Michael Lombardo, the president of HBO Programming, announced today that the network has decided to renew Luck for a second season, after the series’ pilot episode received overwhelming critical acclaim and attracted a total of 3.3 million viewers. Which is not bad for a series that turned out to be a harder sell then most premium cable shows since there are no loveable serial killers or neurotic mobsters among the large cast. The pickup, which is for ten episodes, is slated to air in January 2013.
For those of you who don’t know about Luck yet — though you should because it is fantastic — it comes from the awesome Alpha Male minds of acclaimed director Michael Mann (The Insider, Heat) and Deadwood creator David Milch. It is a look at the world of horse racing with various owners, trainers, jockeys and gamblers coloring the murky surroundings. The cast is led by Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman — who is also credited as one of the show’s producers — and Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte, who has never been better.
Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Richard Kind, Kevin Dunn, Ian Hart, Ritchie Coster, Jason Gedrick, Kerry Condon, Gary Stevens, Tom Payne, and Jill Hennessy round out the cast.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the critical response to this beautiful piece of work,” said Lombardo, “and we are very excited about where David and Michael plan to take these incredible characters.”
And hell, we’re excited over Luck as well.