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HBO Orders Dustin Hoffman/David Milch/Michael Mann/Nick Nolte Drama LUCK To Series!!

I am – Hercules!! No mention of how many hours season one will run, and no word on whether Kerry Condon will get as naked as she was in “Rome”:
For Immediate Release HBO ORDERS NEW DRAMA SERIES LUCK, STARRING DUSTIN HOFFMAN -------- A David Milch And Michael Mann Collaboration -------- LOS ANGELES, July 14, 2010 – HBO has picked up the new drama series LUCK, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. LUCK is a provocative look at horse racing – the owners, gamblers, jockeys and diverse gaming industry players. LUCK begins shooting this fall at Santa Anita Park and other Los Angeles locations. “Michael Mann delivered a pilot from David Milch’s brilliant script that took our breath away,” notes Lombardo. “We are truly excited that these two artists, and our extraordinary cast headed by Dustin Hoffman, will be bringing LUCK to life.” The cast for the pilot stars Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Kevin Dunn, Richard Kind, Jason Gedrick, Ritchie Coster, Ian Hart, Tom Payne, Kerry Condon, Gary Stevens and Nick Nolte. Jill Hennessy guest stars. Pilot credits: executive producers, David Milch, Michael Mann and Carolyn Strauss; co-executive producer, Henry Bronchtein; producer, Dustin Hoffman; written by David Milch; directed by Michael Mann.
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  • July 14, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    All i want is game of Thrones

    by OSAMP1

  • July 14, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    and first

    by OSAMP1

  • July 14, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    No Deadwood....

    by ICantBelieveIRegistered

    I loved Deadwood, but this sounds lame. And I agree: Bring on Game of Thrones!!!

  • July 14, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    No one cares

    by OSAMP1

  • July 14, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Fuck yeah!

    by theneonsamurai

    Anyone not interested in this has fucking suspect taste in film and TV.

  • July 14, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    holy FUCK!

    by WeylandYutani

    Match made in heaven.

  • July 14, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    HBO is back!

    by Fievel

    Shows like this and Boardwalk Empire are reasons for getting HBO.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    This is more like it!

    by SingingConan

    Good job, HBO.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Fuck David Milch - he screwed us

    by slayme

    with Deadwood - lied and said there would be 2 movies to wrap up the series - never happened. Tell ya what Milch and HBO - give us a Deadwood finale or I watch nothing connected to Milch. Hope others do the same.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Sounds awesome

    by Loose_Seal

    Deadwood was one of the two or three best dramas of the last decade, so I'm looking forward to this one. And Dustin Hoffman + Milch's famously incredible dialogue? Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have our Emmy winner for Drama Lead Actor next year (or whenever this comes out).

  • July 14, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    I fucking care

    by oneblood

  • July 14, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST

    by oneblood

    Been waiting on this announcement for months.

  • July 14, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    ROFL: Deadwood boycott?

    by gooseud

    Deadwood was great, but the idea that the masses are going to somehow rise up in rebellion because there wasnt a TV movie wrap-up (something that anyone with 2 brain cells knew was a lie the second he said it) is laughable, almost as laughable as the 17 people who haunted TBs all over the interwebz complaining about Carnivale.

  • July 14, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    You had me at Kerry Condon naked!

    by BackRiverCatfish

    I'm actually excited about the concept, there's lots of scumbags involved in horse racing and Milch writes great scumbags.

  • July 14, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    No interest in Milch

    by FrodoFraggins

    He was given the chance to keep ALL of the actors and end with 6 episodes. For some reason he felt he couldn't deviate from the time lapse per episode yet he could make two two-hour movies? <br><br> John from Cincinnati sucked and who gives a shit about horse racing.

  • July 14, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Sounds good to me

    by Flippadippa

    Lucks like it turned out OK.

  • July 14, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST


    by _Maltheus_

    Dustin Hoffman couldn't act his way out of a paper bag and horse racing doesn't inspire much fascination in me, but I'll give it a shot for Milch and Mann.

  • July 14, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Jason Gedrick the Series killer...

    by Somerichs

    They're gonna need a little Luck to overcome the Gedrick curse...

  • July 14, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    When people talk about THE SOCIAL NETWORK...

    by ROBRAM89

    ...and how they're stunned that David Fincher would waste his talent on that premise...well. Now I know what that feels like.

  • July 14, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Even "unfinished"..

    by oneblood

    I like Deadwood better than most every other series I've ever watched. I tend to go back and watch it at least once a year.

  • July 14, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    not really a waste of talent..

    by oneblood

  • July 14, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST

    more like a passion-play

    by oneblood

    Milch owns racehorses, so this is a topic near and dear to him

  • July 14, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Clearings things up

    by JuntMonkey

    1. It is not Milch's fault that Deadwood did not get to continue/conclude. HBO only partially owned Deadwood, and the expense made it barely worth their time - they felt that Milch's talents could be more profitably used on a show that they could own fully. This became John From Cincinnati. Milch did everything in his power to keep Deadwood, including trying by himself to get more financial backing.<br> <br> 2. John From Cincinnati does not suck, and is one of the closest shows we have to Twin Peaks (not on a superficial level obviously).<br> <br> 3. It's going to be difficult for this show to not be phenomenal.

