Few argued the creative genius of television writer, series creator and executive producer David Milch. As the co-creator of "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005) and "Deadwood" (HBO, 2004-06) - two series that plumed the depths of human fallibility in gritty, violent and often profane ways - Milch offered audiences a more complex depiction of the police procedural and the Western, while reaffirming the human spirit through the suffering and ultimate redemption of his characters. Milch's astute glimpses at the underbelly of human nature were informed by a troubled and often harrowing past, one colored by serious alcohol and gambling addictions. He mined much from his personal experiences for his next creation, the California surf culture drama "John from Cincinnati" (HBO, 2007). When that endeavor failed to generate the buzz enjoyed by "Deadwood," Milch returned to the drawing board, eventually returning with a long-gestating idea inspired by one of his life-long passions - thoroughbred horse racing. "Luck" (HBO, 2011-12), an ensemble drama starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, garnered acclaim and big ratings right out of the gate, but the deaths of three horses during production killed the show before it reached the first season finish line. An Emmy winner and the creator of several of television's most distinctive dramas, Milch brought an unglamorous, yet captivating world view to each of his projects.