HBO Officially Out Of Luck


Just the other day I wrote this article about the third horse death on the set of the Dustin Hoffman starring HBO series Luck, now it seems that the show's own luck has finally run out.

After a forced production stoppage by on-set reps for the American Humane Association, and a round of bad publicity from animal rights groups, reports that HBO has now elected to cancel the show entirely. Production on a second season of 10 episodes had just recently commenced, but has now been halted immediately. The cable giant released the following statement in regards to their decision to pull the plug: "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."

Producers Mann & Milch also had this to say: "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." Losing the show isn't that big a hit to the network, as while critically praised, the show achieved pretty average ratings numbers. Despite the controversy, the two episodes that were shot for the new season will still see air on HBO in the future.

Do you agree with this move? Or should Luck have been allowed to finish it's race?

- Luck

Written by: msd85
Mar 15th, 2012, 12:08 pm


Message Posted On Mar 21st, 2012, 8:59 am
Instead of cancelling they should have made some re-writes to the scripts and focused less on the actual race and more on the stories that took place away from the race track. Such a shame it had to be cancelled, it was an excellent show.

Message Posted On Mar 21st, 2012, 8:18 am
I don't Itshould have beencanceled due to the only makes it more true to thenature of the sport.I would guess these types of accidents happen on the track in real life. I thought the series was great. Great acting, good plot, great cinematography. You didn't know for sure what was going to happen - didn't treat u like a 13 year old. The eplot developed overtime. I don't know anyting about horse racing, so u have to guess what is going on when they speeak the trade talk but that's part of the experience. One ofthe reasons I kept the HBO Subscription going was I was hooked on this one after the third episode. This one would havenrena winner for HBO iftheyhad stuck with it. Another intelligent series bites the dust.

Level 5 (94%)
Points: 32.4
Since: 11/Apr/06
Message Posted On Mar 19th, 2012, 8:54 am

We as humans only pretend to care about a certain "special" group of animals only when it doesn't actually have an impact on our lives. It is a bunch of hypocritical nonsense. Animals didn't choose to be in a tv series, but they sure didn't choose to be slaughtered and eaten either. We don't cancel tv series because the actors in it eat hamburgers on set so why should we do it because some horses died while filming?


Message Posted On Mar 18th, 2012, 8:52 pm

Level 2 (67%)
Since: 24/Feb/12
Message Posted On Mar 16th, 2012, 4:27 am

"Anonymous" is missing the big picture here. What shocked me the most about the situation with 3 horses needing to be euthanized was the fact that Season 1 was all of 9 episodes? Season 2 was planned to be 10? There's no way they completed all the episodes for the second season. So, 3 horses were hurt badly enough to be euthanized shooting this show that has the total number of episodes as a half-season or less per season? Say 19 episodes had been completed and 3 needed to be euthanized. No one finds that very disturbing that for every 3rd episode a horse was injured and killed?

I honestly didn't have an opinion of the show so I didn't care if it survived or not but the fact that obviously something was wrong and horses were being needlessly harmed which required them to be "humanely" killed is a serious serious problem and I'm glad to see production halted. From there, how exactly could they continue especially with the bad PR that will ensue. HBO likely simply cancelled the show altogether so they can do damage control and move on.


Humans get paid in cash and humans know what they are getting into. A horse being used as a prop/acting animal and then being harmed is simply unacceptable and "Anonymous" is complely clueless in even beginning to try to compare an actor or a paid jockey to a horse. There's nothing about being an animal fanatic and finding the situation messed up. It's about logic and common sense.


Message Posted On Mar 15th, 2012, 11:31 pm
This is one of the stupidest things I have heard of yet. Cancelling this show will not have any effect on the sport of horse racing, and while it's very regrettable that the participants of Horse racing have decided to run these fine animals at such a young age as to virtually guarantee that these accidents will continue to occur.. What makes this whole uproar idiotic is that I have yet to here anyone voice outrage or even concern for the HUMAN jockey's that all to often suffer serious injuries and deaths in this "Sport". Wake up Animal rights fanatics, people are dying here to! BTW: I thought the show was only mildly entertaining anyway.

Level 1 (14%)
Since: 14/Sep/11
Message Posted On Mar 15th, 2012, 10:24 pm
HELL NO!! Animals don't choose to be in TV series or film, so why should they suffer becauce of how much the excecutives love the cast and crew. LUCK should never had been let out of the stables.CAN IT
Related news

Aaron Sorkin's HBO Series Has A New Title?

Aaron Sorkin, the current king of scriptwriting, has been developing a new..

Liev Schreiber To Continue As HBO Sports Voice

Liev Schreiber doesn't need to fear anymore. Well, not that is was a great..

HBO Trailer for Veep Released

HBO has released a trailer for the new comedy Veep. This show features..
Discuss Luck