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Milch back on TV

Dustin Hoffman

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 David Milch -- maybe the greatest living TV writer and certainly the most celebrated -- will be back on TV soon, thanks to a deal he just scored with HBO. It was announced yesterday, and being somewhat dilatory of late, I've just posted now.

  It's "Luck," and stars Dustin Hoffman and will be directed (or at least the pilot, I imagine) by Michael Mann. Quite a combo, eh?

  HBO describes thusly:

  "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."

  This means, I would imagine, that "Luck" will be on HBO in early 2011.

  I've pretty much loved everything Milch has done -- including "John in Cincinnati," although I did on occassion poke a little fun at the highly verbal "Deadwood." Milch -- as Milchiacs know -- is an expert on the track,and gambling (and naturally there's a huge backstory to that obsession). He owns horses and races 'em, so this show should be infused with an unusual degree of authenticity.

  I've posted (below) a clip appropos of nothing, save to illustrate the intensity and braininess of Milch -- an enormously generous guy who gives of his time and knowledge to writers' groups and has for years. It's the opening of "Big Apple," a personal favorite that never much made it beyond a few episodes. It did at least reveal the great versatility of Ed O'Neill -- who is still awaiting his Emmy...



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