Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty is an American sports drama television series developed by Max Borenstein and Jim Hecht for HBO, based on the book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by Jeff Pearlman.
The first season depicts the 1980s Showtime period of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball club, starring renowned NBA talents Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It has an ensemble cast lead by John C. Reilly, Jason Clarke, Gaby Hoffmann, Rob Morgan, and Adrien Brody.
The series premiered on March 6, 2022, with the pilot episode directed by Adam McKay. In April 2022, the series was revived for a second season. HBO has ordered a second season of Adam McKay’s critically acclaimed drama series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty.
Season 2 was picked up following the series’ fifth episode’s record-breaking viewership on Sunday. On opening night, it received 1.2 million viewers across all platforms, up 37% over the first episode. The ten-episode inaugural season will conclude on HBO on Sunday, May 8, and will be streamed on HBO Max.
Winning Time is based on Jeff Pearlman’s 1980s Los Angeles Lakers dynasty book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty. McKay’s Hyperobject Industries is responsible for production.
The fast-break series, co-created by Max Borenstein and Jim Hecht, follows the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of the sports’ most respected and dominating dynasties – a squad that defined its age on and off the court.
‘Winning Time’ for Season 2 Release Date
Along with the title announcement in December 2021, HBO stated the series will begin in March 2022, with the launch date being scheduled for Sunday, March 6. The series will show one episode per week until May 8, 2022.
Cast of ‘Winning Time’ for Season 2
Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty’s first season features an impressive ensemble cast that includes
- John C. Reilly is an author and politician from the United States of America.
- Author Quincy Isaiah created the fictional character Quincy Isaiah.
- Jason Clarke is a New York City-based writer and musician.
- Adrien Brody is an accomplished actor.
- Gaby Hoffmann is an actress and model.
- Tracy Letts is a New York City-based writer.
- Jason Segel is an accomplished actor.
- Julianne Nicholson is an actress who is well-known.
- Hadley Robinson is a young woman from the United States of America. She is Hadley Robinson’s daughter, who was born in the United States.
- DeVaughn Nixon is a Los Angeles Lakers basketball player.
- Solomon Hughes is a British writer and musician.
- Tamera Tomakili is an actress and model.
The show’s screenplay was collaborated on by Jim Hecht, Max Borenstein (who also serves as showrunner), and Rodney Barnes. Hecht, Borenstein, and Barnes serve as executive producers alongside Jason Shuman, Scott Stephens, Kevin Messick, and Adam McKay.
Is Winning Time based on actual events?
“The portrayal of NBA star and Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West in Winning Time is fiction masquerading as fact—a purposefully misleading portrayal that has caused Jerry and his family enormous grief,” Skip Miller, a partner at the Miller Barondess LLP law firm and West’s attorney, told Shelburne.
Winning Time is based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty. The series chronicles the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers’ rise to prominence, chronicling both the personal and professional lives of the players who defined an era and went on to become one of basketball’s most revered and dominant dynasties.
The series has received positive reviews and ratings from both audiences and critics. The fifth episode, which aired last Sunday, averaged 1.2 million viewers across all platforms on premiere night, up 37% from the first episode. The series premiered on HBO and HBO Max on March 6, and the first season will consist of ten episodes. The season finale will air on May 8.
“It’s been an honor to work with Adam McKay, Max Borenstein, our incredible producing team, and this incredible cast to bring Winning Time to life.” “Francesca Orsi, HBO Programming’s Executive Vice President, stated. “This series chronicles not only the Lakers’ meteoric rise, but also a transformative era in basketball, celebrity, and the city of Los Angeles. We can’t wait to see how this team continues this dynasty’s story.”