January 31, 2012 at 22:14 #20894
"A TV series centered around characters who are tied to the same horse-racing track" according to IMDB. Looks stylish from the trailers with what seems to be passably credible racing action.
They’ve obviously chucked some money at this as Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte and Dennis Farina don’t come cheap. Onto the second series in the US apparently so must have been well received.
Also features Gary Stevens giving us an acting masterclass (Mick Fitz clearly unavailable)!
Sky keep plugging it as ‘starting soon’.
MikeJanuary 31, 2012 at 22:19 #389235Marginal ValueParticipant
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I thought Gary Stevens did a credible job portraying George Wolff in Seabiscuit, both on and off a horse. A class jockey throughout his career.February 1, 2012 at 00:36 #389243Miss WoodfordParticipant
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is this Sunday. Up against the Super Bowl, oh well.
I really really liked the pilot, and the series received superb reviews from most of the critics. Typical HBO drama, if you liked The Wire and The Sopranos, you’ll probably like this. It’s not racing a la Disney, though. None of the ugliness is cleaned up. If you want an advertisement for the sport this ain’t it. If you want a
(with some dramatic emphasis for TV of course) portrayal of the American racetrack, then you should watch Luck.
Gary Stevens is a good actor and excellent eye candy. Chantal Sutherland will be on future episodes, if you need another reason to watch .
It’s filmed on location at Santa Anita.
David Milch, besides creating NYPD Blue and Deadwood, is a racehorse owner himself. He owned champion 2yo colt Gilded Time. Jay Hovdey, long-time Daily Racing Form columnist and winner of 4 Eclipse Awards in Journalism, is one of the writers. As is Bill Barich, author of
Laughing in the Hills
.February 1, 2012 at 10:37 #389268
is this Sunday.
Yes, sorry IMDB are showing it split over 2011/2012 for some reason so I presumed there had already been a season.
MikeFebruary 1, 2012 at 11:49 #389280
Up against the Super Bowl, oh well.
P J O’Rourke once said the reason why American Football was so popular was that "it combined the two great staples of American life: war and committee meetings."
MikeFebruary 1, 2012 at 19:28 #389368cormack15Keymaster
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Been seeing the trailers for this too – looks really good.February 2, 2012 at 16:16 #389465AdrianParticipant
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Just received tweet back from RUK to say that they may be previewing it and they think it starts on 18th.February 2, 2012 at 19:32 #389507sberryMember
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Pilot episode was December, season 1 starts on the 5th, just because you can download them, don’t, because it’s illegal.February 2, 2012 at 20:09 #389515kgannonParticipant
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Truthfully, I was disappointed with the first episode. Loved the premise but a few things really bugged me. The final furlong sequences seemed staged (half the jockeys were standing in their irons), I couldn’t understand the conversations a lot of the time because of the heavy accents, and in a pivotal scene displaying the payout screen, the projected payout mysteriously increased by $2m from the last view of the payout screen. Minor grumblings I know but it appeared shoddy in my view.February 2, 2012 at 23:29 #389559Miss WoodfordParticipant
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Truthfully, I was disappointed with the first episode. Loved the premise but a few things really bugged me. The final furlong sequences seemed staged (half the jockeys were standing in their irons), I couldn’t understand the conversations a lot of the time because of the
, and in a pivotal scene displaying the payout screen, the projected payout mysteriously increased by $2m from the last view of the payout screen. Minor grumblings I know but it appeared shoddy in my view.
They’re pretty bland compared to most racetrackers. An American backstretch isn’t going to be all midwest news anchor accents. In real life (especially with the setting in Los Angeles) most of the grooms and riders wouldn’t even speak English.February 3, 2012 at 14:05 #389614Irish StampMember
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That’s misleading from what I’m told – most of the grooms and trainers want you to think they don’t speak English
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