HBO Orders Dwayne Johnson Football Comedy Ballers to Series

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For its third new series order this week, HBO has picked up Dwayne Johnson football comedy Ballers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series, created by Stephen Levinson (Entourage) and produced by the likes of Mark Wahlberg (Boardwalk Empire) and Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights), follows a group of former and current football players living in Miami. Ballers follows the series orders for political comedy The Brink and an American remake of British conspiracy thriller Utopia, both of which occurred earlier this week. HBO is in something of a transitional period at the moment and the flux of orders will go a ways toward replacing the likes of Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom, and True Blood, all of whom will be signing off this year. Couple those losses with the conclusions of Treme, Ja mie: Private School Girl, Family Tree, and Hello Ladies and HBO will be replacing a lot of programming over the next year or so. The network has already premiered two new series this year in crime
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