luck-premieres-january-29-hboLuck is the newest bet by HBO, and sure sounds great. I mean, it brings Dustin Hoffman to a TV Series. Enough said and you can watch all of your favorite HBO shows with certain Direc.tv Packages.

From  acclaimed  director  Michael  Mann  and  “Deadwood”  creator  David  Milch,  the nine-episode  season  of  LUCK,  starring  Oscar®  winner  Dustin  Hoffman  and  Oscar®
nominee  Nick  Nolte,  debuts  SUNDAY,  JAN.  29  (9:00-10:00  pm  ET/PT),  with  other
episodes debuting on subsequent Sundays at the same time.

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What is Luck About? Plot Synopsis

LUCK  is  a  behind-the-track  look  at  the  world  of  horse  racing  and  gambling’s
denizens  -  owners,  trainers,  jockeys  and  gamblers.  Michael  Mann  assembled  a  brilliant cast led by Hoffman and Nolte when he directed the pilot written by series creator David Milch. In making the episodes as executive producers, they work collaboratively together with  Milch  masterfully  overseeing  the  writing  for  the  series  and  Mann  supervising  every aspect  of  the  filmmaking.  LUCK  was  filmed  at  Santa  Anita  Park  and  other  Los  Angeles locations.
As  the  series  opens,  Chester  “Ace”  Bernstein  (Dustin  Hoffman)  is  released  from
three  years  in  federal  prison.   He?s  met  by  his  driver  and  bodyguard,  Gus  Demitriou (Dennis  Farina),  who  fronts  as  the  owner  of  the  $2  million  Irish  Horse  that  Ace  just bought.   A  brilliant  but  disreputable  trainer,  the  Peruvian  Turro  Escalante  (John  Ortiz), introduces us to their prized Irish thoroughbred, who is being examined by his girlfriend, track veterinarian Jo (Jill Hennessy).

Meanwhile,  veteran  trainer-turned-owner  Walter  Smith  (Nick  Nolte)  contains  his
optimism pinned on his promising “Big Horse” because he?s wary.  Of what, we?re unsure,
but we learn there?s a dark history and a shadow of scandal behind the horse.
Four  degenerate  gamblers,  Marcus  (Kevin  Dunn),  Renzo  (Ritchie  Coster),  Jerry
(Jason Gedrick), and Lonnie (Ian Hart), meanwhile, are pooling their meager resources to
bet Jerry?s hunch on the day?s long shot, a high-stakes Pick Six winners contest.
LUCK  also  stars  Richard  Kind  as  jockey  agent  Joey  Rathburn;  Tom  Payne  as  a
beginner  jockey  Leon,  a.k.a.  “Bug  Boy”;  Kerry  Condon  as  Rosie,  an  exercise  girl  with jockey  ambitions;  and  real-life  racing  Hall  of  Famer  Gary  Stevens  as  Ronnie  Jenkins,  a talented but boozy veteran jockey.
Continuing guest stars on the series include Patrick J. Adams, Joan Allen, W. Earl
Brown,  Bruce  Davison,  Spencer  Garrett,  Barry  Shabaka  Henley,  Ted  Levine,  Jurgen
Prochnow,  Alan  Rosenberg,  Mercedes  Ruehl,  Chantal  Sutherland  and  Sir  Michael
Gambon.
Episode one is directed by Michael Mann and written by David Milch; episode two is directed by Terry George and written by John R. Perrotta; episode three is directed by
Allen  Coulter  and  written  by  Bill  Barich; episode four  is  directed  by  Phillip  Noyce  and written by Jay Hovdey; episode five is directed by Brian Kirk and written by Scott Willson; episode six is directed by Henry Bronchtein and written by Robin Shushan; episode seven is  directed  by  Brian  Kirk  and  written  by  Amanda  Ferguson; episode eight  is  directed  by Allen Coulter and written by John R. Perrotta & Jay Hovdey; and episode nine is directed by Mimi Leder and written by Eric Roth.
The  executive  producers  of  LUCK  are  David  Milch,  Michael  Mann  and  Carolyn
Strauss;  co-executive  producers  are  Henry  Bronchtein  and  Eric  Roth;  Dustin  Hoffman serves as producer.

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