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Did HBO Cancel 'Luck' To Get Out Of A Contentious Production?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2012 3:50 PM
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It has been just about a week since HBO closed the lights on Michael Mann and David Milch's horsetrack series, "Luck." And while the death of a horse (the third to pass away during production of the series) was cited as the reason the cable network pulled the plug on the show, it likely wasn't the only factor at play. Even though the network quickly greenlit a second season, ratings had been lagging for the show, and though HBO has often held on to programs even if viewers didn't always follow right away, we're beginning to wonder if behind-the-scenes tensions also contributed.
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HBO Cancels Michael Mann & David Milch's 'Luck' After Another Horse Dies On Set

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 15, 2012 9:24 AM
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If you're a fan of the HBO series "Luck," some sad news has arrived as HBO has decided to cease all future production on the show. It comes in the wake of a horse dying on set during the filming of the second episode of season two, marking the third horse to have died in total during the filming of the show.

Michael Mann & David Milch's 'Luck' Renewed For Second Season

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 1:16 PM
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Well, damn that was fast. And we certainly had our doubts. As we outlined in our review of the first season of "Luck," the HBO horse racing world drama starts off pretty slow, can be frustratingly obtuse at times and is stuffed to bursting with characters and subplots, but by the end of the season it firmly finds its footing and sets up the possibility of a cracker jack second season.

Review: Michael Mann & David Milch's 'Luck' Is Slow Out Of The Gate, But Eventually Builds Into A Gallop

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2012 1:32 PM
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The above quote, from a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, illustrates one of the fundamental frustrations in watching "Luck," the new horse racing world drama on HBO. Birthed by Michael Mann and David Milch ("Deadwood," "NYPD Blue"), their creative clashes during the production are no secret, leading to a sharp line being drawn in terms of creative duties (nicely outlined by The Atlantic) that essentially saw Milch have total control on the scripts, while Mann oversaw everything on set (reportedly including a three-ring binder filled with detailed instructions from lighting to camera angles on how to shoot to show for the directors of each episode). The result is a series that is somewhat stilted, enegertically shot, but often lethargically paced, dropping the viewer into a world they will have to adapt and learn about quickly.
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Nick Nolte Says That His Refusal to Applaud Elia Kazan Has Cost Him His Working Relationship With Martin Scorsese

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 13, 2011 12:05 PM
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Nick Nolte has never been one to hold back on ruffling people's feathers. He famously (or maybe infamously) lost the role of Superman after he claimed the character was schizophrenic, and still, at the tender age of 70, carries with him a fuck-em-if-they-can't-take-a-joke attitude that is both irritating and endearing (it helps that he's still an excellent actor, as was evidenced in the oddly ignored "Warrior" earlier this year). In a recent GQ interview, though, he says that one of his more outspoken stances may have cost him a relationship with one of the most powerful directors in town.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For Michael Mann's HBO Drama 'Luck' Starring Dustin Hoffman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2011 2:50 AM
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As if we're already having enough trouble keeping up with HBO's ridiculously stacked lineup of programming (this writer is still catching up on the first season of "Boardwalk Empire") here comes another show that is definitely going to be added to our Must Watch pile.
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First Look At Michael Mann's Horse Racing HBO Drama Series 'Luck' Starring Dustin Hoffman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2011 2:17 AM
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Yeah, yeah, you know the drill by now. HBO is home of yadda yadda projects that typically aren't the yadda yadda of major studios or networks. Basically, their lineup keeps getting stronger and stronger, attracting some of the biggest names in the business and Michael Mann's forthcoming horse racing drama series "Luck" should be another winner.

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