Gamblers’ Vigil – The Long Wait for David Milch’s ‘Luck’

Still smarting over the untimely demise of ‘Deadwood’, David Milch hits back, with ‘Luck’.

“After I do three years you suspect me? I take a fall protecting how many people… You got qualms? Three years!”

Like gamblers slouched against a rail tearing up losing slips, some TV viewers have been waiting for ‘Luck’ a long time. For many, the vigil stretches back to 2006, when ‘Deadwood’ was summarily cancelled. The lesser number of souls who found magic in the one season of ‘John From Cincinnati’ have been marking time since 2007. If you were a special kind of addict, you may even have experienced the rise and fall of hopes that accompanied reports of ‘Last of the Ninth’, a prospective series that was commissioned by HBO, but never got beyond the pilot stage. The substance to which this cohort of addicts is in thrall is the writing of David Milch.

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