Luck

From acclaimed director Michael Mann and Deadwood creator David Milch, HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) presents the nine-episode season of HBO’s anticipated new one-hour drama series, Luck.

Starring Oscar® winner Dustin Hoffman and Oscar® nominee Nick Nolte, Luck is a behind-the-track look at the world of horse racing – the owners, trainers, jockeys and gamblers – and debuts Sunday, January 29 at 9:00 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada, day-and-date with HBO in the US.

As the series opens, Chester “Ace” Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) is released from three years in federal prison. He’s met by his driver and bodyguard, Gus Demitriou (Dennis Farina), who fronts as the owner of the $2 million Irish Horse that Ace just bought. A brilliant but disreputable trainer, the Peruvian Turo Escalante (John Ortiz), introduces us to their prized Irish thoroughbred, who is being examined by his girlfriend, track veterinarian Jo (Jill Hennessy).

Meanwhile, veteran trainer-turned-owner Walter Smith (Nick Nolte) contains his optimism pinned on his promising “Big Horse,” and four degenerate gamblers, Marcus (Kevin Dunn), Renzo (Ritchie Coster), Jerry (Jason Gedrick), and Lonnie (Ian Hart), are pooling their meager resources to bet Jerry’s hunch on the day’s long shot, a high-stakes Pick Six winners contest.

Luck also stars Richard Kind as jockey agent Joey Rathburn; Tom Payne as a beginner jockey Leon, a.k.a. “Bug Boy”; Kerry Condon as Rosie, an exercise girl with jockey ambitions; and real-life racing Hall of Famer Gary Stevens as Ronnie Jenkins, a talented but boozy veteran jockey. Continuing guest stars on the series include Patrick J. Adams, Joan Allen, W. Earl Brown, Bruce Davison, Spencer Garrett, Barry Shabaka Henley, Ted Levine, Jurgen Prochnow, Alan Rosenberg, Mercedes Ruehl, Chantal Sutherland and Sir Michael Gambon.

In Eastern Canada, all Luck episodes will be available in High Definition and on demand, and on HBO Canada OnLine with Bell TV Online , Rogers On Demand Online and Videotron’s Illico Web. In Western Canada, Luck will be available in High Definition on HBO Canada HD, and on demand and online with HBO Canada On Demand where available through participating broadcasters.

Kick off 2012 in style with an updated premium line-up from HBO Canada , a multiplex channel of Astral ‘s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment ‘s Movie Central (Western Canada).

With programming available in High Definition, on demand and on line, subscribers have exclusive access to the latest buzz-worthy series and documentaries from HBO, and all-new Canadian programming and specials, where they want and when they want.

Additional information about HBO Canada’s January programming is outlined below. All HBO programming premieres day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.:

 

Angry Boys (New Series, HBO)

Episodes 1 & 2 premiere back-to-back Sunday, January 1 at 10 p.m. ET/MT 

Created by and starring Australian comedian/actor/writer Chris Lilley ( Summer Heights High ), who plays all the characters featured in the series, this 12-part comedy picks up where Lilly left off with the story of two teens first seen in We Can Be Heroes : 17-year-old identical twins Daniel and Nathan Sims. Angry Boys also introduces four new characters: Blake Oakfield, a former surfing world champion who’s currently resting on his laurels; S.mouse, an African-American rapper whose suburban upbringing belies his hard-edged image; Jen Okazaki, a Japanese mother intent on turning her son into a skateboarding legend; and Ruth ‘Gran’ Sims, an unorthodox prison officer at a boy’s detention center.

