brooks (Lon Rosen).