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HBO Cancels Luck Amid Controversy

By Jacob Klein on Mar 14, 2012 to Luck

Yesterday we reported that HBO has suspended filming of their new series: Luck.  Today we’ve recieved an email from HBO on the topic saying that they’ve decided to go ahead and cancel the entire series!  Here is the shocking email HBOWatch received just moments ago:

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. 

Quote from Michael Mann and David Milch:  “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.”

What a shame!  The series was just about to hit it’s stride!   We wish everyone the best of… well… damn.  What do you think, Luck fans?  Was this the right decision?  Do you think animal rights trump your right to watch Dustin Hoffman kick ass on HBO?  Or should HBO have cancelled the program after the first two deaths?  Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

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Just an opinion HBO! listen up
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Just an opinion HBO! listen up
Old topic, but one of the worst decisions HBO ever made, and I hope the person responsible for the cancelation decision was fired, even at the top!!!! Blaming the show for the tragedy was reckless at very least! They weren’t even filming when the loss of the Horse(s) took place! Fantastic writing and tremendous acting and smart story line! Horses die, unfortunately, every year during training and racing with no media outcry! If you’re against that then complain to the racing industry, not film makers! Nothing worse than an Entertainment Giant pay per view television company not having the guts… Read more »
UpIntoNothing
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CG the horses and finish the story!

Marcelle Miller
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Good ! Enough abusing animals for our entertainment.

ModernMan
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I never liked the show but the reason for cancelling it is stupid. While I think that animals deserve to not be mistreated, animals are either property or food. To elevate them to a place higher than that is to give the a place they do not deserve. Animals are not “people too”.

Judie Ann Johansson
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Sex and nudity is natural, killing animals is not. Get over yourselves you selfish Americans.

whenocsareooc
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It isn’t just Americans, you know. There’s no need to be a racist. I agree with you, killing animals is most unnatural, but singling out Americans is racist and horrible.

budd1
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Americans are not a race….

jerry
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total bull, this had the makings of another great hbo serries.the animal activists seem to always win, even when the most precautions are always taken. hopefully hbo will resume this great to be serries after they see the majority responce from the viewing public

Miguel
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I think if they already did the series they should play it. Should of thought about the consiquence before even making the series.

AL
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Wait and wait for the next season and what do you know, cancelled . Just like Deadwood , another f!!! Up ending a great series. It’s almost not worth getting into a new series when the plug can be pulled so suddenly. Even Sparticus continued after their loss. See ya HBO!

Paul Crisanti
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Another idea, go Spiderman-Style on it. Meaning CGI/SFX/Animate them. Will cost but no lives will be lost, well maybe a few coders, but there are no coder rights groups yet so it should be a safe way to go.

klarkus
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you dont understand the cost of cgi

donnyM
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Leave it to HBO to cancel the best shows just when they are getting good. All of these recent cancellations are a complete joke!! Luck.. Horse racing is everywhere in the world, what does that have to do with a TV show? My god people, get real!!! Since when does HBO give a shit what people think? And horses dying is no worse than the blatant nudity and sex shown on just about every HBO series… I personally don’t need it.. great shows don’t need it either. I have to constantly monitor my kids :// HBO you are really pissing… Read more »
john
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I am very disappointed that the show will not go on.
Luck was one of my my favorite shows to look forward to watching
besides boardwalk empire. Dustin Hoffman was Fantastic among the rest of the crew. I hope you guy reconsider bringing Luck back.

Kim
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Will miss the show immensely – great show.
I don’t believe the deaths where due to wrong dooing on HBOs side – just pure UNluck…

John Maclagan
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Really great and very interesting show, dustin hoffman was great. As to the death of horses while filming understandable yet here in the u.k we held the Grand National the greatest horse race on the planet, 2 horses died and yet i’ve heard nothing of next years grand national being cancelled. Such a shame was looking forward to season 2

marc guttman
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“…. Do you think animal rights trump your right to watch Dustin Hoffman kick ass on HBO? ….”

STUPID QUESTION ….don’t you think

vernard sloggett
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obviously it was a joke… don’t you think

jimi wood
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Am i the only person who is looking for some way to save “LUCK” show and bring itback on HBO or on some other network. I do not know how to create a “SAVE LUCK’ WEBSITE and organize the people like me who liked the show. Horses get hurt as babies on farms in Kentucky, Fl, Ca, etc just playing in the fields as they grow up, long before they ever see a racetrack. So PITA can keep its F%$#ing objections where they belong, in the trash. I will help anyone who responds. My e-mail is jalanwood@gmail.com….. THANKS

unklvictor
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I am sad this show was canceled……I have canceled my HBO subscription

heather s
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NO! I love this show! Please work something out to continue filming! Dont just leave us all hanging! There is always going to be some tree hugger or activist especially in California that has something negative to say. This is an awesome show with excellent acting. Cant believe this! Please try!

