HBO to sneak ‘Luck’ pilot Dec. 11

Pay cabler to offer first episode after 'Boardwalk'

HBO is moving up the date for the premiere of “Luck.”

Horse racing series from writer David Milch and director Michael Mann will now air Dec. 11 immediately following the season-two finale of “Boardwalk Empire.” Pay cabler is expecting a big turnout for “Boardwalk” and wants viewers to get a taste of “Luck” before the series officially launches in January. No start date has been announced.

Milch was the creative force behind HBO’s “Deadwood,” one of the most well-reviewed series in the net’s history. He also, however, was behind “John From Cincinnati,” which was both a creative and ratings disappointment.

“Luck” stars Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte and John Ortiz and examines racing from many different viewpoints, including from the trainer, owner, jockeys and gamblers. Milch is an avid racing fan and has owned several horses over his career.

Milch wrote the pilot, which was helmed by Mann. The two exec produce with Carolyn Strauss.