Luck: Second Season for New HBO Series

Luck season twoAfter airing just one episode, HBO has renewed their new TV show Luck for a second season.

Starring Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina and Nick Nolte, HBO aired a special preview episode of Luck in December. It attracted a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 1.14 million total viewers. The season officially began two nights ago with a re-airing of the pilot.

The ratings were apparently strong enough for HBO to give the go-ahead for 10 more episodes — that and the fact that the series is from David Milch and has some major stars attached. Season two will go into production late next month and will air in January 2013.

HBO ordered just nine episodes for season one (including the pilot) and those will finish airing on March 25th.

Here’s the official press release:

Ten Episode Season Slated For Jan. 2013; Production Scheduled To Resume End Of Feb.

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31, 2012 – HBO has renewed the drama LUCK for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. LUCK has received overwhelming critical acclaim and the first episode has a gross audience of 3.3 million viewers to date. The pickup, which is for ten episodes, is slated to air in January 2013. Production is scheduled to resume at the end of February.

From 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, whose cast is led by Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte. The series will be filmed at Santa Anita Park and various other locations.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the critical response to this beautiful piece of work,” said Michael Lombardo, “and we are very excited about where David and Michael plan to take these incredible characters.”

Season one regulars included Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Richard Kind, Kevin Dunn, Ian Hart, Ritchie Coster, Jason Gedrick, Kerry Condon, Gary Stevens, Tom Payne, and Jill Hennessy.

Season one credits: the executive producers of LUCK are David Milch, Michael Mann and Carolyn Strauss; co-executive producers are Henry Bronchtein and Eric Roth; Dustin Hoffman serves as producer.

What do you think? Are you glad to hear that Luck has been renewed or do you think that it should have been cancelled instead?

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  1. Argent says

    Finally, a show where no one is screaming “how can they cancel this? I’ll never watch your network again!” LUCK is boring, anticlimatic, drags, and blah. I’ve watched it and keep coming away with “what is the point”? Hoffman gets out of jail after apparently taking the rap for some organized crime family; at first I thought he was out for revenge but now it doesnt look like that. In fact I’m not sure WHAT its supposed to be, and not even the great Dustin Hoffman or Jill Hennesy can make care.

  2. Brooke M says

    Wow, worst TV show I’ve seen in a long time. Having grown up around thoroughbred horses I am very familiar with what goes on in that industry but when that horse broke down I turned away, for good. I don’t need to see that on TV. Like others, I thought the big ‘names’ in the show meant quality TV. Sadly, the big names seem like nothing more than washed up actors desperate for a gig and the show itself is pathetic.

    Don’t waste your time with this one folks. The fact that they have signed on for a second season is nothing more than wishful thinking on their part.

    • Kat says

      Yeah, I’m glad my mom had tuned out by the time that horse got injured. She hates seeing stuff like that (not that I was a fan of it, either, but she would’ve been really upset).

  3. Grandizer says

    Wow, I can’t believe that, the show I watched was far from inspiring me to watch much more.
    I thought I was seeing things with all the big names they had in the show. It most be expensive as hell to pay them people…
    I thought that Paul was going to kill the smart ass jockey and that would have added to the enjoyment of the episode. I thought that there would have been romance between the female jockey and either the trainer / owner or another jockey.
    The horse being put down was done well.
    The betting was a crap shoot, I don’t bet on the ponies, but that this ONE guy was able to pick that many correct horses in that many races correctly? a once in a lifetime thing. I don’t see how that is going to continue.
    The entire show was basically ehh to me.
    Although with Shameless, House of Lies, Spartacus, The Borgias, The Boss, Californication and so many other shows, I was surprised there was ZERO nudity.

  4. Kat says

    DirecTV (maybe others, too?) had a free preview weekend for HBO when they re-aired the pilot on Jan. 29. Are they sure they want to order 10 more episodes based on that number…? I checked it out with my family on Jan. 29; my mother gave up halfway through ‘cos she didn’t understand the betting stuff, I watched till the end though wasn’t impressed enough to commit to watching any more episodes, and my father, who had the best chance of actually enjoying the show, didn’t bother since he knew we were never going to get HBO based on this episode alone. The only scenes I found remotely interesting centered around Nick Nolte, the Irish girl jockey, and their horse, probably because they were the only ones who seemed like decent, non-annoying people.

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