HBO To Cease Production On Luck After Three Horses Die
Posted on Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:13 PM PDT

luck_200.jpg LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - HBO has canceled horse-racing drama Luck after a third horse died during production.

The network issued a statement that read: "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."

Mere hours after, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) issued a response to the decision. "Knowing that old, unfit, and drugged horses were forced to race for this series, PETA is glad that HBO has finally decided to cancel the show. We thank the whistleblowers who refused to let these horses' deaths go unnoticed."

The show was filming its second season when HBO pulled the plug following pressure from PETA and other organizations.

"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," executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann said in a joint statement.