Luck on HBO

The new HBO series Luck sees director Michael Mann and writer David Milch combine forces with Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte.

Based around a group of characters at a horse-racing track, Milch spoke about the premise to Variety last year:

“The pilot is about a bunch of intersecting lives in the world of horse racing,” Milch told Daily Variety. “It’s a subject which has engaged and some might say has compelled me for 50 years. I’ve joked that if I just can make $25 million on this show, I’ll be even on research expenses. I find it as complicated and engaging a special world as any I’ve ever encountered, not only in what happens in the clubhouse and the grandstand, but also on the backside of the track, where the training is done and where they house the horses.”

Although it looks like an ensemble piece, it appears Dustin Hoffman will have the biggest role as a man ‘deeply involved in gambling’.

Both Mann and Milch have a considerable pedigree when it comes to TV shows: the former was showrunner for Miami Vice in the 1980s when Milch was doing the same job with Hill Street Blues.

With Martin Scorsese directing the pilot of Boardwalk Empire for HBO, it seems like the venerable cable network is fast becoming a refuge for directors who want to flex their creative muscles outside the studio system.

Luck is scheduled to air sometime in 2012.

> HBO page for Luck
> Find out more about Michael Mann and David Milch at Wikipedia
> New Yorker profile of David Milch from 2005

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Trailer: Treme

This is a trailer for the new HBO series Treme, which is the latest creation of David Simon, the man behind The Wire.

It focuses on the Treme neighbourhood of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Here some other promo videos:

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The Pacific

The Pacific is an upcoming World War II miniseries, produced by Steven SpielbergTom Hanks and Gary Goetzman for HBO which will air in the UK on Sky Movies HD.

A companion series of sorts to Band of Brothers, which focused on the U.S. Army‘s involvement in the European Theater of Operations, this series explores the U.S. Marines in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

The series track the stories of three Marines – Robert LeckieEugene Sledge and John Basilone – as they fight in the Pacific and follows them and their fellow soldiers as they clash with the Japanese in the battles of GuadalcanalCape GloucesterPeleliuOkinawa and the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Made at a cost of $200 million and shot on location in Australia in High Definition, the series will run for 10 episodes.

Sky Movies HD will be airing The Pacific in the UK at the same time as the series shows in the US on HBO.

UK viewers can find out more at at whilst US viewers can find out more at



Trailer: Real Time with Bill Maher

A trailer for the new series of the HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher.

Can a British TV executive please bring this to UK screens?


The Making of HBO’s John Adams

HBO’s John Adams got released on DVD in the UK this week.

Here is a 20 minute behind-the-scenes video from HBO’s YouTube channel:

There is also a video examining the life of John Adams:

It is a remarkable piece of television and if you didn’t manage to catch it on Channel 4 recently or More4 back in October, then it is an essential purchase.

> Official site for John Adams at HBO
> Find out more about the real John Adams at Wikipedia
> Buy David McCullough’s biography of John Adams at Amazon UK


A Farewell to Douchebags

Bill Maher‘s opening monologue to his latest Real Time show accurately sums up the celebratory mood after Obama’s win last Tuesday. 

Farewell to douchebags indeed.

Amusing News

Bill Maher on the VP debate

Bill Maher gives us his thoughts on the VP debate on his HBO show Real Time.

TV Viral Video

Every death in The Sopranos

Someone has made a 10 minute compilation of every single death in The Sopranos:

It goes without saying that there are spoilers and violence.

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> HBO page for The Sopranos
> Episode guide and timeline for the show at Wikipedia

Amusing Documentaries News

Bill Maher on the Catholic church

US comedian and talkshow host Bill Maher has a new documentary about religion coming out later this year called Religulous.

His recent monologue about Catholicism on his HBO show Real Time has recently been causing some debate in the US: