Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty

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Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty
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Genre
Created by
Based onShowtime
by Jeff Pearlman
Starring
Music by
Opening theme"My Favorite Mutiny"
by The Coup
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Doug Ornstein
  • Bruce Dunn
Cinematography
Editors
  • Hank Corwin
  • Jeremy Weinstein
  • Jessica Hernández
  • Max Koepke
  • Felicia M. Livingston
  • Juliana Rodzinski
Running time54-59 minutes
Production companies
  • HBO Entertainment
  • Steeplechase Amusements
  • Jim Hecht Productions
  • Hyperobject Industries
  • Jason Shuman Productions
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkHBO
Original releaseMarch 6, 2022 (2022-03-06) –
present (present)

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty is an American sports drama television series created by Max Borenstein and Jim Hecht for HBO, based on the book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by Jeff Pearlman. The first season, comprising 10 episodes, chronicles the 1980s Showtime era of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team (beginning in late 1979), featuring notable NBA stars Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It features an ensemble cast led by John C. Reilly, Jason Clarke, Jason Segel, Gaby Hoffmann, Rob Morgan, and Adrien Brody. The series premiered on March 6, 2022, with the pilot episode directed by Adam McKay. In April 2022, the series was renewed for a second season.[1]

Premise

The series is a dramatization of the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers basketball teams.

Cast

Main

Recurring

Episodes

No.Title [25]Directed byWritten by [26]Original air date [25]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"The Swan"Adam McKayStory by : Max Borenstein & Jim Hecht
Teleplay by : Max Borenstein
March 6, 2022 (2022-03-06)0.256[27]
2"Is That All There Is?"Jonah HillRodney Barnes & Max BorensteinMarch 13, 2022 (2022-03-13)0.337[28]
3"The Good Life"Damian MarcanoMax Borenstein & Rodney Barnes & Jim HechtMarch 20, 2022 (2022-03-20)0.250[29]
4"Who the F**k Is Jack McKinney"Damian MarcanoMax Borenstein & Rodney Barnes & Jim HechtMarch 27, 2022 (2022-03-27)0.314[30]
5"Pieces of a Man"Tanya HamiltonRodney Barnes & Max BorensteinApril 3, 2022 (2022-04-03)0.330[31]
6"Memento Mori"Tanya HamiltonMax Borenstein & Rodney Barnes & Rebecca BertuchApril 10, 2022 (2022-04-10)0.372[32]
7"Invisible Man"Payman BenzRodney Barnes & Max BorensteinApril 17, 2022 (2022-04-17)0.460[33]
8"California Dreaming"Payman BenzRodney Barnes & Max BorensteinApril 24, 2022 (2022-04-24)0.410[34]
9"Acceptable Loss"Salli Richardson-WhitfieldRodney Barnes & Max BorensteinMay 1, 2022 (2022-05-01)0.503[35]
10"Promised Land"Salli Richardson-WhitfieldRodney Barnes & Max BorensteinMay 8, 2022 (2022-05-08)0.535[36]

Production

Development

On April 20, 2014, screenwriter Jim Hecht flew across the country to the home of sportswriter Jeff Pearlman. He pitched an adaptation of Pearlman's best-seller Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty that would be similar to the TV show Friday Night Lights. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hecht brought Pearlman a bottle of nonalcoholic wine, a block of chocolate, and a tomato as an offering to convince Pearlman to sell him the rights to the book. "I had no money, so if he'd been like, '$30,000,' I would've been screwed," Hecht recalled. Pearlman, who had optioned several of his books where "nothing ever happened", agreed to let Hecht shop his book around town for a year. In 2015, producer Kevin Messick convinced Adam McKay to direct the pilot and produce.[37]

In April 2019, HBO ordered a pilot of the series, which was written by Max Borenstein with a story by Borenstein and Hecht.[38] The series was initially referred to by the working title Showtime, after Pearlman's book and the Lakers era that inspired it.[38] By that summer, the series was described as being untitled, with HBO executive Casey Bloys later acknowledging that the title would have caused marketplace confusion given that one of HBO's direct premium TV and streaming competitors is also named Showtime.[39] In December, HBO officially greenlit a series order.[10] On December 8, 2021, HBO announced that the series would be titled Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty; according to Bloys, "Winning Time" is a phrase that was already associated with Magic Johnson.[39][40]