Use2Play
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Greetings, Seldom is there anything intelligent worth watching on TV. Mostly it’s dancing with someone, or singing something, or some lame reality series. Dustin Hoffman’s LUCK was the best series on TV in years. Brilliantly produced, written and directed. The story lines were interesting and the acting was superb. While I am not unsympathetic to the PET crowd, I can’t believe that HBO is unable to somehow continue the series with a safe environment for the horses. To cancel this series is a disservice to the TV audience. Please don’t consign us to reality TV, yet another set of doctor… Read more »
Jack Faber
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Great show & one of my favorites. Tell PETA to go live in a barn with all the other horse poop. They should spend more time worrying about our men& women in the middle-east.

Jason
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I am very unhappy with HBO’s decision to cancel the show. Statistics show that over 300 race horses die every year in CA alone, so perhaps we should cancel horse racing altogether. I saw the headlines about the third horse, but didn’t see any pressure from anywhere to end this show, no headlines from PETA or any other source, and HBO caves pre-emptively. The animal reared and fell back while on its way to a racetrack stable — a common occurrence in stable areas every year, according to a state racing board doctor. I felt this show really portrayed the… Read more »
vernard sloggett
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Im with the guy that said HBO was looking to get out of the show anyway. The pretext is unimportant. If statisticly the horses are as safe on the show as anywhere else then in reality there is no issue here.

Fan
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Even when a HUMAN dies it is still not acceptable to cancel a film or tv series.

Look at The Crow, Brandon Lee, or Dark Knight, Heath Ledger…

Just give me my damn film and tv and I don’t care what happens. I just hate it when it gets canceled.

I hate PETA.

Fan
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I don’t believe in animal rights, but i loved this show and it is a great shame to have ultra leftist PETA activists stand between me and my HBO dramas. It is unforgivable. I already hate PETA with a passion but now that they have killed my favorite show I hate them even more. I don’t believe in being cruel to animals, but I don’t see why a horse is any more important than a cow or a chicken or a tuna fish. They all wind up in dog food. I really hate HBO for being so knee jerk and… Read more »
Nancy
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I totally believe in animal rights, but I feel that Peta is off the wall in their activities and opinions. HBO only had these animals run 1/2 mile at a time, but the horses provided to them were old and arthritic, out of shape, hadn’t raced in years. They are victims. I don’t blame HBO for this, I blame the person who provided the horses and the vets who approved them.

Jonny
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A John From Cincinatti fan?! I did not get that show one bit, those were dark days for programming, I feel like its a renaissance of the glory days right now, besides their best new show being cancelled that is.

Fan
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I was also pissed off when Rubicon on AMC got canceled.

This HBO watch should change its perview to ‘cable drama watch’ and include all the other good dramas too.

HBO watch is too narrow.

Jonny
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I can take the unfortunate deaths of horses in service to the show. I only ever see the triple crown races once in a while and I’ve seen horses put down, I accept it as part of the “sport”. I disdain gambling but LOVE the show. I don’t see how HBO could tolerate it’s corporate name being associated with animal deaths. Art is the casualty to politics and business. My sympathies to the cast and crew, I’m sure this news hurts them far more than the fans. I saw David Milch on the Craig Ferguson show a few nights ago… Read more »
Dreamlife
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They should never have produced a series about horse racing, which is a sorry excuse for forcing animals to work beyond their limits (even to the point of injury and death) for the enjoyment and greed of the gamblers. I am glad they shut down the series, but shame on them for not doing it after the 1st death.

JakeRobles
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Horses die generally in horse racing anyway. I don’t believe Horses should have died for the sake of this show, but mistakes happen. I still wish they didn’t cancel it and figure out a creative way of keeping the horse racing aspect without doing it for real.

NanM
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I agree with you Jake. My boyfriend and I have really enjoyed the show especially now that it’s finally getting better. We too wish the show wasn’t cancelled and incorporated old race footage.

JakeRobles
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I’m glad someone agrees. I have a feeling they’ll let the controversy die down a bit and maybe bring it back later? They were in the middle of production of season 2

Jamie
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This

justthefacts
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What a shock, I really enjoy the show. Unfortunate for everyone involved.
I can’t comment on whether hbo’s decision was right or wrong. I don’t know enough about the situation or about horses in general to pass judgement.

I hope Michael Mann and David Milne follow up on their comment and continue with HBO

Miguel Ferreira
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The decision of cancel luck was wrong! “it’s easy, don’t let it go
it’s easy, don’t let it go
don’t loose it!

Paul Crisanti
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I don’t know what happened but I can’t believe the producers would knowingly put the animals at any greater risk than they would be in ‘reality’. I think Animals Rights People is getting a little too powerful for its own good. Of course it would be up to HBO and the producers to challenge this. But what a loss of a great production! Say, when was the last time a Production was cancelled for human rights? Again, I don’t know the details but I can’t believe they would endanger the animals (and god forbid the actors!) just to get ‘the… Read more »
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