'Luck' Series Premiere Preview: It's Not That Easy On The Tracks
'Luck' Series Premiere Preview: It's Not That Easy On The Tracks
HBO's hedging its bets again tonight with the new series Luck. It's from Deadwood creator David Milch and acclaimed director Michael Mann. It stars Dustin Hoffman and recent Oscar nominee Nick Nolte. And if I say it's about horse racing, I'm not being fully truthful.

It's not just about horse racing, after all. If you've seen the preview event a few weeks back you'll realize that Luck, while set in the world of horse racing, is beyond the horse trainers and the jockeys and the gambling spectators. The show features them, sure (and with an all-star cast to boot) but it's all about how their lives connect to each other in many different ways. Bah, I'll let the folks involve talk about it themselves.

On what Luck is all about: Milch has always been fascinated by horse racing, and is even a horse owner himself. "Literally from the time I was 5 years old, and the waiter approached me and I told him who I wanted to bet on," he tells the Los Angeles Times. His familiarity with the world of the race track is expected to translate on screen. "I've used the metaphor of the jazz combo, where they can riff off each other but are somehow playing the same tune." Dustin Hoffman said in the same interview. Those elements? Everyone involved, of course.

On what attracted Hoffman to the series: Hoffman has done little television, and Luck is his first regular television series. "Michael Mann called me and said, 'I know you don't want to do television ... you're not gonna do this, but this is one of the best scripts I've ever read. Would you just read it?'" he tells the Huffington Post. "So I read it, and I said, 'I really liked the parts I understood.'" Mann always had Hoffman in mind for the role of recently-released crime lord Ace Bernstein: "I hadn't seen him play this kind of a role," he said. "That's always great territory, to bring an actor into something he hasn't done."

On the show's powerhouse cast: "We've got all these great character actors -- we've got the crème de la crème," Nick Nolte, who plays trainer Walter Smith, told HuffPo. The cast also include greats such as Richard Kind, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz and Jill Hennessy, with Michael Gambon and Joan Allen popping by for guest roles. "When you are working with heavyweights, there's no problem," Hoffman told reporters at the show's TCA panel.

Luck premieres tonight from 9pm on HBO. Want a taster of what to expect? Well, here's your video, then.

(Image courtesy of HBO)