 

Crimson Petal and the White (Original Miniseries)

Parts One and Two premiere Saturday, January 7 beginning at 9 p.m. ET/MT

Parts Three and Four premiere Saturday, January 14 beginning at 9 p.m. ET/MT

This Canada/UK co-production is a one-hour, four-part dramatic adaptation of Michael Faber’s international best-selling novel. Set in 1870’s London, the psychological thriller focuses on the tale of a young prostitute, Sugar, who finds her only comfort in the secret novel she is writing, in which a murderous whore gleefully enacts revenge on her clients. When she meets William Rackham, a prominent businessman who falls for her charms, they embark on a relationship with dangerous consequences. Starring Romola Garai, Chris O’Dowd, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Hale and Mark Gatiss.

 

Less Than Kind , Season 3 (Original Series)

Premieres Sunday, January 15 at 8 p.m. ET/MT

Kicking off with a three back-to-back episodes, Season 3 of Less Than Kind begins with the loss of patriarch Sam Blecher, an event that leaves the family reeling as they struggle forward in a world without him. As the new season unfolds, Sheldon must wade through the confusing currents of loss, which ultimately land him in the clutches of his high school wrestling team; Anne struggles with her new life as a widow and the future of the imperilled family driving school; Josh creates a new opportunity when he starts an acting school even as his stormy relationship with Shandra finally implodes; and Aunt Clara stumbles badly when she is sucked back into the orbit of her toxic ex-husband. Starring Jesse Camacho, Wendel Meldrum, Benjamin Arthur and Nancy Sorel.

 

On Freddie Roach (Sports Documentary Series, HBO)

Premieres Friday, January 20 at 9:30 p.m. ET/MT

From Executive Producers Peter Berg, Jim Lampley, Sarah Aubrey and Michael Price, this six-part cinéma-vérité style series focuses on Freddie Roach, the world-famous boxing trainer who owns and operates the famed Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, where he has produced a host of world champions. This intensely personal look at Roach chronicles his life and career against the backdrop of Parkinson’s disease, an ailment very likely linked to his own boxing past.

 

Luck (New Series, HBO)

Premieres Sunday, January 29 at 9 p.m. ET/MT

**Special sneak peek of the first episode airs Sunday, December 11 at 10:00 p.m. ET/MT

From Michael Mann and Deadwood creator David Milch, Luck takes a provocative look at the world of horse racing – the owners, gamblers, jockeys and diverse gaming industry players. The series stars Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Richard Kind, Ian Hart, Kevin Dunn, Ritchie Coster, Jason Gedrick, Jill Hennessy, Tom Payne, Kerry Condon, Gary Stevens and Nick Nolte.

 

In This Life: Chantal Kreviazuk (Original Music Special)

Premieres Monday, January 30 at 6:45 p.m. ET/MT

This special television event weaves music and story for an intimate glimpse into celebrated Canadian songstress Chantal Kreviazuk’s life and career. Combining interviews, news footage and photos with an outdoor concert performance, the special takes audiences inside Kreviazuk’s musical, personal and professional journey. Filmed earlier this year at the Jackson Triggs Amphitheatre in Niagara wine country, the concert portion of the special will feature Chantal performing some of her most well-known hits including All I Can Do, 5000 Days, Feels Like Home, Time and Today.

 

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (Documentary, HBO)

Premiering in January 2012

In this long-awaited sequel to HBO’s 1996 Emmy® Award-winning documentaries Paradise Lost: The Child Murders of Robin Hood Hills and 2000’s Paradise Lost 2: Revelations, this feature-length documentary sheds new light on the controversial case that fueled a decades-long battle between two factions: those convinced that Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. were guilty of killing three Arkansas boys, and those who felt the “West Memphis Three” were wrongfully convicted. The documentary concludes with the blockbuster judgment in August 2011 that freed Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley when they entered “Alford” pleas – agreeing to plead guilty while asserting their innocence.

 

Real Time with Bill Maher , Season 10 (Talk/Comedy Series, HBO)

Premiering in January 2012

HBO’s acclaimed, award-winning talk/comedy series returns for Season 10 as Maher continues to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, interviews with in-studio and satellite guests, and the popular and hilarious weekly segment “New Rules.”