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https://hoopswire.com/hbo-seeking-stand-ins-for-second-season-of-winning-time/

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HBO Seeking Stand-Ins For Second Season Of ‘Winning Time’
By Sam Amico -September 6, 2022
Season 2 of HBO’s Winning Time, loosely based on the 1980s Lakers, is seeking stand-ins for some of the actors, with filming about to take place.

It was announced back in April that the show would return for another run after a fairly successful debut.

The series stars John C. Reilly as former Lakers owner Jerry Buss, Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson and Hadley Robinson as current owner Jeannie Buss. It has received some criticism around the NBA for its harsh portrayal of former Lakers star and executive Jerry West, played by Jason Clarke.

“It’s been a thrill to bring Winning Time to life with [executive producers] Adam McKay, Max Borenstein, our phenomenal producing team, and this incredible cast,” Francesca Orsi, executive VP of HBO Programming, said in a statement. “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.”

The series is based on Jeff Pearlman’s excellent book entitled, Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. So far, the series has focused solely on the 1979-80 season.

Pearlman wrote a follow-up on the Lakers of Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson (Three-Ring Circus), which HBO also optioned. So that could eventually become part of the series, should it last that long, Porter speculated.

“The idea of carrying forward a saga about this dynasty that is the kings of the city, being able to tell that story of the city and that era and moving into another era would be incredible,” Borentstein said on the TV’s Top 5 podcast. “I hope we have opportunity to keep doing it.”

Those wishing to apply for the roles of stand-ins or extras can visit Project Casting.
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HBO Sued Over ‘Overpriced, Inferior’ COVID Tests Allegedly Used on ‘Winning Time’ Set

A former HBO health staffer sued the company this week, alleging she was wrongfully fired after raising the alarm about the “overpriced, inferior” COVID-19 tests used on crewmembers of Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty. Georgia Heffe, a health adviser on set, claimed in her suit that she’d discovered the testing vendor, CineMedic, was billing HBO for lab-based PCR tests, while in actual fact using rapid tests in direct violation of industry protocols. Her complaint, filed Tuesday, states HBO was aware of the deception and did not act. “It’s unknown to Plaintiff, at this point, why producers and HBO favored a vendor who lied to them, ripped them off, fabricated medical records, and put the lives and safety of cast and crew at risk by peddling overpriced, inferior tests,” Heffe’s suit explains. After “repeatedly [blowing] the whistle on CineMedics’ fraud,” Hesse was fired in May 2022, for what she characterized as “patently absurd and pretextual reasons.” CineMedics told The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday that Hesse’s claims “are false and defamatory.”
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'Winning Time' Hits DVD and Blu-Ray With Multiple Extra Features (Review)


Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty was a huge hit for HBO when it premiered earlier this year. The first season of the series took a look at the Los Angeles Lakers during 1979-80 when season Dr. Jerry Buss purchased the team and then drafted Magic Johnson No. 1 overall. Due to the storytelling, non-stop drama and ensemble cast, Winning Time was renewed for a second season in April.

And now, fans can watch the complete first season of Winning Time on DVD and Blu-ray. Getting DVDs and Blu-rays are different today due to the explosion of streaming services. But for those who don't have HBO Max and didn't get a chance to see Winning Time on HBO, this DVD and Blu-ray set could be the way to go, as it includes all 10 episodes of the first season and a handful of short special features.

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One of the more notable features of the DVD and Blu-ray is The Forum, which is a recap show hosted by former Lakers Star Rick Fox who also helped make Winning Time a successful show. After each episode, Fox looks back at the episode with different guests, including showrunner Max Borenstein, executive producer Adam McKay, Quincy Isaiah, who plays Magic Johnson, and John C. Reilly, who plays Dr. Jerry Buss. Another feature that stands out is Winning Time: The Craft which is a featurette on three different production staff members who made the show possible. If you want to see the training process of Winning Time, basketball tech Idan Ravin gives viewers a quick look at what it took to get the actors in shape for the show in Winning Time: Training Time.

In other features, Reilly and Isaiah give viewers an inside look at the set in Winning Time: Set Tour. There's even a feature of Isiah, DeVaughn Nixon who plays Norm Nixon, and Solomon Hughes who plays Kareem Abdul-Jabar playing a game of horse. And who wins that game of horse? You're going to have to get the DVD and Blu-ray to find out.

HBO is known for having disappointing Blu-ray and DVD sets for its original shows. Winning Time has a little more to offer because of The Forum, but the one thing the set is missing in the set is deleted scenes as it would have been interesting to see which scenes didn't make the final cut. While a fan can go through the special features in one sitting, it would have been nice for HBO to go more in-depth with a few features, specifically the original featurette Winning Time: Changing the Game. Regardless, the DVD and Blu-ray set of Winning Time is something basketball and non-basketball fans can enjoy. Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty: The Complete First Season, will be available on Oct. 4.
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