Adam McKay’s (Don’t Look Up) prolific film reputation has recently been bolstered yet again. According to a story by Deadline, the new HBO MAX series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, which is executive-produced by McKay, scored a record high for its parent streaming network with its season one series finale. The finale featured a dramatic recreation of the events occurring at the 79′-80′ NBA finals and attracted an estimated 1.6 million viewers from across both the HBO and HBO Max platforms.
The sports series is a fictional retelling of the beginning and heyday of the Laker’s historic dynasty in the NBA, as well as highlighting the beginning of the careers of some NBA legends in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jerry West. Winning Time‘s recent season finale dove into the weight of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s ankle injury, a controversial Rookie of The Year decision, and also the difficulty Jerry Buss struggles with while attempting to cope with his mother’s death.
With each episode averaging six million viewers, the show demonstrated steady viewership growth across the series’ initial run. Max Borenstein (Godzilla), an executive producer and series showrunner, revealed the next steps for the series in an interview with Deadline:
“This next season is going to be, you know, taking the same pace that this first season did, roughly, to tell the next piece of the story. Which involves Paul Westhead and Pat Riley, and a struggle Magic has that next year, and Jerry West’s next step in the direction of becoming the general manager,” he said. “There’s a lot of transitional stuff that starts to happen in that next season.”
Watch the trailer for the record-setting sports series here: