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#4804 - 03/19/12 10:31 AM Re: Television 2011-2012 A [Re: Lorna]
Austin
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Luck has been canceled. Three horses died during filming, and HBO says it can't guarantee the safety of the other animals.

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#4809 - 03/19/12 07:56 PM Re: Television 2011-2012 A [Re: ]
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Oh my. THREE horses. Oh dear, that's terrible! Just terrible!

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#4812 - 03/20/12 01:33 PM Re: Television 2011-2012 A [Re: Lorna]
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It's inexcusable and unforgivable. I was just getting into the show, which is a quality series. But not if the horses are sacrificed to entertainment. Still, you have to wonder if the low ratings were the real reason for HBO's decision.

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#4814 - 03/20/12 02:56 PM Re: Television 2011-2012 A [Re: Christopher]
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Always likely, but HBO has stuck with shows with ratings lower than Luck's. The real reason seems to be PeTA, which has been on HBO's case right from the start. PeTA says postmortem blood testing on the three horses revealed the presence of drugs that shouldn't have been in their systems, a claim the animal-handlers stoutly deny. Whatever the real reason, HBO did the right thing.

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#4815 - 03/21/12 07:08 PM Re: Television 2011-2012 A [Re: ]
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That is just sickening. One horse dying is bad enough, but THREE? Would HBO have canceled without pressure from PeTA? I doubt it.

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#4817 - 03/21/12 09:55 PM Re: Television 2011-2012 A [Re: Christopher]
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The drugs were to relive pain in inflamed joints, all the horses used in the show were washed up and arthritic. they were finished with racing and weren't even worked out anymore, but they were made to run full out for the racing scenes sometimes twice a day.

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#4818 - 03/22/12 01:47 PM Re: Television 2011-2012 A [Re: Mike]
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It just keeps getting worse. Does anyone know who made the decision to use those particular horse?

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#4820 - 03/22/12 06:02 PM Re: Television 2011-2012 A [Re: Rita]
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Ultimately it has to be the producers, David Milch and Michael Mann.

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#4822 - 03/22/12 07:53 PM Re: Television 2011-2012 A [Re: Christopher]
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Well, I hope they're held to account for that decision. Made to clean out stables for the next 20 years.

On a less important matter, appendicitis got rid of Survivor's snotty guy when his tribemates wouldn't. Colton's bellyache turned out to be quite serious and he's out of the game. He took his immunity idol with him as a souvenir rather than give it to his tribe to help save themselves. Selfish to the last.

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#4827 - 03/23/12 03:22 PM Re: Television 2011-2012 A [Re: Rita]
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Yeah, that was soooo Colton a thing to do. Jonas sees himself as the new leader of the tribe. I wonder if the others do too.

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