News from last week, but well worth a delayed post. David Milch (NYPD Blue, Deadwood), and Michael Mann (Miami Vice, Heat. Collateral) have produced a winning pilot for HBO which Deadline calls “a provocative look at horse racing ‚Äì the owners, gamblers, jockeys and diverse gaming industry players.” The series has been been picked up for a full season and begins production around Santa Ana this fall.

‚ÄúMichael Mann delivered a pilot from David Milch‚Äôs brilliant script that took our breath away,‚Äù said HBO’s programming president Michael Lombardo. ‚ÄúWe are truly excited that these two artists, and our extraordinary cast headed by Dustin Hoffman, will be bringing Luck to life.‚Äù

Extraordinary cast indeed. Costarring with Dustin Hoffman are Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Kevin Dunn, Richard Kind, Jason Gedrick, Ritchie Coster, Ian Hart, Tom Payne, Kerry Condon, Gary Stevens and Nick Nolte.

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