Amidst threats of boycott from animal rights groups and animal lovers everywhere HBO has decided to cancel production on Luck following the death of a third horse on the series. The network just released the following statement:
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."
The show was filming the second of ten new episodes which had been ordered by HBO when for the third time in the shows history a horse died. HBO will still air the final two episodes but beyond that apparently the show is done.