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'Luck' Director

Blames TMZ for Killing Show

3/15/2012 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


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Director Michael Mann straight up LIED to the cast and crew of "Luck" yesterday ... insisting the reason the show got cancelled is because TMZ "unfairly spun" the story about a THIRD horse dying on set. 

Sorry Michael ... no spin here.  

Mann and producer David Milch addressed the staff right after HBO pulled the plug on the show yesterday ... and explained, "If you take a look at the media coverage that has been spun unfairly. If you saw the media coverage ... It's TMZ and everybody else."

Let's take a look at the facts ...

-- THREE horses died on their watch. No spin.
-- Horse #3 was euthanized on the set ... and production continued a few hours later
-- Publicist Karen Jones initially LIED to TMZ about the story ... in an effort to stall us from publishing.

Bottom line -- if the horses were alive, the show MIGHT still be on the air.

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91.

monte4amy    

It is a pity and a tragedy that three horses had to die before their time. The fact that they died making this unwatchable show makes it even worse, if that's possible. I was astounded when I read HBO was picking up a second season. I'm sure they are now glad to be rid of it.

764 days ago
92.

Lucy Mouse Head    

Well, I'm pretty sure they're using horses that already have one foot in the glue factory. I never watched the show nor did I plan to. The way viewers dropped off after the first episode leads me to believe HBO knew they had a stinker on their hands and this dead horses story gives them the cover to cancel it without insulting Hoffman/Mann too much

764 days ago
93.

Chuck    

1 horse was too many, great job TMZ. Animals don't have enough protection globally and the Trump pigs don't need to hunt elephants try feeding the poor with their money instead of their ammo.

764 days ago
94.

Someone's goldfish    

This show should be off the air. We applaud HBO.

Mister Ed
Pokey
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Black Beauty
Seabiscuit

764 days ago
95.

saynotolies    

How can this director, (whom I've never heard of) lay fault with TMZ or anyone else for that matter... It's ALL on him!! Obviously that set was not safe for animals...Where was animal control? I would think after the FIRST horse dying, they would have made measures that it wouldn't happen again... Wow, what a guy!!! He was so concerned about finishing and making money. He should have had concerns over these horses dying...If he had, he might still have a show!! Just goes to show what type of character this guy really is!! A big ****in Arsehole!! Another thing...what's that say about the entire cast and crew? Nobody spoke up!!!!!

764 days ago
96.

jason    

I can understand 1 horse keeling over maybe even 2. But 3?? What the heck was going on there? And I Like how the bastards tried to pin the blame on TMZ. What losers!

764 days ago
97.

bunny    

They want to blame the media when they lost basically one horse per episode (I know there was 4 episodes, but you get the idea). So how many episodes was to air, 12? Yeah, killing 12 horses sounds fair. Get over it exec's and take care of the horses or better yet, find a new job.

764 days ago
98.

dugan49    

Lot of ignorance here.
Race horses, which are the type of horse used in this show about horse racing, get injured all the time and sometimes are injured to the point where they need to be euthanized. There is nothing particularly unusual about it.Just google information on how many thoroughbred races horses die every year.

Michael Mann is right that his show was ruined by negative spin, but he should have considered in the beginning that horses could be injured or die and taken that into consideration with his pr.

764 days ago
99.

tiff    

It's more than a little disingenuous for TMZ, a website that is A-OK with publishing the 911 phone calls of distraught people at their most heart-wrenching moment to be assuming an air of moral superiority because "a moment of silence" was never observed for a dead horse. You folks have no more genuine concern for the horses than you do for the crew of this show who are all now out of work at least in part because of the shrill coverage you gave this legitimately sad event. Live horses don't get TMZ the hits so bring on the dead ones. There are many people whose concern and advocacy of animal rights is admirable but Harvey and Co.? Not so much.

764 days ago
100.

ok    

No one should feel sorry for any of the crew members on this show. I worked on the show one time as an extra - and it was one of the most poorly run sets I have ever worked on. There were a bunch of young crew members with bad attitudes who were fooling around and acting like they were kings because they were working on an HBO show. They really make HBO look bad - because all of the other HBO shows are very professionally run - and this one stood out like a sore thumb as a show I never would go back to again.

764 days ago
101.

Anne    

Horses excite/spook very easily, on a set, at the track or in our backyards. Unfortunately rearing can sometimes be fatal to the horse. Track vets, grooms, jocs, trainers and farriers are the best in the field and put their hearts and souls into the care of theses animals some 24/7.

764 days ago
102.

I am Spartacus    

Michael Mann is right, even with their response TMZ is trying to spin this simply in the way they mention, 3 horses died and one was euthanized on set. Horses die everyday. Even PETA said they weren't doing anything wrong to it but if you go by the TMZ stories they try to make it out like the "Luck" people are running these horses into the ground and beating them on the side when they aren't shooting.

764 days ago
103.

Debra A Smith    

I absolutely hate the power of the 'media' if thats what TMZ is called these days,,, they are horses!! people!!! animals!!!!!!! why not get on your high horses (pun intended) about the abuse of HUMAN EFFING BEINGS!!!!! real people and their means of making a living depended on this series! wow! can't believe this happened! it was a great show!!!!

764 days ago
104.

sashas mommie     

HARVEY AND TMZ YOUR HEROS . THE FACT THAT 1 HORSE LOST ITS LIFE THE SHOW SHOULD HAVE BEEN CANCEL . ALL I CAN SAY IS DUMBASS PEOPLE AND THEY GREED , FREAKIN SICK . HARVEY YOU ROCK IF THIS IS TRUE . PEOPLE NEED TO STCK UP FOR ANIMALS AND NOT GREEDY PEOPLE !!!!

764 days ago
105.

I am Spartacus    

TMZ acting like they are morally superior while they're on the Kardashian/Lohan payroll... what a joke

764 days ago
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