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Dustin Hoffman TV show canceled over deaths of horses

By Korea Herald

Published : March 15, 2012 - 19:07

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LOS ANGELES (AFP) ― A hit U.S. television series starring Dustin Hoffman has been canceled after three horses died during filming, the channel which makes the show announced Wednesday.

“Luck,” about thoroughbred racing and also starring Nick Nolte, launched in January and had already been picked up for a second season, with production mostly at a horsetrack east of Los Angeles.

But a first horse died on the set in 2010 and another died last year. Then a third animal had to be put down on Tuesday after falling backwards and striking its head, despite new safety rules put in place.

“Safety is always of paramount concern,” said Home Box Office, which aired the show.

“We maintained the highest safety standards ... higher in fact than any protocols existing in horse racing anywhere with many fewer incidents than occur in racing or than befall horses normally in barns at night or pastures.”