HBO Cancels ‘Luck’

Following the recent deaths of three horses during production, the executive producers of HBO’s Luck have announced the show’s cancellation. HBO issued the following press release:

“It is with heartbreak that executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann together with HBO have decided to cease all future production on the series LUCK.

“Safety is always of paramount concern.  We maintained the highest safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any protocols existing in horseracing anywhere with many fewer incidents than occur in racing or than befall horses normally in barns at night or pastures.  While we maintained the highest safety standards possible, accidents unfortunately happen and it is impossible to guarantee they won’t in the future.  Accordingly, we have reached this difficult decision.

“We are immensely proud of this series, the writing, the acting, the filmmaking, the celebration of the culture of horses, and everyone involved in its creation.”

Hollywood Reporter attributed the following quotation to producers Milch and Mann: “The two of us loved this series, loved the cast, crew and writers.  This has been a tremendous collaboration and one that we plan to continue in the future.”

According to an Associated Press article, two previous incidents occurred during filming in 2010 and 2011. The most recent incident occurred on Tuesday, March 13, and did not actually happen on set. “The animal was being led to a Santa Anita Park racetrack stable by a groom when it reared and fell back Tuesday morning, suffering a head injury, according to HBO. The horse was euthanized at the track in suburban Arcadia…”

The series had initially been renewed for a second season following its premiere episode. The rest of the current season’s episodes will still air, however.

This marks a continued string of trouble for David Milch. His hit show Deadwood was cancelled after its third season in 2006, his follow-up John From Cincinnati didn’t receive a second season, and an unaired pilot for a cop drama called Last of the Ninth was not picked up.

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