‘Winning Time’ Co-Creator Max Borenstein On Creating “A Great American Novel” Show & Going Beyond Season 2 – Crew Call Podcast

Before Legendary Entertainment godzilla suffrage writer Max Borenstein engaged as listener win time: Rise of the Lakers Dynasty A few years after picking up the series, Jeff Perlman’s 2014 book, co-creator Jim Hecht felt, sHowtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and Los Angeles Lakers 1980s dynasty, To get HBO to sign in

And that’s because no series like this had happened before.

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Sure, there were sports dramas like this Friday night Lights; Football is always an easy sell for home or theatrical audiences. But as far as the rise of a notable NBA team goes, against changes in the racial and gender politics of the 1980s and its gambler owner Dr. Featuring Jerry Buss (played by John C. Reilly) and Underdog Coaches, win time There was a TV show anomaly.

“No one has taken Dynasty’s sports team and given it the ongoing drama treatment,” Borenstein recounts. crew call about making victory time.

The first season follows the bus as he took control of the team financially, reshaping the way NBA games are presented, and reshaping the old (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, played by Solomon Hughes) and new blood (Magic). Johnson as played by Quincy). Isaiah), Pat Riley (Adrien Brody), Jack McKinney (Tracy Letts) and Paul Westhead (Jason Segel).

“It was an opportunity to take this particular lens of professional sports and basketball and use it to see a truly epic story and an epic American tale of cultural change and economic transformation; all great American themes that fit and are shaped by this prism. are refracted through the medium,” he added.

“We don’t have royalty in America, we have celebrities,” Borenstein recently told one of his Season 2 writers’ rooms. victory time. “Our royals are not born, they are made. That’s what this story is about.”

Perlman’s book spans from 1979 to 1991 when Johnson was diagnosed with HIV. Season 1 of the HBO series covered the ’79-’80 season just under. Season 2 will cover the ’80-’81 season.

“The second season is where superheroes come dressed in costumes from Pat Riley to Jenny Buss (Hadley Robinson); They all really come in their own iconic ways,” Borenstein says. Season 2 will also follow the Magic’s struggles and Jerry West’s next move to become the team’s general manager.

Borenstein teases even beyond Season 2, and whether we’ll really get to see Riley leave for the New York Knicks in 1991.

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