HBO’s epic dramatization of the Los Angeles Lakers’ climb to fame in the 1980s, “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty,” was nearly too good to be true. John C. Reilly’s performance as the eccentric Lakers owner Jerry Buss was only one of the many reasons why this 10-episode series was so impressive.
The series also had a stellar supporting cast and a mind-boggling variety of historical and cultural references related to sports. Lakers greats Jerry West and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar disapproved of the TV rendition of Jeff Pearlman’s book “Showtime,” which may have sparked some controversy.
The first season of “Winning Time” was able to successfully blend a serious storyline with pure riotous entertainment, as was generally agreed upon. Warner and HBO decided to renew the show for a second season after its successful debut, so we can look forward to another batch of boundary-pushing, genre-bending episodes in the not-too-distant future.
Winning Time Season 2: Release Date
Back in the game.
— Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty (@winningtimehbo) August 24, 2022
HBO has confirmed that the midway point of the first season of Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty would air on April 7, 2022, with Season 2 premiering on April 7, 2022. As of now, HBO has not announced when Season 2 will premiere. Due to the coronavirus epidemic, Season 1’s production was severely delayed, but Season 2 is expected to begin filming in 2023 and air in 2024 if all goes well.
Winning Time Season 2: The Story
In the first season, viewers watched as the Los Angeles Lakers, then rookies, rose to the NBA championship. Their journey to the NBA playoffs in the 1979–1980 season is the climax of the story, which follows the players’ lives both on and off the court.
It’s been speculated as to what will happen in Season 2, and while it’s obviously too soon to know anything for sure, we can make some educated assumptions. Naturally, the Lakers and its players have rich histories that extend far beyond the confines of a single season’s worth of basketball.
In reality, the first season only skimmed the surface. Based on the book by Jeff Pearlman titled “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty,” the show will continue its story past the end of season one. There’s a lot of room for growth, and the authors’ willingness to include time jumps in the pilot suggests they want to do so.
Can we expect a time jump in season two? This is not out of the question. On the other hand, it would be fascinating to see how the show would explain the origins of the legendary rivalry between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Winning Time seems to be setting up for greater focus on that and the wider overall rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics if the most recent episode is any indication.
In any event, we can rest assured that the writers know where they’re going. Series co-creator Max Borstein recently spoke with IndieWire, saying: In exchange for the audience’s attention, you make a pact with them that you’ll tell them a story that you hope will eventually make sense. As for us, we have a firm grasp on our destination. We’re big fans of well-planned plots that unfold as expected.
Winning Time Season 2: The Cast
A large number of main and recurring characters appear in the first season; it is reasonable to presume that they will all be back for the second. Fans may look forward to seeing familiar actors reprise their roles, including Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson, Solomon Hughes as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and John C. Reilly as Jerry Buss. Sean Patrick Small’s portrayal of Larry Bird in that historical competition has us eager to see more of him.
- John C. Reilly as Jerry Buss
- Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson
- Jason Clarke as Jerry West
- Adrien Brody as Pat Riley
- Gaby Hoffmann as Claire Rothman
- Tracey Letts as Jack McKinney
- Jason Segel as Paul Westhead
- Hadley Robinson as Jeanie Buss
- Solomon Hughes as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
- Tamera Tomakili as “Cookie” Kelly
- DeVaughn Nixon as Norm Nixon
‘Winning Time’ Season 1 Trailer