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HBO Renews ‘Ballers’ and ‘Insecure’

Two shows coming back with new episodes

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HBO is sticking with “Ballers” and “Insecure,” finalizing a deal that will bring new episodes to fans of both series. HBO confirmed today that the network has renewed the comedy series “Ballers” for a fifth season and “Insecure” for a fourth season. The confirmation came from Amy Gravitt, executive vice president, HBO Programming.

If you haven’t jumped into the series yet, “Ballers” explores the glamorous and often cutthroat world of pro football through a group of past and present players striving to stay in the game. The series stars Dwayne Johnson as ex-superstar Spencer Strasmore, who has reinvented himself as a financial manager for today’s players. Created by Stephen Levinson (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”), the hit comedy series returned for its nine-episode fourth season Sunday, Aug. 12 (10:00–10:30 p.m. ET/PT). Other cast regulars for the current season include: John David Washington, Rob Corddry, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, London Brown and Brittany S. Hall.

The other renewed series, “Insecure,” follows the friendship of two black women as they deal with their own real-life flaws while attempting to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences. Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Lisa Joyce, Natasha Rothwell, Amanda Seales and Y’lan Noel star in the hit comedy series, which returned for its eight-episode third season Sunday, Aug. 12 (10:30–11:00 p.m. ET/PT). The series was created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore; executive produced by Issa Rae, Prentice Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky, Jonathan Berry, Jim Kleverweis and Dayna Lynne North.

The announcements came shortly after HBO announced a series pick-up for “Mrs. Fletcher”. That show will be a dual coming-of-age story, exploring the impact of internet porn and social media on the lives of an empty nest mother and her college freshman son. The series is based on the New York Times bestselling novel ‘Mrs. Fletcher’ by Tom Perrotta. The cast includes Kathryn Hahn as Eve Fletcher, a divorced woman who drops her only child off at college and returns home to a very empty nest, hoping to reinvent her life and find the happiness and sexual fulfillment that’s eluded her. Jackson White stars as Brendan Fletcher, Eve’s son, a popular (though sometimes clueless) jock and aspiring frat boy who finds college a little more complicated than he expected. Casey Wilson took the role of Jane Rosen, a married mother of academically gifted twins — she’s Eve’s close friend, a reliable source of emotional support and unsolicited advice. Owen Teague will play Julian Spitzer, a high school classmate of Brendan’s, a smart but underachieving skater who’s stuck in his hometown after graduation, trying to figure out what happens next. The show will also feature Jen Richards as Margo Fairchild, a transgender woman who teaches Eve’s community college writing course. Margo is confident and charismatic in the classroom, but sometimes anxious in social situations.

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