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HBO’s ‘Luck’ Cancelled After Third Horse Dies

HBO has cancelled their  horseracing series series ‘Luck’ starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, the network said. As previously reported, the show came under fire after the death of three horses.

The network released the following statement:

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.

The statement continues:

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.

The third horse died yesterday during production causing HBO to suspend filming of the show pending an investigation by the American Humane Association.

Two other horses were hurt during racing scenes and were euthanized during filming for season one  in 2010 and 2011. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals criticized HBO after the first horses died, saying that safety guidelines used in filming failed to prevent the deaths.

The HBO had ordered nine episodes of “Luck” for season one and 10 more for a second season.