After 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:
HBO RENEWS “LUCK” FOR SECOND SEASON
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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