HBO has pulled the plug on its gambling drama "Luck" after controversy erupted over the deaths of three horses during production.
"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,' " the network said in a statement.
The statement continues: "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."
The network will air the rest of the first season's episodes but will not continue with the second season, which had been ordered.