Pilot season: Michael Mann, David Milch team up at HBO

michael-mann-david-milch-32.jpg "Deadwood" and "John from Cincinnati" creator David Milch has another project lined up at HBO, this one set in the world of horse racing.

Milch's long-time friend Michael Mann ("Public Enemies," "Heat") is in talks to direct the pilot, called "Luck," the showbiz trade papers report. The show would focus on a character named Ace Bernstein, a well-known railbird at the track who's just finished a prison term for securities violations.

The pilot would be Mann's first TV project since "Robbery Homicide Division," the short-lived CBS series he executive produced in the 2002-03 season. He would also executive produce with Milch and Carolyn Strauss, the former head of HBO Entertainment.

Milch knows the horse-racing world well: He owned numerous thoroughbreds and won two Breeders' Cup races before selling his stock several years ago.

Other pilot news:

- FOX has greenlit a pilot called "Ridealong" from "The Shield" creator Shawn Ryan, the trades say. The show follows beat cops, detectives and the female chief of police in Chicago, with most of the action taking place in the field.

The pilot adds one more project onto Ryan's plate. He's also an executive producer of FOX's "Lie to Me," which is set to return sometime in the spring, and the new FX private-eye series "Terriers," due later this year.

- CBS has ordered a comedy called "True Love" from "Scrubs" and "Worst Week" veteran Matt Tarses, while ABC has given the go-ahead to projects starring Cedric the Entertainer and Carlos Mencia.

"True Love" revolves around four New Yorkers who are all in search of romance. The Cedric project will star the comedian as a retired athlete and radio host who takes in his son and granddaughter. Mencia will star in a family show that's based on his life and his comedy.

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Photo credits: WireImage (Mann), HBO (Milch)