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Horse-Racing Show 'Luck' Hit With New Animal Cruelty Complaints

5/5/2012 10:30am EDT
Producers behind Dustin Hoffman's axed horse-racing drama Luck have been hit with fresh animal cruelty complaints from activists at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

David Milch and Michael Mann ceased production on the HBO show in March after a horse was humanely put down following an accident at the studio's stables. It was the third equine death since filming began at California's Santa Anita racetrack.

PETA bosses celebrated the series cancellation after weeks of campaigning, but their joy at the show's end has been tinged with sadness after uncovering further cl...

PETA Celebrates 'Luck' Cancellation

3/15/2012 11:33am EDT
Animal rights bosses are celebrating after Dustin Hoffman's TV show Luck was axed following the death of three horses.

The racing show's executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann announced on Wednesday they were ceasing production of the program after a horse was humanely killed following an accident at the studio's stables.

It was the third beast connected to the series to have died since filming began, prompting a campaign by officials at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for an investigation.

And following the announcement the show has been cancelled, PETA b...

HBO Cancels 'Luck' In Wake Of Third Horse's Death

3/14/2012 7:33pm EDT
Executive Producers David Milch and Michael Mann, in conjunction with television network HBO, have released a statement that they are halting all future production of horseracing drama Luck after a third horse had to be put down on Tuesday over an injury sustained on the set of the show.

Tuesday morning a mare reared up on its hind legs and fell backwards, breaking its neck in the process, and had to be euthanized due to the severity of the injury. The tragedy is the third of its kind after two more horses had to be put down during filming of the first season of the show in 2011.

"Safety ...

PETA Demands Dustin Hoffman Stops Shooting 'Luck'

3/14/2012 12:37pm EDT
Dustin Hoffman
Animal rights campaigners have taken aim at the bosses of Dustin Hoffman's new TV drama Luck and demanded a halt in filming after three horses died on the set.

The HBO show has been hit with a series of equine tragedies - two mounts had to be put down last year and earlier this week a third beast was killed after falling backwards and breaking its neck.

Now, officials at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have hit out at the TV network and the racing series' producers Hoffman, David Milch and Michael Mann, demanding they stop shooting the show.

In a statement, a spokesman say...

HBO Series 'Luck' Has Bad Luck: Third Horse Euthanized

3/14/2012 9:06am EDT
Dustin Hoffman's new TV drama "Luck" has been hit by more bad luck - a third horse used in the show has been euthanized after it fell backwards and broke its neck on Tuesday.

A production spokesperson at HBO insists the horse died following an accident at the show's stables area - and not during the filming of a scene.

A statement released to WENN reads, "Tragically, this morning, one of the horses in Luck's stable suffered an accident while returning to the stall.

"California Horse Racing Board official veterinarian Dr. Gary Beck stated, 'I had just examined the horse as part of our rou...

Spring Preview: 'Luck'

1/29/2012 12:45pm EST
HBO's Luck isn't accurately reflected by its title. It's much more calculated than that.

Even though the network previewed the first episode of the nine-part miniseries not so long ago, there should still be plenty of eyeballs as it officially arrives tonight, if only because of the pedigree. The series is written by David Milch, who already wowed HBO viewers with Deadwood, and directed by Michael Mann.

Its cast, led by Dustin Hoffman, is a cornucopia of familiar faces for TV buffs, including Dennis Farina (Law & Order), Jill Hennessy (Law & Order) and Richard Kind (Spin City). Even the s...