We got news yesterday that HBO would be temporarily suspending the use of horses in production on its horse show Luck’s second season, after a third horse died on set. It was very sad, for sure, but if those horses didn’t want to die on the set of Luck they probably shouldn’t have gotten themselves agents and auditioned for the show and signed all those release forms. You can’t save everybody! But late last night we got the even sadder news that HBO was letting a few dead horses SPOIL THE SHOW FOR GOOD! (And very low ratings.) (So low that you think, “maybe they jumped the gun when they renewed it for a second season immediately, without actually seeing if anyone would be interested in a second season, and now they’re using this thing as a reason to cancel it when really they just wanted to do that anyway?) (But then you think, no I’m sure it’s just the horses). From The Wrap:
The show’s executive producers, David Milch and Michael Mann, made a joint decision with HBO to stop production.
“The two of us loved this series, loved the cast, crew and writers,” Milch and Mann said. “This has been a tremendous collaboration and one that we plan to continue in the future.”
“Safety is always of paramount concern,” HBO said. “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.”
Nonetheless, HBO said, “accidents unfortunately happen and it is impossible to guarantee they won’t in the future. Accordingly, we have reached this difficult decision.”
Noooooooo! Haha. “Noooooooo!” said nobody. Except people who make glue I guess? Is that crude? Is it even factual? Do people make glue out of horses? WHY? Answer meeeeee! In any case, to help explain and deal with this tragedy, here is my guess at the conversation that led to the cancelation of Luck.
Luck Executive #1: We had to put down another horse today.
Luck Executive #2: Oh no!
Luck Executive #1: I know. PETA is going to be so mad.
Luck Executive #2: God dangit.
Luck Executive #1: So what should we do about this?
Luck Executive #2: About what?
Luck Executive #1: The show. Horses keep dying, and that’s sad, not to mention how expensive it is to keep buying new horses.
Luck Executive #2: You’re right. Can we do the show without horses?
Luck Executive #1: I honestly don’t know. I don’t think so? I’m pretty sure the main focus of our show is horses. And racing them.
Luck Executive #2: Ugh, that’s so boring.
Luck Executive #1: I know.
Luck Executive #2: What a dumb show.
Luck Executive #1: I know!
Luck Executive #2: Why does anybody watch it?
Luck Executive #1: I don’t think anybody does.
Luck Executive #2: Oh. So do you want to just stop?
Luck Executive #1: Stop what? Doing the show?
Luck Executive #2: Yeah.
Luck Executive #1: Oh, I didn’t even think of that option. Yeah, I guess so? I don’t see why not.
Luck Executive #2: Cool.