‘Ballers’ looks at hu­mour, drama in the lives of pro ath­letes

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY DAVID FIS­CHER THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Omar Ben­son Miller spent three sea­sons on “CSI: Mi­ami,” but only this past year did he get a chance to film a tele­vi­sion show in South Florida.

“It was Mi­ami at the best time to be in Mi­ami: In the win­ter, which is just the mildest cli­mate,” Miller said. “They can sign me up for another 10 years of that.”

Miller ap­pears on “Ballers,” HBO’s new se­ries that airs at 10 p.m. EDT Sun­days. It stars Dwayne “The Rock” John­son as a re­tired football star try­ing to start a sec­ond ca­reer as a fi­nan­cial man­ager, goaded by his boss - played by Rob Corddry - to “mon­e­tize” his friend­ships. The show was cre­ated by Stephen Levin­son, whose pre­vi­ous cred­its in­clude HBO’s “En­tourage.”

Miller plays a re­luc­tantly re­tired NFL line­man who’s try­ing to ad­just to life af­ter the game as a car sales­man.

“He’s very into his wife and into fam­ily,” Miller said. “He was re­ally into football, but now he’s try­ing to tran­si­tion into be­ing a nor­mal mem­ber of so­ci­ety.”

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