After Profitable Time’s Cancellation At HBO, EP Explains How Season 2’s Epilogue Got here Collectively


Profitable Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty has formally been canceled by HBO after two seasons, and the transfer has been met with a plethora of responses from followers. Many aren’t too happy with the sports activities dramedy being axed so quickly, particularly since there gave the impression to be loads of tales left to inform. As a result of Season 2’s closing episode needed to function one thing of a de-facto collection finale, an epilogue was added to supply a little bit of closure. (Mentioned scene was not included in early screeners despatched to the press.) Now, one of many govt producers is opening up about how that ending tag got here collectively. 

The finale depicts the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to the Boston Celtics on the 1984 NBA Finals, after which Magic Johnson stews in a bathe alone. Nonetheless, there’s subsequently a scene that takes place days later and exhibits group proprietor Jerry Buss and his daughter, Jeanie, having a dialogue. The sports activities tycoon and his rising govt child share optimistic ideas concerning the franchise’s future within the NBA, earlier than a montage chronicling their eventual successes is proven. Profitable Time EP Kevin Messick defined that these scenes had been crafted after HBO requested the inventive to have a fail-safe in case Season 3 wasn’t greenlit. Messick additional recalled the conversations surrounding that “inventive downside”:

It was a inventive downside that we wanted to give you an answer for: What would [an ending after two seasons] appear to be? Whether or not we favored it or not, it was an issue that we needed to remedy. And so we ready earlier than the strike, and delivered to HBO, two totally different variations of the ending in order that HBO would have each choices by the point the present began airing and rankings got here in and opinions and all that.


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