This launches on January 29th, but the pilot was previewed Sunday night, post-Boardwalk Empire. Probably best to avoid spoilers, but Mann directed the shit out of it, and it's one of Milch's most challenging pieces of writing to date. So much so, in fact, I'm worried folks will be turned off by it. Possible neither Mann or Milch's paramount concern is the viewer understanding exactly what is happening in a scene the first time they see it. Shades of Voight in Heat at times -- which is definitely a good thing. And Hoffman bringing his "A"-game? Holy crap. It was damn exciting seeing Hoffman act like that -- to really be bringing so much to it. With the suit, white shirt, and slicked-back hair, he almost reminded me of Cruise in Collateral. Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, Nick Nolte. Michael Gambon, Joan Allen, Ted Levine, Kevin Dunn. Actors from both the stables of Milch and Mann. Can't beat it.