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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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91.

End Horse Slaughter    

This happens at racetracks around the country almost everyday. The racing industry needs to go away. Don't support your local racetrack. They also overbreed these beautiful animals and that's why some are abandoned, shot and now Obama is considering opening USA slaughter plants for horses. They just means more innocent horses, (many young thouroughbreds who didn't win fast enough to be a Kentucky Derby champion) are slaughtered, inluding stolen family pets and ponies sold at auctions to a killbuyer. Even a Kentucky Derby USA champion Ferninand ended up slaughted to feed the overly wealthy Japanese. End horse slaughter and End the Horse Racing Industry

950 days ago
92.

End Horse Slaughter    

Support and donate to your local horse sanctuary and call your Senators and Representatives to pass the bills that would ban USA horses sent to Mexico and Canada and overseas for slaughter and stop the opening of slaughter plants in the USA.

950 days ago
93.

Billy    

Ehh, you know what, it's Dustin Hoffman and in my opinion he sucks donkey Dink. So I could give a carp if his show is canceled.

950 days ago
94.

Badjuju813    

Gee, I have owned horses for over 40 years and have never had any of my horses injure themselves in the barn at night or in pasture that resulted in their death. Guess I have had more "Luck" than HBO.

950 days ago
95.

Gia    

I hope the producers get fined. Get em ASPCA.. Killing horses is horrible...poor helpless animals.

950 days ago
96.

jayman419    

They could guarantee no more on-set accidents if they wanted to. I'm not sure why they didn't just use stock footage from the gate, so to speak.

There has to be literally millions of hours of horseracing, many of it never seen off the track. With a little bit of digital imagery manipulation they could have created almost any scene they wanted.

950 days ago
97.

freaksloan    

I bet Bill Maher was doing some sick sex acts with the horses. Bill Maher killed those horses.

950 days ago
98.

ronnie    

accidents are part of life what a bonehead move by hbo.

950 days ago
99.

Sue    

Good! I watched the show and it was good but when animals start to die ..time to shut it down!

950 days ago
100.

End Horse Slaughter    

This happens at racetracks around the country almost everyday. The racing industry needs to go away. Don't support your local racetrack. They also overbreed these beautiful animals and that's why some are abandoned, shot and now Obama is considering opening USA slaughter plants for horses. They just means more innocent horses, (many young thouroughbreds who didn't win fast enough to be a Kentucky Derby champion) are slaughtered, inluding stolen family pets sold at auctions to a killbuyer. End horse slaughter and End the Horse Racing Industry

950 days ago
101.

Rita    

Bring back Bored to Death, HBO. No animals die in the making of that show! And it's entertaining. More than Enlighten can say.

950 days ago
102.

mark    

i guess they cant put the disclaimer 'no animals were hurt during filming'

950 days ago
103.

robert    

shame the production company was too incompetent to look after the horses

950 days ago
104.

anony    

I watched the first episode of this show. It was SO boring I never watched it again.

950 days ago
105.

Richard Whitcomb    

I liked the show, but I did have a concern as to the treatment of the horses. Good for HBO taking this action, but on the other hand how can they justify keeping that waste of oxygen Bill Maher polluting they air ways. Maher is a mucj greater danger to the morons who watch him

950 days ago
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