Sunday, 22 January 2012


For Immediate Release Jan. 13, 2012

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.

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

As the series opens, Chester “Ace” Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) is released from
three years in federal prison. Heʼs 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 Turo Escalante (John Ortiz),
introduces us to their prized Irish thoroughbred, who is being examined by his girlfriend,
track veterinarian Jo (Jill Hennessy).

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Meanwhile, veteran trainer-turned-owner Walter Smith (Nick Nolte) contains his
optimism pinned on his promising “Big Horse” because heʼs wary. Of what, weʼre unsure,
but we learn thereʼs 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 Jerryʼs hunch on the dayʼs 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

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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