Posted by: ckckred | March 14, 2012

What? HBO cancels Luck

The horse racing drama got canceled due to some recent horses' deaths

It’s a sad day, as perhaps the best new TV show of the season, Luck, gets canceled.  Now before you can blame HBO (they did say they renewed Luck for a second season), they canceled the show after three horses died in production.

I don’t exactly blame HBO for this decision, at least not completely.  A bunch of animal humane centers criticized the show after the horses’ deaths, and the network probably doesn’t want that controversy.  Besides, the show averaged only 500,000, which isn’t too great compared to Boardwalk Empire or Game of Thrones.

Still, I’m pretty annoyed.  How could TV ignore such a fine product delivered from Michael Mann and David Milch, with a fine cast with Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte?  And really, it seems almost criminal that shows such as Boss and American Horror Story can get award attention (Kelsey Grammar undeservingly won at the Golden Globes and so did Jessica Lange), but Luck may be out of the Emmy race due to its cancellation (but then again, it’s the Emmys).

HBO announced this, stating “It is with heartbreak that executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann together with HBO have decided to cease all future production on the seriesLuck. 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.”

Mann and Milch said “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.”



  1. Having done three pieces for my blog on this show – I am mightily disappointed. I understand the HBO decision in that they didn’t want to be perceived in that light.

    I wonder how come there’s no cry for the banning of real horse racing. Does it come down to the question of money. I’ve see more than a few horses hurt while racing in my life – but I don’t recall any organization raising a hue and cry about. it. I won’t bet on that – but it is worth considering.

    When a NASCAR Driver is killed on the track, or there’s a multi-vehicle accident during the Indy Five Hundred – should those races be banned from TV?

    Of course no one calls for the end of fishing and hunting either.

    So yeah – I guess it is back to Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Can you imagine how fictional victims there were in Lord of the Rings. Or Game of Thrones?

    Just wondering…

    • Luck is a great show, but I don’t blame HBO for its cancellation. I understand they were pressured by PETA.

      As for real horse racing, I don’t know if anyone has complained considerably about. And Nascar really is a pointless sport (really, what’s so exciting about a bunch of people driving in cars and wasting gas).

      But anyway, Mad Men‘s returning soon so that makes me happier.

  2. Reblogged this on Espacio de MANON.

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