We’ve heard of shows being canceled due to difficult cast members, poor ratings, or a lack of a budget, but an abundance of deaths? That’s new.
That seems to be the case with HBO’s freshman show Luck, about the comings and goings of a horse track and its characters that surround it. The Dustin Hoffman-starring vehicle seems to have been the victim of too many horse deaths to continue on the network. Here’s the official message from HBO:
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.
So we sincerely hope you weren’t enjoying Luck too much, because you won’t be enjoying it for too much longer.