  • July 14, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    People still parroting that "Milch screwed us" story

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    With deadwood? Get your fucking story straight on that one, he didn't "abandon" deadwood to do john from cincinatti, blame the HBO executives for that. And you think he can just wave his fucking hands and get the money and all the actors back and rebuild all the sets to do those two movies? Listen to yourself dumbass. Besides, as Milch himself said, endings are overratted, there's nothing wrong with the show ending the way it did. It would have been nice to have more but why are people still throwing a bitch fit about it.

  • July 14, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Herc isn't going to tell us, about the EVENT

    by BillboeFett

    because: <P> <p> </BR> A) No Whedon B) No pwesents

  • July 14, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Yeah Guy but...

    by knuckleodeon

    You can't blame someone for investing the time to watch the series, liking it throughout, and being pissed at the ending. I liked the Deadwood ending as well, and I'm re-watching now for the first time since it ended. Flawless.

  • July 14, 2010, 8:16 p.m. CST

    And for the record...

    by knuckleodeon

    JFC was fucking flawless as well. "Look at the breasts on these women. This country is DOOMED!"

  • July 14, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    JFC had terrible acting

    by FrodoFraggins

    from the surfers that weren't real actors. The kid and the chick that ran the shop ruined the entire show with god awful acting.

  • July 14, 2010, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Dustin Hoffman can't act?? WTF?

    by BackRiverCatfish

    Now I've heard everything!

  • July 14, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Dennis Farina is in this?? I'm in!

    by Rev. Slappy

    Farina kicks all kind of ass.

  • July 14, 2010, 10:33 p.m. CST

    This sounds like it has the appeal of Treme

    by skycrapper

    Probably a good concept that no one will watch. Aiden Gillen of The Wire is Littlefinger for you Thrones fans.

  • July 14, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST

    I don't care, I'm still pissed about Deadwood

    by slayme

    and always will be. Milch could have made it happen if he really wanted. Yeah yeah I see all the posts - don't blame Milch blame HBO execs. If Farscape can be canceled before its time yet come back with a 4 hour wrap up movie, Deadwood could/should have too. HBO was thinking short term in screwing the Deadwood fans - I'll spend my hour doing something else. Show sounds stupid anyways.

  • July 14, 2010, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Milch and Farina? Yes, please.

    by res8323

    The cast alone is enough to sign me up. Farina's turn in Snatch never fails to make me laugh. I've only seen Deadwood's first season, but that's plenty to get me aboard this one.

  • July 15, 2010, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Deadwood and HBO's top shelf stuff

    by MrMajestic

    HBO was the place to go to for the best high-concept dramas for a while and I'll always be grateful for that. Rome, Deadwood and Carnivale were wonderful but if all they have to offer us now is dreary shows and one chick genre show like True Blood, I'd just as soon watch Basic Cable with shows like Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad. Heck with The Walking Dead coming to Basic, HBO's Game of Thrones series better kick butt or HBO will be dead to me.

  • July 15, 2010, 1:27 a.m. CST


    by JonChambers

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    by JonChambers

  • July 15, 2010, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Deadwood was pretty awesome

    by JoeD

    But it made me feel oddly stupid. I was able to follow the general plot lines, but from minute to minute, I couldn't tell you what the hell was going on. The dialogue (which strangely carried over to John from Cincinnati) was wonderfully archaic, but more often than not it felt like a show staring speeches by Abraham Lincoln. But we need more tv like that. It challenged me to keep up, and I'm grateful for that.

  • July 15, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Academic Article on Deadwood

    by CatoTheCensor

    There are at least a couple. Here's an interesting one mostly focusing on the important of the dialogue... You might be able to access it free on a college internet connection

  • July 15, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    Mann and Farina

    by IamZardoz

    Last time was "Manhunter" so maybe this will be close.

  • July 15, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Mann and Farina

    by IamZardoz

    Oh yeah, "Crime Story" and "Thief".

  • July 15, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    HBO Execs were to blame for Deadwood

    by ZoeFan

    Not Milch.

  • July 15, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    This will be better than Deadwood

    by rosasaks

    It's the thing he used to work on compulsively going back decades typing the same twelve pages. It's a world he knows since growing up that speaks to his obsessions.

  • July 15, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    DEADWOOD....classic......TALKBACKS sometimes....dumb....

    by Canidate_Micheal

  • July 15, 2010, 11:27 p.m. CST

    HBO seems to be increasing their game. I likey.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • July 17, 2010, 2:42 a.m. CST


    by RedJester

    Can you imagine Game of Thrones, Treme, Luck, and Boardwalk Empire all on one network in the same calender year?

  • July 17, 2010, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Alright, which one of you idiots said Hoffman can't act?

    by RedJester

    Do yourself a favor and watch, well any of his movies really, but more specifically Little Big Man and come back here and try saying that again with a straight face! I dare ya!

  • July 17, 2010, 2:51 a.m. CST


    by RedJester

    Lemme guess, Danial Day Lewis is a hack as well, right? Dude can't play a Native American for shit!

  • July 17, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    RedJester, stealing my posts

    by JuntMonkey

    RedJester, I've been touting "imagine Game of Thrones, Treme, Luck, and Boardwalk Empire all being on the same network in the same year" for months now. Also, you're supposed to add Mad Men and probably Breaking Bad (though I haven't seen it yet), at least, and make it a general television greatness thing.<br><br>I foresee a "Great DVR Crisis of 2011". Even if you are just trying to DVR shows that are like top 50 ever, you're going to have unresolvable conflicts. Much chaos and gnashing of teeth will ensue.

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