When news broke yesterday that a third horse used in the production of the brand new HBO drama Luck died, that seemed to be the death knell for the show as well. Executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann as well as the cabler decided to cease all future production of the series that centered on Chester “Ace” Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman), a lifelong mobster just released from a three-year prison sentence who, along with his long-time friend and driver Gus (Dennis Farina) become the owner of a promising Irish racehorse.
In a statement from the powers that be, it was stated that “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“. Furthermore, “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“.
Meanwhile, Milch and Mann stated that “(we) 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“.
‘Luck’ was renewed for a second season after only a few episodes of the debut season aired on HBO, which was surprising because the show received some of the lowest ratings numbers possible, barely earning 500,000 viewers a week.
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