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'Luck' Cancelled

After 3rd Horse Death

3/14/2012 4:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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4:30 PM PT:  The crew was assembled for a meeting where they were just told the show is cancelled.  They are pissed because production was supposed to last another 8 months and they were just told they will not be getting any severance.

4:20 PM PT
: We've just spoken with on-set sources, who tell us the crew has not been told their show was cancelled.  They're learning it from TMZ.

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HBO
has cancelled "Luck" after the latest horse death.

As TMZ reported, yesterday a third horse died during production of the show, and HBO just made the drastic decision to lower the boom.

HBO released a statement that reads in part, "While we maintained the highest safety standards possible, accidents unfortunately happen and it is impossible to guarantee they won't in the future."

The statement goes on ... "We maintained the highest safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any protocols existing in horse racing anywhere with many fewer incidents than occur in racing or than befall horses normally in barns at night or pastures."

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Boo    

Good, why didn't they do something different after the first death? There are many movies and shows using horses. When they do war movies, the horses aren't really shot, stabbed and blown up, it's called special effects. Not to mention all the stock video they already have.

900 days ago
17.

Kiko    

I tried to get a gig on that production and was so bummed when I didn't get it. Now all those poor crew people are screwed.

900 days ago
18.

Jj    

Third times a charm.

900 days ago
19.

Jim    

So what if they cancelled the show? They (HBO) STILL needs to be INVESTIGATED for what has taken place with THREE dead animals. Something is very, very wrong.

900 days ago
20.

parlayer    

Bad, Bad, Bad three times luck. I think abuse, repeated deaths isn't doing something right.

900 days ago
21.

Chris    

Wow! 3 animals die and now all of those people are out of work. It's a shame that people put animals on a higher pedestal than their fellow man.

900 days ago
22.

Diane    

I have never seen the show, but THREE dead horses speaks
volumes!!! Something is obviously wrong that THREE
animals had to die, for entertainment? What is next?
Where DO we draw the line? Thank you for cancelling!

900 days ago
23.

Bud    

I wonder if the show would have been cancelled if humans got hurt????

900 days ago
24.

Sonja    

I am also against horse racing but to say that more horses are injured or killed in the horse race business has no bearing on what went on here. No horse owner is going to just sit by while three of their animals die in accidents while being handled by the same 'crew'...There were people assigned to work with and keep the horses safe during production and they failed to do so.. three times. I dare any of you to go to work and fail miserably three times costing your employer thousands of dollars and then come let us know if you still have a job. Glad the show was shut down but it sounds like a cop-out to me.. "let's cancel now because and investigation and animal endangerment/neglect/abuse charges will be more costly."

900 days ago
25.

Ithan F    

The show was very well written and authentic, unfortunately hores die in the sport of racing. HBO was showing an insightful and revealing story of horse racing and the pitfalls that go with it. Censorship is a bad way of doing business, it makes our country soft. I enjoyed the show and will miss it.

900 days ago
26.

brian     

Well nice to see the libs are cutting hundreds of jobs of American workers. I am for the well treatment of animals, but come on. Find out the problem and fix it not take the food out of some families mouths!!

900 days ago
27.

Kari    

Three dead horses in a very brief period says they did not maintain the proper safety standards.

900 days ago
28.

Rumples Dilznik    

Whatever! There will always be horse injuries and deaths on and off the race track. Let's face it, the show was unbearably slow and boring. HBO just found a great way to pull the plug. Michael Mann has his moments (some, not a whole lot), but 'Luck' just wasn't it.

900 days ago
29.

CouldCare Less    

why do 3 dead horses have to spoil it for the rest of us?

900 days ago
30.

The Neko Nation    

Show was good but the irresponsibility cost them.

900 days ago
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