HBO's 'Luck' Canceled After Multiple Horse Deaths

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Just this morning we reported that the Dustin Hoffman-starring HBO series Luck — which features the veteran actor as an ex-convict who tries to gain control of the Santa Anita racetrack as a revenge tactic — was temporarily suspended after three horses died on set. Now, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the show has been cancelled outright.

The network said they were heartbroken to announce the cut, but the decision — made with executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann — was necessary. “Safety is always of paramount concern,” the network wrote. “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.” Since they say they can’t guarantee that accidents won’t happen in the future, they’re making the “difficult decision” to say goodbye. Mann and Milch did say that they plan on collaborating on other projects in the future. Did you see this one coming, or did you think HBO would keep trying?