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HBO to Debut Comedies ‘The Brink’ & ‘Ballers’ After ‘True Detective’ Premiere

HBO will boost its two new summer comedies, “The Brink” and “Ballers,” with the fan-frenzy lead-in of “True Detective’s” season-two premiere on Sunday, June 21.

All three shows will premiere back-to-back in a two-hour block, launched by “True Detective,” which returns for its eight-episode second season at 9/8c.

Ballers” will follow at 10/9c, followed by half-hour dark comedy “The Brink” at 10:30/9:30c.

“Ballers” follows former football superstar Spencer Strasmore (played by Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson), who gets his life on track in retirement, while mentoring other current and former players on the business of football. The cast is rounded out by Rob Corrdry, Omar Benson Miller, John David Washington, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Jazmyn Simon and Arielle Kebble. The 10-episode series was created and exec produced by Steve Levinson (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Entourage”). Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg, Dany Garcia, Julian Farino, Evan Reilly and Rob Weiss also serve as exec producers.

“The Brink,” starring Jack Black, Tim Robbins and Pablo Schreiber, centers around a geopolitical crisis and its impact on three disparate, desperate men — Secretary of State Walter Larson (Robbins), lowly foreign service officer Alex Talbot (Black) and ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson (Schreiber) — who must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War III. Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales and Geoff Pierson also star. Jerry Weintraub, Roberto Benabib and Jay Roach serve as exec producers on the 10-episode series, which was created by Roberto and Kim Benabib.

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