|Image from the pilot episode of HBO's Luck|
HBO has cancelled the new series Luck, not because of ratings, but due to three horse deaths that have occurred during production. HBO released this statement a little while ago:
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.
Quote from Michael Mann and David Milch: “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.”
The first two deaths happened while filming the first season of the series. The third accident happened as the show was filming it's second season at the famous Santa Anita Park. THR quotes a veterinarian from the California Horse Racing Board that the horse was on it's way back to the stall when she "reared, flipped over backwards, and struck her head on the ground." An attending vet decided that because of the injuries it would best to euthanize the horse.
Deciding to cancel Luck opens up a blank spot on HBO's schedule next season. There is no word yet about what will be done to fill that void.
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Source: HBO, THR