It will end with the second season of the TV series “Winning Time”, which chronicles the exploits of the Los Angeles Lakers of the Showtime. The series, produced by HBO, was distributed in Italy by Sky. The life of this multimedia product lasted barely a year and a half and 17 total episodes (10 the first season, 7 the second).
In 2022, only a month after its debut, the series had been renewed for a second season but now, partly because of difficulties due to Hollywood strikes, HBO has decided to end it here. Over the course of the months “Winning Time” has been the subject of some criticism, including from key players such as Jerry West and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The former has publicly complained about some events related to him and how they were portrayed. Kareem instead branded the product as “uninteresting.” on his own blog, believing it incapable of conveying the cultural impact of that stellar team.
The same Jeff Pearlman, author of the book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s” from which the series is based, a few months ago had written about X: “I’m telling you: the future of ‘Winning Time’ hangs in the balance. We need viewers; strikes are crippling us. Please help us spread the word. The second season is great, but HBO is in trouble. To be honest, I’m worried that there won’t be a third season. It’s not up to me, I’m fine. But it’s about the cast of very good young actors who are going through this. So seriously, tell your friends to support ‘Winning Time’ if you want it to continue.”.
Strikes in Hollywood prevented the necessary promotion of the TV series, which captured fewer and fewer viewers.