New frontiers beckon in Los Angeles in Season 4 of HBO’s ‘Ballers’

‘Ballers’ – New opportunities in La La Land
Omar Benson Miller stars in “Ballers,” which opens its fourth season Sunday, Aug. 12, on HBO.

It’s a brave new world for Spencer, Joe and the folks at Anderson Financial as they look to branch out and grow the business in Season 4 of HBO’s “Ballers.”

Premiering Sunday, Aug. 12, the new season finds Spencer and Joe (Dwayne Johnson, Rob Corddry) taking their skills to Los Angeles, where they endeavor to expand their roster of clients and look into acquiring an extreme-sports agency. Ricky (John David Washington) also puts down roots in L.A. with Amber (Brittany S. Hall) and their daughter but yearns for something else. And Charles (Omar Benson Miller) gets his first real taste of being the big boss in his new position of general manager of the NFL’s Rams.

That’s seen in Sunday’s season opener, when he gets an earful from disgruntled employees when he introduces himself to an informal gathering in the cafeteria.

“Let me tell you something, it’s going to be very difficult for him,” Miller says with a laugh. “All I can tell you is the rest of the season, he has a really hard time. He has to mature in certain ways and I think one of the hardest things for Charles is having to figure out what’s more important – to be liked, to be respected or to actually do what’s best. And oftentimes those things don’t line up. They’re just not congruent all the time and it’s a hard lesson in life.”

Dwayne Johnson

“With Charles it’s always more of the same,” he continues. “He’s a good guy who seems to really be guided by a moral north but the world doesn’t always comply.”

As one would expect, show business will seep into the storylines this season to go along with the L.A, exteriors. And there will be the usual plethora of guest stars, including Steven Weber, Richard Schiff, Joy Bryant surfer Laird Hamilton and skateboarder Nyjah Huston. And for football players, there is real-life Rams quarterback Jared Goff.

Miller says the reaction he has gotten from ex-players regarding the show’s portrayal of life after the gridiron has been positive.

“For these guys to validate and say, ‘Hey man, it’s really like that,’ – it’s hard to find yourself after your entire identity and your entire life is built based on one thing, you as a football player. Then when that leaves, you have to rebuild your identity. And to speak to guys who have said, ‘Yeah, this is how it goes,’ … for me that’s the highest honor.”

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George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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