HBO’s series “Luck” has only been around for one season, but has already been surrounded by outrage from animal advocates. Last month, two horses suffered severe injures on the set of the horse racing show and were euthanized. PETA, which protested the series prior to production, launched an investigation. Today brought news of the death of a third horse, who fell backwards and suffered a broken neck.
The American Humane Association demanded that all filming with the horses be stopped until their investigation into the third death was completed, but HBO has now announced the end of the series. According to the Los Angeles Times, the network has decided to cancel “Luck”.
“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,’” HBO said. “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 show starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte had already been picked up for another season, and yesterday’s filming was going to be part of season 2. HBO says that the remaining episodes of the first season will air as planned, but all further production has stopped.