Luck Cancelled: Director Blames TMZ for “Spinning Unfair Stories”

    March 15, 2012
    Heather Campobello
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Michael Mann, the director of HBO series, Luck, blames TMZ for the show getting cancelled. In the following clip you can hear Mann telling the cast and crew that the decision was reached by HBO after TMZ and “the media” spun unfair stories after a third horse died on the set.

TMZ fired back by saying that they didn’t spin anything and addressed the facts about the situation: 1)THREE horses died on their watch; 2) Horse #3 was euthanized on the set … and production continued a few hours later AND 3) Publicist Karen Jones initially LIED to TMZ about the story … in an effort to stall them from publishing.

TMZ says that their bottom line on the subject is that the show would not have been cancelled if the horses were still alive.

“The Dead Horse Series” was created by TMZ in reaction to several controversial decisions made by the crew of Luck. The entertainment news outfit wrote a story titled “No Moment of Silence for Dead Horse” that criticized the crew for continuing to film soon after one horse died.

Mann explained to the cast and crew that the decision was also made to preserve the show’s integrity, and didn’t want the attention that the horse controversy has been getting to overshadow the efforts of the cast and crew. Another contributing factor was that HBO couldn’t guarantee that another animal wouldn’t die.

The series premiered on January 29th; despite its cancellation, all of the first season’s episodes will air. Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte held prominent roles in the dramatic series.

Fans are very disappointed that the show was cancelled while others tweet that Luck should have been nixed before a third horse died:

With Luck cancelled, what one show will now satisfy all my artistic interests (esoteric racing lingo, dead horses, and Nick Nolte)? 52 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

It sucks that @HBO cancelled #Luck. I was really looking forward to seeing that show. #sorryhorsies 18 minutes ago via Echofon ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

I can’t believe HBO cancelled Luck so suddenly. There’s nothing else like it on TV. 4 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Shameful that 3 had to die before they stopped being greedy. ‘#HBO Cancels #Luck After Third #Horse Death’ http://t.co/FA6OYZTn @peta 31 minutes ago via Tweet Button ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

HBO LUCK show got cancelled..show sucked. 1 hour ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Oh no, they cancelled HBO’s Luck. Just as well, it looked like a Hospice with betting. 59 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

How depressing. HBO’s Luck has been cancelled due to the third horse death on set. Pity about the horses, pity about the show. It was good. 52 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

If you ask me, all these jokes about “Luck” being cancelled are just beating a dead horseI’M HILARIOUS, DAMMIT! 51 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

  • Jim Millett

    Luck, in my opinion, was the best drama on television. The writing was terrific, and it had a great cast playing terrific characters. At first I thought I wouldn’t like the show, but I was quickly drawn into this esoteric world I knew nothing about. I was a great fan of NYPD Blue, and it was wonderful to hear this David Milch dialogue again. About the three dead horses: It’s sad. The racing scenes were exciting, but it was the characters that made the show. I would have been just as happy with the show if they had used stock racing footage.

  • A. Mitchell

    Very sad a out the horses – they should have been able to avoid those deaths. But luck wascthe best series since “TheWire.” i’ll miss it – nothing else like it being produced right now.

  • Terry Dunn

    This was the best show I have seen in along time they should try again

  • Peter T

    Having just seen the last the last 2 episodes of Luck today,I’ve now seen the whole season.The pacing of the show is brilliant,the cast and acting is spot on.Nolte and Hoffman and the ensemble are carrying the reality of horse racing to a new level,it is a shame that horses have died,but that was not necessarily the fault of the production,and for zealots to use any excuse to shut down a great show sucks.I think that Michael Mann and HBO should grow some balls,and finish the second year.Scorsese or Spielberg wouldn’t have folded at the first sign of bad press,you can bet on that.The shooting and the editing of the racing scenes were a beauty to behold. BRING IT BACK!

  • Mary

    I thought this was a great series. I am really sad that it has ended so abruptly. Great writing, great story. Bring it back!

  • Mike

    I guess they can’t put “no animals harmed in the production” blurb in the credits for this show. What a disgrace, if they had produced it properly with care toward the animals they should have been able to do the show without harming any horses.