A CHANGE OF SCENERY: DID HBO’S “BALLERS” DECIDE TO COME TO L.A. FOR THE RIGHT REASONS?

ballers promoBy Tom Hoffarth
At one point in Sunday night’s season opener of HBO’s “Ballers,” lead sports agent Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson) takes business partner Joe Krutel (Rob Corddry) to a spot below the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro.
Strasmore sadly explains how this was the place where his older brother, a onetime USC quarterback headed for fame but derailed by the NCAA, ended his life with a tragic fatal leap.
“That’s pretty heavy, even for me,” says Krutel, trying to break the tension. “And I learned how to cremate my wife on a do-it-yourself website.”
One man’s tragedy is another man’s opportunity for wisecracking relief.
The fourth season of “Ballers” has a definite L.A.-centric slant — for reasons creative or otherwise. Heavy subject matter merges with the usual humor in somewhat awkward ways.
Read more about it on the Los Angeles Times website posted Friday afternoon.

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