Winning Time Season 2 Release Date: Coming to Screens Near You!

Season 1 of the HBO sports drama “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty” made waves for its controversial portrayals of NBA legends and irreverent, fourth-wall-breaking tone in dramatizing the Los Angeles Lakers at the height of Jerry Buss’ (John C. Reilly) purchase of the franchise and Magic Johnson’s (Quincy Isaiah) joining the team at the start of the 1979-80 season.

HBO renewed “Winning Time” for a second season in April 2022, when only the first five episodes of Season 1 had aired, according to Variety. Buss, Johnson, Paul Westhead (Jason Segel), Jerry West (Jason Clarke), and Pat Riley (Adrien Brody) pull off the impossible and usher in a dynasty designed to propel the NBA to new heights in the 1980s.

With approval ratings in the high 80s on Rotten Tomatoes, “Winning Time” won over both audiences and critics, despite receiving harsh criticism from real-life Lakers luminaries such as Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Jerry West.

When Will Winning Time Season 2 Be Released?

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When will Season 2 of “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty” be available to watch online? We don’t know when the big game will be, but we know it’s coming up soon.

In a video released in December 2022 showcasing all of HBO Max‘s upcoming projects, the streaming premiere of Season 2 of “Winning Time” was confirmed for 2023. We apologize that we cannot provide a specific release date at this time but be assured that you will be informed as soon as possible.

What Is the Plot of Winning Time Season 2?

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Jeff Pearlman’s nonfiction book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s” is the source material for “Winning Time.” According to co-creator Max Borenstein, the second season of “Winning Time” will likely start up shortly after the 1979-1980 season covered in the first season and depict a similar amount of time.

“This next season will roughly move at the same pace as the first season in order to tell the next chapter of the story,” Borenstein revealed to Deadline. Which entails Paul Westhead and Pat Riley, a struggle Magic will face the following season, and Jerry West’s next step toward becoming general manager.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson’s 1991 HIV diagnosis was used as a framing device in the first episode of the series, which is told in retrospect and builds up to that moment of crisis. “Winning Time Season 2” will also delve deeper into their personal lives.

Borenstein informed IndieWire that he plans to explore Boston Celtics legend and Magic Johnson rival Larry Bird (Sean Patrick Small) in future seasons. Borenstein stated, “Eventually, one of our goals is to explore the origins of their friendship from Larry’s perspective.”

Who Is Starring in Winning Time Season 2?

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According to Vulture, among the extensive ensemble of actors portraying real-life figures from the orbit of the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1979-1980 NBA season, John C. Reilly is contractually obligated to return as the flamboyant Lakers owner Jerry Buss. Michael Chiklis (Red Auerbach) tweeted a photo of himself on the set (with John C. Reilly) on December 19, 2022, confirming his participation in Season 2.

To determine which actors will return for Season 2 of “Winning Time,” it is helpful to examine the show’s past. Quincy Isaiah, Solomon Hughes, Adrien Brody, and Jason Clarke are all likely to return if the story begins shortly after the 1980 NBA Finals, because their characters, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Pat Riley, and Jerry West, remained with the Los Angeles franchise.

Sally Field as Jesse Buss, Wood Harris as Spencer Haywood, and Tracy Letts as Coach Jack McKinney is unlikely to return; in Season 1, Buss perished, Haywood violently antagonized teammates (and moved on in real life), and McKinney was fired.

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Who Is the Showrunner for Winning Time Season 2?

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The book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s” by Jeff Pearlman inspired the comedy-laced drama “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty,” written and directed by Max Borenstein. Variety reports that HBO has renewed “Winning Time” for a second season and has since signed Borenstein to a three-year extension of his deal to create and produce television programs.

At the very least, this will keep Borenstein employed for the duration of two more seasons of “Winning Time.” Borenstein managed the day-to-day operations and creative vision of the show he created and adapted as executive producer and showrunner for its first season. He will keep playing these parts when filming Season 2 of “Winning Time” begins.

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Where to Watch Winning Time

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Adam McKay (“Vice,” “Don’t Look Up,” “Step Brothers”), an Oscar-winning writer-director (“Vice,” “Don’t Look Up,” “Step Brothers”), signed a five-year contract in 2019 with his new production company Hyperobject Industries to produce television series for premium cable network HBO and its streaming service spin-off, HBO Max.

According to Deadline, the first program ordered to series under this agreement was a one-hour limited series drama based on Jeff Pearlman’s nonfiction book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.” The series proceeded into production under the name “The Untitled Lakers Project,” presumably because HBO did not want to give a high-profile, potentially blockbuster series the same name as its number one pay-cable TV competitor.

According to Variety, 73 percent more viewers viewed the Season 1 finale than the Season 1 premiere. This resulted in the early renewal of “Winning Time” for a second season, and the entire series, including past and future episodes, is available on HBO Max.