David Milch and Michael Mann’s HBO horse racing drama “Luck” was canceled in March of last year after one season, not because of the ratings, though they weren’t stellar, but because of the unfortunate number of equine deaths that happened during the production. It was a smart show, if imposingly resistant to any kind of easy narrative arc, and it was sad to see it go.
But, it turns out, “Luck” is living on in an usual (and unofficial) form — John Perrotta, the show’s producer/story editor and a racing industry pro, is writing a teleplay-style blog for the website America’s Best Racing that tells “an imagined racetrack-based story, an ongoing saga, which includes some of the characters depicted in the ill-fated ‘Luck’ series.”
Instead of Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, Nick Nolte, Jill Hennessy and company, you’ll have to make do with accompanying illustrations from Jen Ferguson, but despite the careful wording of ABR’s description, the characters are all there, and this does serve as a kind of continuing of the story, at least as imagined by one of the people who worked on it (who isn’t Milch).
Check out “Buy Low, Sell High,” the first installment of the aptly named “Out of Luck,” here.