New HBO original series ‘Luck’ premieres Feb. 20 in Asia

Luck Premieres in Asia

From acclaimed director Michael Mann and Deadwood creator David Milch, the nine-episode first season of Luck, starring Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman and Oscar nominee Nick Nolte, premieres in Asia on February 20 at 10pm on HBO. The television series has received overwhelming critical acclaim and has been renewed for a second season.

Luck is a behind-the-track look at the world of horse racing and gambling’s denizens – owners, trainers, jockeys and gamblers. As the series opens, Chester “Ace” Bernstein (Hoffman) is released from three years in federal prison. He is met by his driver and bodyguard, Gus Demitriou (Dennis Farina), who fronts as the owner of the $2 million Irish Horse that Ace just bought. A brilliant but disreputable trainer, the Peruvian Turo Escalante (John Ortiz), introduces us to their prized Irish thoroughbred, who is being examined by his girlfriend, track veterinarian Jo (Jill Hennessy).

Meanwhile, veteran trainer-turned-owner Walter Smith (Nolte) contains his optimism pinned on his promising “Big Horse” because he is wary. The reason he is wary will be revealed later, but there is a dark history and a shadow of scandal behind the horse.

Four degenerate gamblers, Marcus (Kevin Dunn), Renzo (Ritchie Coster), Jerry (Jason Gedrick), and Lonnie (Ian Hart), meanwhile, are pooling their meager resources to bet Jerry’s hunch on the day’s long shot, a high-stakes Pick Six winners contest.

Michael Mann assembled a brilliant cast led by Hoffman and Nolte when he directed the pilot, written by series creator David Milch. In making the episodes as executive producers, they work collaboratively together, with Milch masterfully overseeing the writing for the series and Mann supervising every aspect of the filmmaking. Luck was filmed at Santa Anita Park and other Los Angeles locations.

The series also stars Richard Kind as jockey agent Joey Rathburn; Tom Payne as a beginner jockey Leon, a.k.a. “Bug Boy”; Kerry Condon as Rosie, an exercise girl with jockey ambitions; and real-life racing Hall of Famer Gary Stevens as Ronnie Jenkins, a talented but boozy veteran jockey.

Continuing guest stars on the series include Patrick J. Adams, Joan Allen, W. Earl Brown, Bruce Davison, Spencer Garrett, Barry Shabaka Henley, Ted Levine, Jurgen Prochnow, Alan Rosenberg, Mercedes Ruehl, Chantal Sutherland and Sir Michael Gambon.

Don’t miss Luck when it premieres on Monday, February 20 at 10pm on HBO. Viewers can catch the series an hour earlier at 9pm in high-definition on HBO HD. Catch new episodes every Monday at the same time on HBO and HBO HD.