HBO’s Ballers continues its third season with four new half-hour episodes in August 2017. The adult comedy was created by Stephen Levinson, with Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Evan Reilly, Rob Weiss, Julian Farino, Denis Biggs, and Karyn McCarthy executive producing. The cast is led by Dwayne Johnson and includes Rob Corddry, Troy Garity, John David Washington, Omar Benson Miller, and Dule Hill.
The Season 3 Plot: After baring his soul at the rookie symposium and undergoing hip surgery, Spencer Strasmore returns with a new outlook and fresh goals, hoping to forge bonds with new players across the country while improving his relationships with existing clients. With league certification in hand, Joe Krutel and Spencer go after a jackpot deal. 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.
In an ever-changing business where the shelf life for stardom and multi-million-dollar contracts are short, Spencer is intent on proving that the key to successful sports management isn’t just about making money and having fun – it’s about delivering on the promises you make. Looking at the whirlwind lifestyles and real-life problems of former and current football players, Ballers stars Dwayne Johnson as ex-superstar Spencer Strasmore, who has reinvented himself as a financial manager for today’s players in sun-soaked Miami.
Ballers August 2017 Episodes:
Episode #23 (season 3, episode 3): “In the Teeth”
Debut date: SUNDAY, AUG. 6 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT)
Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) encounters resistance to his Vegas expansion initiative in LA and Oakland. Joe (Rob Corddry) takes a detour with Reggie (London Brown); Jason (Troy Garity) blasts Kisan (Kris Lofton) for his lack of transparency; Charles (Omar Benson Miller) bristles over Larry’s (Dulé Hill) failure to give him credit for a lineman he landed; Ricky (John David Washington) jumps to conclusions.
Written by Carter Harris; directed by David Katzenberg.
Episode #24 (season 3, episode 4): “Ride and Die”
Debut date: SUNDAY, AUG. 13 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)
Desperate to score a key owner’s blessing to bring pro football to Vegas, Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) and Joe (Rob Corddry) find themselves in a race against the clock involving a pair of equally critical meetings. Spurned by his new teammates, Ricky (John David Washington) stages his own private workout, and finds roses aren’t enough to appease an angry Amber (Brittany S. Hall). Vernon (Donovan Carter) looks for a second chance; tensions between Charles (Omar Benson Miller) and Larry (Dulé Hill) escalate after a tryout for Kisan (Kris Lofton).
Written by Rob Weiss; directed by David Katzenberg.
Episode #25 (season 3, episode 5): “Make Believe”
Debut date: SUNDAY, AUG. 20 (10:15-10:45 p.m.)
Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) faces new challenges getting Wayne (Steve Guttenberg) to finance his Vegas initiative, and ponders his place in the big picture. Looking to mend a long-festering feud between Larry (Dulé Hill) and Coach Berg (Peter Berg), Julie (Jazmyn Simon) persuades Charles (Omar Benson Miller) to invite both men over for a home-cooked meal. Vernon (Donovan W. Carter ) is surprised by an unscheduled visit from a league official; Joe (Rob Corddry) becomes obsessed with virtual reality; Ricky (John David Washington) loses focus and pays the price.
Written by Evan Reilly; directed by Chloe Domont.
Episode #26 (season 3, episode 6): “I Hate New York”
Debut date: SUNDAY, AUG. 27 (10:25-10:55 p.m.)
With the owners’ meeting a week away, Spencer (Dwayne Johnson), Joe (Rob Corddry) and Mr. Anderson (Richard Schiff) head north in search of financing for a Vegas stadium. Larry (Dulé Hill) tests the limits of Charles’ (Omar Benson Miller) loyalty and patience; Ricky (John David Washington) gets a sobering diagnosis, and presses Jason (Troy Garity) to close a deal.
Written by Steve Sharlet; directed by Millicent Shelton.