Luck Canceled Over Horse Deaths
Producers pull plug because they can't guarantee animal safety
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2012 11:35 PM CDT
Updated Mar 15, 2012 1:00 AM CDT
Nick Nolte appears in a scene from the HBO original series "Luck." HBO has cancelled the series.   (AP Photo/HBO, Gusmano Cesaretti)

(Newser) – The death of a third horse turned out to be unlucky for HBO's racing series Luck. Producers have decided to cancel the show. Officials said "with heartbreak" that they're ceasing "all future production," reports the BBC. While we "maintained the highest safety standards possible, accidents unfortunately happen, and it is impossible to guarantee they won't in the future," said an HBO statement. "Accordingly, we have reached this difficult decision." Two horses were put down after suffering injuries in racing scenes during filming of the show's first season last year. A third was killed this week when the animal reared up and fell, striking its head, as it was being led back to its stall. The series examined the seedier side of racing, and featured Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte.

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Mar 15, 2012 11:20 AM CDT
Fuck it. Bring back Deadwood!
Mar 15, 2012 11:05 AM CDT
NOOOO!!! I was just getting into it!! God damn it! Stupid horses...
Mar 15, 2012 8:15 AM CDT
It's a bit sad that they had to cancel this show, as it sounded interesting, but if they can't figure out how to keep the horses safe, then it's definitely a sign that it was just not meant to be. Although I gotta admit, this last accident sounds less like negligence? It sounds like the horse just panicked, but perhaps it was because of poor handling (although let's face it, some horses are just spazes, and thoroughbreds are DEFINITELY often under that category).