‘Luck’ is out — series canceled by HBO after horse tragedy

It’s over.

Despite the show being renewed for a second season, “Luck” is not going to be living on any longer — that is at least according to a new statement by HBO.

This decision was made following the news that horse passed away while on the racetrack-themed show’s production set this week, and producers were coming under intense pressure by animal-rights organizations challenging that there was no way to ensure that future tragedies would not happen on a show where animals were a primary part of the series. (The show announced Tuesday that they were suspending all filming with horses, but are now going the extra mile.)

Here is the statement in full from the network:

“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. 

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