HBO has decided to cancel its critically acclaimed series Luck, starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, after a third horse died during the filming of the show. While many are speculating (including PETA) that the care and management of horses have been "sloppy" at best, the show's producers have continually insisted that they have greater oversight for the care of their horses than any other show on TV and most race tracks.
No matter, because HBO released this statement:
"It is with heartbreak that executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann together with HBO have decided to cease all future production on the series 'Luck.' 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."
The show was in the middle of shooting their second season and it is not known at this time how many episodes were able to be shot. Currently, season one is airing on HBO on Sundays.