For the first time, HBO is offering free access to view its two newest original
comedy series, “Ballers” and “The Brink,” on Facebook. Starting today, the first full episode of each series will
be available for a limited time.
“Ballers” star and executive producer Dwayne Johnson will host the episode
directly on his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153597196099384, which includes a video introduction by Johnson, and “The Brink” can be seen on the series page at https://www.facebook.com/TheBrinkHBO/videos/917793438276821/.
“Showcasing the two comedies on Facebook expands HBO programming sampling efforts to a new
platform,” the press release states, and, “with Johnson’s expansive fan base of 49 million followers, it is a natural fit to reach an
already primed audience.”
The news comes just days after the series premieres of both series on Sunday,
June 21, at 10 p.m. (“Ballers”) & 10:30 p.m. (“The Brink”), and will be promoted on HBO’s Facebook and
Twitter profiles as well as Johnson’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for “Ballers.”
In addition to Facebook, the episodes are also available on HBO NOW and HBO GO.
I watched both premieres on Sunday night, and, in short, neither hooked me. But I’ll stick around for at least 2 more episodes of each.