Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New Milch Series Set for HBO

Award-winning Buffalo native David Milch (“Deadwood”) is coming back to HBO with a new series, “Luck,” that stars Dustin Hoffman (above) and takes place in the horse racing industry that Milch knows so well.

Milch, who was a frequent visitor to Saratoga with his family when he was growing up and has owned thoroughbred horses that have won two Breeders’ Cup races, is hoping his luck changes after his last HBO series, “John in Cincinnati” only ran one season.

Milch wrote the pilot of “Luck,” which was directed by Michael Mann. Decades ago, Mann had success with another member of the Buffalo connection in Hollywood. Mann directed “Miami Vice” -- the series created by WNYer Anthony Yerkovich.

In a release, HBO said "Luck" will “take a provocative look at horse racing -- the owners, gamblers, jockeys and diverse gaming industry players.”

Michael Lombardo, the president of HBO programming, added: “Michael Mann delivered a pilot from David Milch’s brilliant script that took our breath away. We are truly excited that these two artists and our extraordinary cast headed by Dustin Hoffman will bring ‘Luck’ to life.”

The cast is heavily-male dominated. Besides Hoffman, the cast includes recognizable faces and names like Dennis Farina, Kevin Dunn, Richard Kind, Jason Gedrick and Nick Nolte. Jill Hennessy (“Crossing Jordan,” “Law & Order”) will guest star.

The series will begin filming this fall at Santa Anita Park in Arcadian, Calif. and other locations in and around Los Angeles.
Besides his HBO series, Milch is known as a writer-executive producer on the classic NBC police series, “Hill Street Blues” and the classic ABC police series, “NYPD Blue.”

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