It’s Not Just the Game, It’s the Hustle. BALLERS, the New HBO Comedy Tackling the World of Pro Football, Premieres Sunday, June 21 on HBO Canada

— May 26, 2015

– Starring former CFL baller Dwayne Johnson –
– Created by Steve Levinson and executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, the acclaimed team behind HBO’s ENTOURAGE and BOARDWALK EMPIRE –
– Also on Sunday, June 21 TRUE DETECTIVE returns, plus the new HBO comedy THE BRINK debuts –

TORONTO (May 26, 2015) – It’s kickoff time. BALLERS, one of the most anticipated new premium comedies of the summer, comes to HBO Canada on Sunday, June 21 at 10 p.m. ET/MT, day-and-date with HBO in the U.S. Exploring the whirlwind lifestyles and real-life problems of a group of former and current football players, the new ten-episode, half-hour comedy follows retired football superstar Spencer Strasmore, played by former Calgary Stampeder and University of Miami college football player Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas, Furious 7), who is trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players in sun-soaked Miami, Florida. Click HERE for a sneak peek of BALLERS. ** Media Note ** – Download images at https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/hbo-canada or http://mediacentre.corusent.com. In BALLERS, Spencer’s inner circle includes: talented but volatile wide receiver Ricky Jerret (John David Washington), who seeks to balance his off-field antics with his passion for the game; Charles Greane (Omar Miller, CSI: MIAMI), a reluctantly retired lineman who’s finding it hard to adjust to civilian life; and Vernon Littlefield (Donovan Carter), a player with a rookie contract, whose promise never to ‘never forget where he came from’ brings scores of hangers-on into his life, and lands him in big financial trouble. The series also stars: Troy Garity (Barbershop); Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine); London Brown (The Hustle); and Jazmyn Simon (THE SLICE). Also on Sunday, June 21 on HBO Canada, the eagerly awaited second season of TRUE DETECTIVE, starring Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch, debuts at 9 p.m. ET/MT, along with the premiere of the new political comedy series THE BRINK, starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black, at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT. BALLERS is created by Stephen Levinson (ENTOURAGE, BOARDWALK EMPIRE), and executive produced by Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Evan Reilly, Rob Weiss, Julian Farino, and Denis Biggs. Hiram Garcia is co-executive producer. In Eastern Canada, episodes will be available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand. In Western Canada, it will be available on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central appBell TV appTelus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada On Demand. HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).

About HBO Canada
HBO Canada brings Canadians HBO’s current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, together with new and never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO’s extensive library – all in an uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO Canada HD and programming is accessible on TMN GO, on demand and online where available by service provider. For more information, please visit www.hbocanada.com. In Eastern Canada, HBO Canada is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. In Western Canada, HBO Canada is offered by Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).

About Movie Central
Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B), a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

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