Hi Bryan Here….

The Season Finale of HBO’s ‘Luck’ airs at the end of March, but don’t fret, for HBO has already renewed ‘Luck’ for a second season due to very high ratings.  It’s great to see Dustin Hoffman on HBO.  I think his character Ace, is brilliant.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see him nominated for some awards in upcoming future awards shows.

Episode #6

Debut:  SUNDAY, MARCH 4 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates:  March 4 (11:00 p.m.), 6 (11:00 p.m.), 7 (10:00 p.m.) and 10 (11:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates:  March 5 (10:00 p.m.), 8 (11:00 p.m.), 9 (9:00 p.m.), 11 (4:05 p.m.), 22 (9:00 p.m.) and 25 (1:50 p.m.)

As Ace (Dustin Hoffman) pitches his deal to buy a piece of the racetrack, Israel (Patrick J. Adams) visits Smythe (Michael Gambon), DiRossi (Alan Rosenberg) and Cohen (Ted Levine) onboard Smythe’s yacht, where he’s offered a “second salary” as an informant.  An earthquake spooks many of the horses at Santa Anita, but Escalante (John Ortiz) decides to go ahead and race Mon Gateau.  He and the Degenerates end up sweating the outcome when Leon (Tom Payne) bumps another horse in the stretch, triggering an official review.  Rosie (Kerry Condon) endures her own missteps in her race with Gettin’Up Morning, vexing Walter (Nick Nolte) and inviting fresh scrutiny of the old trainer and his prized horse.  Joey (Richard Kind) reaps an unlikely dividend from a near-death experience, while Jo (Jill Hennessy) ponders an uncertain future with Escalante.  Written by Robin Shushan; directed by Henry Bronchtein.

       Episode #7

Debut:  SUNDAY, MARCH 11 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates:  March 11 (11:00 p.m.), 13 (11:00 p.m.), 14 (10:00 p.m.) and 17 (12:30 a.m. ET, 11:30 p.m. PT)

HBO2 playdates:  March 12 (10:00 p.m.), 15 (11:00 p.m.), 16 (9:00 p.m.), 18 (3:30 p.m.), 22 (10:00 p.m.) and 25 (2:45 p.m.)

While Ace tours a prison outreach horse retirement farm with Claire (Joan Allen), Israel tries to convince Smythe that his boss is on the level.  Jerry and his erstwhile card dealer, Naomi (Weronika Rosati), try to win their way into a poker tournament.  Lonnie (Ian Hart) decides to “go it alone” by putting in a claim for another horse, a filly named Niagara’s Fall.  Walter meets with Hartstone (Bruce Davison), a lawyer, to defend his ownership of Gettin’Up Morning, and has to make a decision about which jockey will ride him next.  Rosie asks Joey to be her advocate; Ronnie (Gary Stevens) attends AA in an attempt to get his life, and career, back on track. Written by Amanda Ferguson; directed by Brian Kirk.

      Episode #8

Debut:  SUNDAY, MARCH 18 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates:  March 18 (11:00 p.m.), 20 (11:00 p.m.), 21 (10:00 p.m.) and 24 (12:45 a.m. ET, 11:55 p.m. PT)

HBO2 playdates:  March 19 (10:00 p.m.), 22 (11:00 p.m.), 23 (9:00 p.m.) and 25 (3:40 p.m.)

Ace ices out Smythe, DiRossi and Cohen as partners in the racetrack deal, but Smythe has other ideas.  Weathering the ownership claim, Walter enters Gettin’Up Morning in the $1 million Western Derby – head-to-head against Ace and Gus’ (Dennis Farina) Pint of Plain.  Unable to make weight, Leon loses his mount; Joey comes through for Rosie; a stable accident jeopardizes Jo’s pregnancy. Written by John R. Perrotta & Jay Hovdey; directed by Allen Coulter.

Episode #9 (season finale)

Debut:  SUNDAY, MARCH 25 (9:00-10:10 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates:  March 25 (11:10 p.m.), 27 (11:00 p.m.), 28 (10:00 p.m.) and 31 (10:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates:  March 26 (9:45 p.m.), 29 (9:30 p.m., 1:30 a.m.) and 30 (9:30 p.m.)

Gus takes extraordinary precautions to protect his boss.  As Jerry (Jason Gedrick) maps out a strategy for another big score, Escalante preps his race-day horses while keeping an anxious ear out for news about Jo, who’s still in the hospital.  Renzo welcomes his mother to town.  Mon Gateau runs his biggest race yet.  Later, Ace and Gus join an expectant crowd for the epic showdown between the two stars of Santa Anita, Ace and Gus’ Pint of Plain and Walter’s Gettin’Up Morning.  Written by Eric Roth; directed by Mimi Leder.

By Bryan Kluger

Former husky model, real-life Comic Book Guy, genre-bending screenwriter, nude filmmaker, hairy podcaster, pro-wrestling idiot-savant, who has a penchant for solving Rubik's Cubes and rolling candy cigarettes on unreleased bootlegs of Frank Zappa records.

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