Man, when are David Milch fans going to catch a break? First, the guy’s masterwork, HBO’s complex and profane Deadwood, was axed in its prime. Then, his follow-up series, the bizarre yet underrated John From Cincinnati, left audiences and critics so perplexed that HBO washed its hands of it after just ten episodes. Finally, things were looking up when Milch’s enthralling new horse-racing drama Luck was recently renewed for a second season, but now that’s not going to happen either. On Tuesday, production of the show resulted in another horse fatality — the third since the series started filming — and today, HBO, Milch and executive producer Michael Mann have announced that they’re going to call it quits.
What a sad end to a quality show that looked like it was going to have a healthy multi-year run. Admittedly, it’s hard to complain about the decision. Accidents happen, but losing three horses in just over a year (season two had just begun filming) seems excessive. It’s crazy they couldn’t come up with a safe way to film the horse races, but nobody wants to see horse after horse euthanized for the sake of a TV show. The decision was quite likely the correct one. Still, I can’t help but to feel a little bummed out that yet another Milch show has been cut down early.
One thing’s for sure: Jason Gedrick is motherfuckin’ the whole universe right now.