Omar Miller, who is best known, perhaps, for playing Walter Simmons on CSI: Miami, dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Tuesday to discuss his new series, Ballers, which premiers this Sunday, June 21, at 9:01 p.m. ET, on HBO.
The series, which stars Dwayne Johnson, centers on a group of football players, as well as their families, friends and handlers.
“We got some heat for you on this one,” Miller said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “We got the big fella leading the way – Dwayne Johnson, hottest actor in the world – and he’s playing a former NFL star, a legend kind of guy that was an all-world linebacker.”
Johnson plays Spencer Strassmore, while Miller plays Charles Greane. Strassmore and Greane won a Super Bowl together and are now retired. Strassmore, however, has a bit more direction in his post-playing life.
“He’s now moving into financial management; my character is now moving into nowhere,” Miller explained. “He’s in the wilderness, as they say. He doesn’t know what he’s going to do with his life. And so what he’s doing, he’s trying to find his way on how to transition back into society after being cheered on by 100,000 people every week to just going home and getting ridden by his wife, like everybody gets rode by their wife.”
The series also stars Donovan W. Carter, Rob Corddry, Troy Garity, Jazmyn Simon, John David Washington, Anabelle Acosta and Arielle Kebbel, with Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson, among others, serving as executive producers. Ten episodes were filmed. Miller hopes to film 15 next season.
Scott Ferrall, meanwhile, wondered how the NFL will react to the series, which reportedly depicts the darker side of the league, the game and its players. Will the NFL be unhappy with the show?
“Well, I don’t think that it only shows that side,” Miller said. “That’s the thing. It just shows a realistic snapshot of some men that are in the league. I felt like the producers did a good job of trying to represent across the board. Okay, yeah, we got some party animals and the kind of guys you end up seeing on TMZ, but then we also have a guy like my character that I play who married his college sweetheart and is just trying to do his thing and live his life and have a baby. There’s everybody. The whole gamut is represented there. And in that, I think the league will be fine with it because there’s no one way. Everybody knows that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts in the NFL, and everybody also knows it’s not a bunch of bad guys.”
The show is set in Miami’s and doesn’t shy away from the city’s party reputation.
“It’s wine, women and song – and you see that on the show,” Miller said. “If nothing else, you will have a great time watching this show and it will make you understand why you should invest in real estate in Miami.”