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HBO cancels Luck after third horse death


Story by Jack Foley

HBO has cancelled its horse-racing drama Luck after a third animal was injured and put down during production.

The series, which stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, was filming its second season when the incident happened, prompting the network to suspend filming with animals while an investigation was carried out.

But less than 24 hours after the situation came to light, and amid renewed criticism from PETA (which had called for the immediate suspension of the show), HBO decided to call a halt to the drama permanently.

A statement delivered by HBO said that “with heartbreak” it was ceasing “all future production” on Luck.

The statement read: “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.

“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.”

Luck starred Oscar-winner Hoffman as a crime kingpin who came out of prison determined to gain control of a racetrack and introduce casino gambling.

It debuted in the US in January to widespread critical acclaim and is due to complete its first season in the US on March 25. It is currently being shown in the UK on the Sky Atlantic channel on Saturday nights.

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