Luck Now Dead Wood

Deadwood creator David Milch’s horse racing drama Luck has been axed following the death of a third horse during filming.

The HBO series is midway through its SoHo run, where episode six will air Monday night (Sky 10, 8.30).

Deadline reports season two of Luck is in mid-production and it is unclear whether the already filmed second-season episodes will air.

Here’s the statement HBO issued:

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.

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.

Quote from Michael Mann and David Milch: “The two of us 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.”

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