In a surprising move, HBO has stopped all production of its horse-racing drama Luck
in the middle of filming its second season, cancelling the series due to a third horse dying during production.
, currently in its first season, faced increased scrutiny on Tuesday when a horse died during filming, the third time such a tragedy has occurred. The network immediately put a stop to production that included horses, but today they took it a step further and shut down the whole show.
A press release from HBO said that they loved the show, but felt it was necessary to stop due to the horse deaths. The show was in the middle of production on season 2, and it is unclear whether the episodes already filmed will air.Luck
stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte and centers on a race track and the various people involved, from trainers and jockeys and agents to the gamblers and horse owners. It was created by David Milch, who also created Deadwood
and John from Cincinnati
is currently airing Sundays at 9pm on HBO. The first season finale will air March 25.(Image courtesy of HBO)