Luck

A true labor of love for Deadwood creator David Milch, this ambitious and star-studded look at the power players, horse trainers, gamblers and hangers-on at a race track in L.A. was abruptly canceled after the deaths of three horses. Considering the fact that Milch took his sweet time building the stories and character portrayals, the first season is not really worth the effort since it’s also the only one. Fans of horse racing may have gotten more out of the behind-the-scenes drama, but the show came alive primarily when focusing on Dustin Hoffmann’s mobster who, fresh out of prison, orchestrated a plot to exact revenge on those who framed him, together with his trusted right-hand man (Dennis Farina). Very good acting, but a bit of a drag at times.

2012:U.S. Made for TV. 9 episodes. Color. Created by David Milch. Cast: Dustin Hoffmann (Chester “Ace” Bernstein), Dennis Farina (Gus Demitriou), John Ortiz (Turo Escalante), Richard Kind, Kevin Dunn, Nick Nolte, Michael Gambon, Ian Hart, Ritchie Coster, Jason Gedrick, Kerry Condon, Gary Stevens, Tom Payne, Jill Hennessy, Joan Allen. 

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