HBO is Really in Luck

... It's official: HBO is completely out of its slump. The pay cable network has upped the drama Luck to series—but given the show's cast and crew, it was a no-brainer. The series comes from the minds of David Milch (Deadwood) and Michael Mann (Heat) and takes a look at horse racing. Among the A-list cast are Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, and Nick Nolte. This is a show that's not to be missed. [HBO via press release]

... Yeah, Betty White is overexposed at the moment, but I'm okay with this casting. White will drop by the Season 2 premiere of Community as an anthropology professor. Let's hope Pierce gets a piece of that. Streets ahead, yo! [The Live Feed]

... Dolph Lundgren, who was once the topic of an argument I had with my brother over whether he was more famous than Lorenzo Lamas (he is), is coming to NBC's Chuck as a guest star for the Season 4 premiere. It's unclear what role Lundgren will play on the show, but I hope he punches Chuck in the face because that would be funny. [EW]

... True Blood added wolves to this season with its werewolf storyline, and now it looks like they're introducing another wild animal: panthers. The kitties will make their debut in mid-August. For those of you who've read the books, you know what this means. As for me, who didn't read the books but did read the following article, I got slam-banged with a major spoiler. Drats. [TV Guide (spoiler!)]

... My good friend Laura Vandervoort (okay I talked to her once at an event) is coming back to Smallville to reprise her role as Supergirl. Vandervoort is currently TV's hottest alien on V, but will come back to the long-running CW show for one episode during the final season. [EW]

... If you don't like sports, then's News Briefs with your host Tim Surette is now over. But if you do, then dig this: ABC has announced the latest roster of participants for Shaq Vs.. In the next season, Big Daddy Diesel Superman Socrates will partner up with Justin Bieber (whaaa?), have a cook-off with Rachael Ray, mess with Penn & Teller, chow down with hot-dog-eating champ Joey Chestnut, race Dale Earnhardt, Jr., run against Tyson Gay, golf with Charles Barkley, and box Sugar Shane Mosley. The next season debuts August 3. [Orlando Sentinel]

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