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‘Winning Time’ Canceled at HBO After Two Seasons – The Hollywood Reporter

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Successful Time is profitable no extra.

HBO confirmed that it has canceled the sequence — full title Successful Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty — after two seasons. The information was a shock, coming solely moments after the community aired the second-season finale on Sunday evening.

Co-creator Max Borenstein shared his ideas concerning the information on X (previously Twitter): “Not the ending that we had in mind. But nothing but gratitude and love.”

And director Salli Richardson posted on Instagram: “When you give it everything you’ve got, you can have no regrets. I hope you enjoy the last episode of @winningtimehbo I am sure I will do many more hours of TV and hopefully many features in my future, but I can say that at this moment in time I am most proud of the work we did on this masterful show.”

In an interview carried out with THR in late August, Richardson shared hopes for a 3rd season, given how the finale performs out. “Obviously, you see how the season ends. So we would love to have, at the very least, even though we can do this for years, one more season so that we can get the Lakers winning against the Celtics. We don’t want to end with the Celtics winning. That’s awful,” she instructed THR. “I think people have realized this season that if you just watch the show instead of judging the show without seeing it, it’s a great show. It’s a well-written show with unbelievable performances. And you don’t have to be a basketball fan to enjoy it. I think that what Jeff was trying to say is that he just hopes that people find this little gem that’s out there, because it really is a great show and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

The present, which debuted in March 2022, focuses on the Los Angeles Lakers NBA workforce and their rise within the early Eighties. The primary season spotlighted Jerry Buss’ first 12 months because the workforce’s proprietor and Magic Johnson’s rookie 12 months, 1979-80. The second season is about through the four-year interval after that.

The present was created by Borenstein and Jim Hecht, primarily based on the e-book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the Eighties by Jeff Pearlman.

When the sequence premiered, it was met with criticism from Lakers in addition to former Lakers coach and basic supervisor Jerry West, who was portrayed within the sequence by Jason Clarke. On the time, West fired off a authorized letter to Warner Bros. Discovery, HBO and sequence producer Adam McKay demanding a retraction, an apology and unspecified damages for the “false and defamatory portrayal.” West argued, through his lawyer, that those that’d watched his portrayal in Successful Time now imagine him to be an “out-of-control, intoxicated rage-aholic.”

In response, HBO instructed The Hollywood Reporter that the community “has a long history of producing compelling content drawn from actual facts and events that are fictionalized in part for dramatic purposes. Winning Time is not a documentary and has not been presented as such. However, the series and its depictions are based on extensive factual research and reliable sourcing, and HBO stands resolutely behind our talented creators and cast who have brought a dramatization of this epic chapter in basketball history to the screen.”

Former Lakers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson additionally took difficulty with the sequence, with the previous calling it a “boring” present with “crude stick-figure representations that resemble real people.”

For his half, Johnson mentioned: “You can’t do a story about the Lakers without the Lakers. The real Lakers. You gotta have the guys.”



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