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‘Winning Time’ Canceled: HBO Pulls The Plug On The Sports Series After Just Two Seasons

HBO has confirmed that it has cut the plug on the sports drama, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, after just two seasons. The news came as a surprise, considering that the network had just aired the second-season finale the previous night. Fans immediately took to social media to express their disappointment after the announcement, as Winning Time joins the ever-growing list of recently canceled shows.

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What have the creators of ‘Winning Time’ said about the show getting canceled?

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Max Borenstein, co-creator, was the first to comment on the news on X (previously Twitter): “Not the ending that we had in mind. But nothing but gratitude and love.” Aside from this, the director of Winning Time, Salli Richardson, wrote a lengthy caption on Instagram: “When you give it everything you’ve got, you can have no regrets. I hope you enjoy the last episode of @winningtimehbo I am sure I will do many more hours of TV and hopefully many features in my future, but I can say that at this moment in time I am most proud of the work we did on this masterful show.”

What is HBO’s ‘Winning Time’ about?

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The program, which premiered in March 2022, revolves around the Los Angeles Lakers and their emergence in the early 1980s. The first season was devoted to Jerry Buss’ first year as club owner and Magic Johnson’s rookie season in 1979-80. The next four years are shown in the second season.

Borenstein and Jim Hecht brought the show into fruition, which is based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. When the show first aired, it drew outrage from Lakers fans and former Lakers coach and general manager Jerry West, who even went as far as to pen a legal letter to Warner Bros.