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'Luck' writer John Perrotta gives his favorite racetrack characters new life online

John Perrotta was a racetrack lifer when he got the call from David Milch in 2008 to come to California to join the writing staff for Luck. He’d represented jockeys and managed the stables owned by billionaire breeders for decades, so he was the perfect person to bring authenticity to the gritty drama that starred Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte. His Luck cohort Bill Barich recently wrote in an essay for Narrative Magazine that Milch liked to say that Perrotta “knows where the bodies are buried,” but that’s just a Milch-ian way of saying that his pal knows everything there is to know about the sport of thoroughbred racing, from the barns to the jockey club to the luxury boxes. And while Luck‘s demise was ugly, with HBO pulling the plug after one low-rated season and a cloud of bad publicity surrounding the deaths of three horses, Perrotta and the show’s small but dedicated following still aren’t ready to say goodbye to the colorful collection of characters that roamed Santa Anita for just nine episodes.

Last week, Perrotta posted “Out of Luck … Buy Low, Sell High” on America’s Best Racing website, resurrecting the show’s characters and picking up their stories several months after the season 1 finale. Ace’s prize pony ran in the Kentucky Derby; Walter Smith kept his colt out of the big race, perhaps to steer clear of harsh questions into his mysterious past; and Jerry headed to Las Vegas to compete in the World Series of Poker. Perrotta calls it fan-fiction, nothing more, but for followers of the show and people who saw something poetic in the lives of the people and horses that collide at the track, it’s both exciting and bittersweet to meet these characters again.

Perrotta, who’s now the agent for Hall of Fame jockey and Luck star Gary Stevens, spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his plans for his blog — a second “episode” debuts later today — and how he’s still mourning Luck‘s cancellation.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Reading your first blog post — your first episode, I should say — I realized how much I missed these characters, especially those Degenerate gambles. Was it cathartic to revisit them, after what happened with the show, or painful?
JOHN PERROTTA: I loved them all so much, and they are real people to me. The jockey agent and the jockeys and the Degenerate gamblers were all people that I’ve lived most of my life with. The trainers, especially. I’ve known those guys. I was surprised at the reaction [the blog post] got, but in retrospect I’m not surprised now because as the characters are real to me, then when you read more about them, you don’t need to see it. You can imagine it. So when I talk about Goose or Marcus and those guys, you can put a face on them. READ FULL STORY

Last Call! Turn the Emmy-snubbed into EWwy winners by voting in all 10 categories here!

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Voting for EW’s 5th Annual EWwy Awards — honoring the shows, actors, and actresses readers believe deserved an Emmy nomination but didn’t receive one — ends Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. (Winners will be announced Friday.) For a deep dive into the nominees, click through the Comedy categories and the Drama categories. Or, cast your ballot now by voting in the 10 polls below.

And the Drama nominees are…

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EWwy Awards reminder: Voting ends Thursday!

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With tonight’s return of Sons of Anarchy, recipient of four nominations in EW’s 5th annual EWwys — a celebration of the Emmy-snubbed — it’s a good time to remind you that voting for the 2012 EWwys ends this Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced on Friday. View the drama nominees and vote here (there’s a poll after each category). Click here for the comedy nominees.

Read more:
Emmys: Snubs in Comedy? Vote to Make ‘em EWwy 2012 Winners!
Emmys: Snubs in Drama? Vote to Make ‘em EWwy 2012 Winners!
EWwy Awards: ‘An election we all can agree on,’ says Rob Lowe
EWwy Awards 2012: Which Supporting Actor is the tougher race?

EW's 5th Annual EWwy Awards for the Emmy-snubbed: Voting starts now!

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It’s September, which means it’s once again time for the EWwys, EW.com’s annual awards honoring the shows, actors, and actresses that should’ve been nominated for an Emmy but weren’t. This year’s nominees are a combination of those who made EW critic Ken Tucker’s Emmy wish list and those who readers felt were most grievously snubbed when the Emmy nominations were announced in July. Check out the nominees in the five EWwy Comedy categories and vote for your favorites hereClick through the nominees in the five EWwy Drama categories and cast your votes here. Polls will remain open through Sept. 13. Winners will be announced Sept. 14. There are trophies involved, to which two-time EWwy winner Courteney Cox can attest: READ FULL STORY

'GCB' gets reality knock-off, now let's turn the tables: Which reality show should go scripted?

Word came down the pipe today (via TMZ) that the producers behind the Gremlin-like Real Housewives franchise are seeking out good Christian… uh… ladies for a reality series based on ABC’s GCB. In the era of reality proliferation, it’s become a go-to to rip off the hard work of TV writers and reproduce their ideas cheaply by training the lens on a coterie of overindulged, under-restrained aspiring singers and actresses. Indeed, it’s exactly how Real Housewives was born: the small-screen version of Athena springing from the head of Zeus, only replace the goddess of wisdom with Vicki Gunvalson and Zeus with Teri Hatcher naked in a bush. But what about turning the tables? Wouldn’t it be exciting to see a reality show milked for all its dramatic potential in the scripted world? Below, I offer up a few suggestions, then you can chip in your own in the comments. READ FULL STORY

Sunday Night TV: Which show do YOU watch live? -- POLL

Sometimes, in life, we have tough decisions to make: Chocolate or vanilla? Peeta or Gale? Linsanity or Tebowing? Or, for TV junkies like us, live TV or DVR?

With the return of midseason TV, our DVRs have been brimming to capacity (yes, I see you, 98% full ticker), and it’s easy to struggle with deciding between competing timeslots. What to choose on Monday nights when How I Met Your Mother faces off against The Bachelor and Alcatraz? Why must I decide between Survivor, American Idol, and One Tree Hill on Wednesdays? I love them the same! READ FULL STORY

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