Nearly everyone on the Internet is either talking, writing, or reading about HBO’s new half-hour coming-of-age dramedy ‘Girls.’ They can stop, now.
All of them.
The last word and first authority on the matter has arrived. The nexus of Twitter, television, and criticism get no better than this:
Ten years ago, it wasn’t hard to decide what to do on a Sunday night. Everyone watched HBO. The programming on the premium cable network was like nothing else on the tube.
But then, Carrie Bradshaw finally landed Mr. Big, the entire Fisher family died, Tony Soprano stopped believin’ in a New Jersey diner, and Tommy Carcetti became governor of Maryland.
By the time Sue Naegle arrived from United Talent Agency to take the network’s top job in 2008 (alongside co-president Richard Plepler and president of programming Michael Lombardo), the programming larder was looking bare. “We walked into a schedule that was mostly empty,” she told The Observer. And what could be better? “From a development and programming perspective, that’s the dream.”
This is unexpected but not totally unsurprising news in light of today’s third horse death on Michael Mann‘s HBO show Luck. Which is now officially canceled, after the American Humane Association halted all production yesterday.
Full memo below:
After the two unfortunate accidents resulting in horses being euthanized on the set of Luck, an HBO show about the seedy world of horse-racing and abuse, we were starting to wonder if the drama was actually a documentary.
Now a third horse has died, and we think we have our answer.
Critics have already been effusive in their praise for Luck, the new HBO show created by David Milch. Executive produced by Michael Mann and by star Dustin Hoffman, the series sets out to expose the seedy underbelly of the thoroughbred racing scene.
But eagle-eyed viewers may notice one detail missing from the pilot episode, as well as one additional installment: the American Humane Association’s usual seal of approval certifying that “No Animals Were Harmed” during the filming of the show. Instead, those two episodes state merely that “The American Humane Association Monitored the animal action.”
That’s because while Luck takes a hard look at those who exploit animals for money, the show itself has come under scrutiny after two of the horses used in the production broke their legs during filming and had to be euthanized.
In keeping with the new zeitgeist of renewing shows very early on (a la Game of Thrones on HBO, or Boss on Starz), HBO has granted a second season to its prestigey drama Luck, which stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte in a horse-racing milieu. The ten-episode second season is to launch in January 2013. Read More
Everyone already knew that the hedge fund manager Bill Ackman lives dangerously. Recall, for example, his tangos with Wendy’s, Spitzer, MBIA, Target, and also, when he tried to sell his 19th-floor, 11-room, four-bedroom, two-terrace Majestic co-op, his mother-in-law.
But two stories this week about Mr. Ackman have cemented his reputation. On Wednesday, my Read More
Yesterday, when HBO announced that they were going ahead with a series order for Luck, most of the internet met the news with a collective shrug. Not because Luck isn’t poised to be one of the most highly anticipated shows of 2011 — spoiler: it already is — but because of course HBO picked it Read More