W. Earl Brown reteams with David Milch on horse racing skein

“Deadwood” thesp W. Earl Brown is reteaming with David Milch on the HBO horse racing series “Luck.”

Brown, who played Ian McShane’s henchman Dan Dority on the Old West series that ran for three seasons, will play a trainer in a multi-episode arc in “Luck.”

Dustin Hoffman toplines the series that also stars Nick Nolte, Dennis Farina and John Ortiz. Michael Mann, who directed the pilot, will exec produce with Milch and former HBO programming topper Carolyn Strauss.

The skein is scheduled to debut late next year or first quarter 2012.

Said Milch, who has owned several horses and is a big fan of thoroughbred racing: “I’ve always wanted to write about the racetrack. It’s a charged setting, and I finally felt that I might be competent to engage it in a constructive way that would have an appeal for a large audience.”

Since “Deadwood” left the air in 2006, Brown has guested in a handful of TV series, including “CSI,” Hawthorne” and “Justified.”

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