David Milch

‘Mad Genius’: Gambling Debts Claim Bulk Of Hollywood Producer David Milch’s Fortune

For several decades, David Milch has been a powerful force in Hollywood. Milch, a four-time Emmy-winning writer and producer was one of the creative minds behind such acclaimed television dramas as NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues, and Deadwood. A longtime horse racing fan, Milch also created the short-lived HBO drama Luck, which while critically acclaimed, seemed to have nothing but bad luck […]

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Case Closed: No Charges Filed in Alleged Animal Abuse on Set of HBO’s ‘Luck’

Stating that there was “no actual evidence presented” to support allegations of animal abuse, a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney has closed an investigation involving the canceled HBO series ‘Luck’ without pressing any charges against those involved in the production of the series. According to the Hollywood Reporter, after a lengthy investigation, Deputy District Attorney […]

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Jury sends mixed signals in Everest Stables lawsuit against Canani, Licht

It was a case that could have been a storyline for an episode of the short-lived HBO horseracing series “LUCK.” Trainer Julio Canani – on whom the fictional “LUCK” role of the cagey horse trainer Turo Escalante is said to have been modeled – and attorney Roger Licht, a former chairman of the California Horse […]

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Milch and Mann defend Luck

Writer David Milch and director Michael Mann continue to defend the production of HBO’s recently cancelled Luck, reports the Associated Press. A joint statement issued by the men says their production was committed to the “strictest protocols and safety procedures anywhere in the equine world.” Milch, a lifelong racing fan who has owned championship horses, […]

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Luck’s Cancellation: A Different Perspective

With all the shock of HBO pulling the plug on the second season of LUCK, green-lit after just one episode aired and barely after wrapping up episode 7, rumors went viral and the negative press has filled up our virtual inboxes. Now as the dust settles, the finale was actually the “Grand Finale,” and the […]

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Milch, Mann discuss cancellation of Luck

At Vulture.com, Matt Zoller Seitz interviews Luck creators David Milch and Michael Mann about the events that led to the cancellation of the HBO series.  Sietz asks them whether they originally believed production could resume following the death of a third horse over a two-year period in the filming of the series and whether there […]

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The PETA Distortion: How Luck’s Cancellation Was Far from Ethical

Nothing is going to bring back the HBO series LUCK after the decision by producers last week to stop production on the second season and effectively cancel the series after season one. And nothing is going to bring back the three ex-racehorses who had found second careers as equine actors on LUCK but that suffered […]

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Report: Stronach wanted meeting about Luck’s direction

The HBO series Luck might have faced an uncertain future, even if three horse deaths had not occurred during production.  TV Guide says Santa Anita owner Frank Stronach was already worried about Luck’s portrayal of racing and was leaning toward ending the track’s relationship with the show: “I’m just disappointed because it puts sort of […]

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Cohen: Loss of Luck a ‘devastating blow’ to racing

At The Atlantic, Andrew Cohen gives his take on the cancellation of the HBO series Luck due to the deaths of three horses during production.  Cohen says no matter what the reason for the end of the series, it’s a ‘devastating blow’ to the racing industry: “Luck was supposed to be a recruiting tool to […]

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No Luck: Third horse fatality causes cancellation of HBO series

After a third death on the set of HBO’s second season of Luck, the show’s executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann along with executives at HBO have decided to pull the plug on the series. “We maintained the highest safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any protocols existing in horse racing anywhere […]

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