HBO Renews ‘Insecure’ and ‘Ballers’ for New Seasons

Issa Rae’s breakout comedy gets a third season; Dwayne Johnson show a fourth

HBO has renewed comedies “Insecure” for a third season and “Ballers” for a fourth season, the network announced Tuesday.

The news comes midway through the current seasons of the half-hour comedies, which air Sunday nights after “Game of Thrones.” “Ballers” shows at 10 p.m. PT; “Insecure” at 10:30 p.m. PT.

“Insecure” stars Issa Rae, who created the comedy with Larry Wilmore. It follows Rae as a version of herself navigating friendships, relationships and work life in Los Angeles. Jay Ellis (Lawrence) and Yvonne Orji (Molly Carter) also star in the series, which returned for its second season in July. The breakout comedy premiered in November 2016, but was moved up by HBO to pair it with “Game of Thrones” and “Ballers,” two of the network’s most popular shows.

Rae executive produces along with showrunner Prentice Penny and Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry. She earned a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a comedy series for her work on the premiere season.

“Ballers” stars Dwayne Johnson as an ex-football star Spencer Strasmore who reinvents himself as a financial manager for young phenomenons and veteran players alike. The series navigates the lifestyles and problems of these players in Miami, and returned for its third season in July. It also stars John David Washington (Ricky Jarret) and Omar Benson Miller (Charles Greane).

Johnson executive produces with Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Evan Reilly, Rob Weiss, Julian Farino, Denis Biggs and Karyn McCarthy.

HBO series “Veep,” “Silicon Valley,” “Divorce,” “Crashing,” “Vice Principals,” “High Maintenance,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” have also been renewed.