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HBO in ‘Luck’

Network greenlights Dustin Hoffman series

HBO is off to the races.

The pay cabler has given a greenlight to “Luck,” the Dustin Hoffman drama series from David Milch and Michael Mann that is set against the backdrop of horse racing.

“Luck” is billed as a provocative look at a world populated by owners, gamblers, jockeys and and other gaming industry players. Series will begin shooting at Santa Anita Park, among other Los Angeles spots, this fall.

Pilot to “Luck” was shot in spring. Given the talent involved, a greenlight was pretty much seen as a given. Milch created and exec produced HBO cult fave, the gritty Western “Deadwood,” and the oddball “John From Cincinnati.”

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

“Luck” reps Hoffman’s first TV series. Mann is fielding his first HBO project, and his first smallscreen effort since the cop drama “Robbery Homicide Division,” which had a rocky run on CBS in 2002.

Hoffman stars along with Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Kevin Dunn, Richard Kind, Jason Gedrick, Ritchie Coster, Ian Hart, Tom Payne, Kerry Condon, Gary Stevens and Nick Nolte. Jill Hennessy guest stars.

Milch and Mann are exec producers along with Carolyn Strauss. Milch wrote the pilot, while Mann is director. Hoffman is also a producer on the series.

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