HBO series “Luck” has been cancelled after another horse, which was being used in the series, died during the production of the show.
Even though famous HBO series “Luck” was doing very good in terms of viewership, the show was not faring well amongst animal supporters and animal rights groups. The show was under mass criticism from these groups for the use of horses.
The latest horse death took place off-set in the stables area of the location, but the blame for the death is being put on the show. The decision to not proceed with the remainder of “Luck” was made in conjunction with the producers of the show, David Milch and Michael Mann.
The statement released by 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.”
“Luck” starred Dustin Hoffman, and was in the middle of production of the second episode of season two. The first episode of season two will not air. Season one will finish as scheduled.