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, EW.com 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?