On April 7, 2022, HBO renewed the series for a second season.[1][41]

Casting

Francine Maisler is the show's casting director.[37] In August 2019, Jason Clarke and Michael Shannon were cast to portray Jerry West and Jerry Buss respectively.[4][42] However, the next month Shannon would exit due to creative differences, and Buss would be recast with John C. Reilly.[2] Shannon reportedly did not like the fourth wall breaking format of the show and found it difficult to work with.[37] Will Ferrell had actively pursued the role of Buss since McKay had first started developing the series; however, McKay did not feel he was right for the role and instead cast Reilly without telling Ferrell. Upon learning of the decision via a phone call from Reilly, Ferrell was so infuriated that he ended his friendship and professional relationship with McKay.[43] Quincy Isaiah and Solomon Hughes were additionally cast to play Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar after an extensive casting search.[3][37] DeVaughn Nixon was added to the cast to portray Norm Nixon.[9]

By March 2021, additional castings including Adrien Brody,[5] Sally Field,[15] Michael Chiklis,[16] Bo Burnham,[18] Jason Segel,[8] Sarah Ramos,[13] Brett Cullen, and Lola Kirke were announced.[11] In May 2021, Rory Cochrane, Danny Burstein, Austin Aaron, Ta'Nika Gibson, Edwin Hodge, Terence Davis, and Ja'Quan Cole joined the cast.[14] In June 2021, Mike Epps, Max E. Williams, Carina Conti and Mariama Diallo joined the cast.[24] In August 2021, Burnham exited the project due to scheduling conflicts while Sean Patrick Small, Rachel Hilson, Olli Haaskivi, Newton Mayenge, and Jon Young joined the cast, with Small replacing Burnham.[44][45]

Filming

Principal photography began in Los Angeles on April 12, 2021, and concluded on October 31.[46]

Release

Alongside the title announcement in December 2021, HBO announced the series would debut in March 2022,[40] with the premiere date subsequently set for Sunday, March 6 and will air an episode weekly, concluding the season on May 8, 2022.[47]

Reception

Critical response

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an 84% approval rating based on 56 critic reviews, with an average rating of 7.6/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Gleefully excessive in both form and function, Winning Time pairs a larger-than-life roster of characters with whiplash style to deliver an absolute slam dunk."[48] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 68 out of 100, based on 29 critic reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[49]

Reactions from Lakers

The series received criticism from Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for historical inaccuracies. Johnson said he would not watch the series because it never depicted the Showtime era accurately,[50][51] while Abdul-Jabbar referred to the series as deliberately dishonest.[52][53] On April 19, 2022, Jerry West demanded a retraction from HBO within two weeks for the "cruel" and "deliberately false" depiction of him as a temperamental, foul-mouthed executive prone to angry outbursts and mood swings.[54][55][56] A week later, HBO responded to West with the following statement: "HBO 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."[57] West, in turn, has said that he intends to pursue legal action against HBO for defamation, even if he has to "take this all the way to the Supreme Court."[58]

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per episode of Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "The Swan" March 6, 2022 0.08 0.256[27] TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 "Is That All There Is?" March 13, 2022 0.08 0.337[28] TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 "The Best is Yet to Come" March 20, 2022 0.05 0.250[29] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "Who the F**k Is Jack McKinney" March 27, 2022 0.07 0.314[30] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "Pieces of a Man" April 3, 2022 0.07 0.330[31] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "Memento Mori" April 10, 2022 0.08 0.372[32] TBD TBD TBD TBD
7 "Invisible Man" April 17, 2022 0.14 0.460[33] 0.06 0.228 0.19 0.688[59]
8 "California Dreaming" April 24, 2022 0.13 0.410[34] 0.04 0.176 0.12 0.598[60]
9 "Acceptable Loss" May 1, 2022 0.12 0.503[35] TBD TBD TBD TBD
10 "Promised Land" May 8, 2022 0.15 0.535[36] TBD TBD TBD TBD

Accolades

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2022
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards Best Cable Network Series, Drama Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty Nominated [61]
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour) Todd Banhazl (for "Pieces of a Man") Nominated [62]
Set Decorators Society of America Awards Best Achievement in Décor/Design of a One Hour Period Series Jon Bush Richard Toyon and Clayton Hartley Nominated [63]

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