Everything We Know About 'Winning Time' Season 2

HBO's hit basketball drama has already been renewed for a second season. But how far into Lakers history will it go?


When Winning Time debuted back in March, it was already clear that HBO’s chronicle of the “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers had a big story to tell. The first episode, directed by executive producer Adam McKay (Don’t Look Up, Anchorman), opened with Magic Johnson (Quincy Isaiah) finding out that he contracted HIV in 1991 and then flashed all the way back to the ’80s before Magic even signed with the team. That’s a lot of time to cover-would the show even get the chance to arrive at that point in the future?

Now that the first season is wrapped up, it looks like Winning Time will have plenty of time to explore basketball history. (And plenty of time to irritate the actual figures it’s based on!) A ratings success for HBO, the show was quickly renewed for a second season and, with its flashy cast of recognizable faces and newcomers, it will likely generate some awards attention, too. Here’s everything you need to know about Winning Time’s ongoing path to controversy and victory.


Will there be a Season 2 of Winning Time?

Yes, Winning Time was renewed by HBO for a second season back in April 2021, after the first five episodes aired. Given the ratings and the press the show generated, it wasn’t a big surprise.

“It’s been a thrill to bring Winning Time to life with Adam McKay, Max Borenstein, our phenomenal producing team, and this incredible cast,” Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming, said in a statement at the time of the renewal. “This series not only tells the riveting story of the Lakers’ rise, but is also a look back at a transformative era in basketball, celebrity, and the city of Los Angeles. We can’t wait to see how this team will tell the next chapter of this dynasty.”

When will Winning Time Season 2 be released?

There’s no official release date for Winning Time Season 2. But the relative speed of the renewal indicates that Winning Time will hopefully return pretty soon. A March 2023 release would keep the show on a tight schedule. However, HBO shows, particularly ones with big casts like Westworld or McKay’s other hit Succession, can take a little longer to come back between seasons.

Is there a trailer for Winning Time Season 2?

Nope. Since Winning Time just wrapped Season 1 and production hasn’t started on Season 2, it will be a while before we see a trailer. For now, you’ll have to make your own trailer with Lakers highlights on YouTube.


Who in the cast is returning for Winning Time Season 2?

Given how important certain key figures are to the real story, most of the Winning Time cast will be returning for Season 2. That means John C. Reilly, who plays team owner Jerry Buss, will be once again putting on those aviator sunglasses and flashy suits. Expect to see more of Quincy Isaiah (Magic Johnson), Jason Clarke (Jerry West), Gaby Hoffman (Claire Rothman), Solomon Hughes (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), and Adrian Brody (Pat Riley) as well. Expect to see more of Michael Chiklis’s Red Auerbach, the coach of the villainous Boston Celtics, too. As even the most casual basketball fan can tell you, that rivalry only deepens with time.

There will be some figures from Season 1 you won’t see much of in the future season. Jerry Buss’s mother, Jesse, died at the end of Season 1, so Sally Field will most likely not appear in Season 2. Tracy Letts, who played Coach Jack McKinney, will also be more of a one-season character. The same will likely be true of actor Wood Harris, who played troubled Laker Spencer Haywood, because his character did not continue on with the team. Similarly, there will inevitably be new cast members brought in to play new players who join the team.  


What will Winning Time Season 2 be about?

Though some of the real-life figures portrayed on the show may disagree, Winning Time can only deviate from the historical record so much. The first season ended with the Lakers winning the national title in 1980, setting the stage for the dynasty years to come. Like Netflix’s The Crown, it has certain events that viewers will expect the show to hit as it marches forward through the period outlined in the book its based on, Jeff Pearlman’s Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. If you want to find “spoilers,” read the book! 

In an in-depth interview with Deadline, co-creator Max Borenstien spoke at length about his potential plans for the future of the show, indicating that the writers won’t be making any significant time jumps to speed up the story. “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,” he said when asked about Season 2. “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. There’s a lot of transitional stuff that starts to happen in that next season.”

It’s an ambitious plan. In a recent interview with New York Magazine, John C. Reilly talked about the future of the show in more ambivalent terms. “I’ve never played a character for this long in a movie or play, and it took a certain amount of emotional stamina to hold on to Jerry for ten episodes,” he said. “It’s above my pay scale whether HBO wants to get into the Shaq and Kobe era, but I’m only obligated to do another season of the show, and I haven’t even thought about whether I would want to keep doing it beyond that.”

Could Winning Time continue for six or seven seasons? It’s certainly possible-though a show like this can get more expensive and complicated to shoot as they go on. Ask any fan of Game of Thrones. The narrative of the Lakers is almost as complex as George R.R. Martin’s fantasy epic. But at least there’s an ending that’s already been written.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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