New HBO Original Series LUCK premieres February 20 in the Philippines @hboasia

HBO subscribers are in for a treat on February 20 at 10 PM when a new HBO original series will premiere in the Philippines and all of Asia.

The nine-episode first season of LUCK, starring Oscar® winner Dustin Hoffman and Oscar® nominee Nick Nolte, is spearheaded by acclaimed director Michael Mann and Deadwood creator David Milch.

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 (Dustin 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 (Nick 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. Michael Mann talks more about the series in this interview and so with David Milch.

LUCK 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.

I am sure you will all be tuned in to this brand new HBO Original Series LUCK when it premieres on Monday, February 20 at 10pm on HBO. If you are subscribed to the high-definition on HBO HD , you will catch the series an hour earlier at 9pm.

New episodes are aired every Monday at the same time on HBO and HBO HD.

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For your convenience, see below the episodic synopses, glossary of terms and the cast of LUCK characters. You can download them as a pdf file to your tablet so you can follow through the episodes.

PHilippine HBO LUCK – Episodic Synopses

Philippines HBO LUCK – Characters

Philippine HBO LUCK – Glossary

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