HBO announced today that it has canceled it’s horse racing-based drama series ‘Luck’ after a third horse died during production.
Let me be the first to say I’m not buying it. My bet is that this was the excuse HBO execs needed to get rid of this piece of garbage.
First off, let me say that I’m never happy to see anybody lose their job. Unfortunately, the show being canceled will put some people out of work. I could care less about Dustin Hoffman being out of work, but the production crew and those types have to be taking this hard.
I’m also sad to see writer and producer David Milch lose this gig because that means pools on the Southern California circuit will probably get smaller. Eh, maybe not.
Anyway, the bottom line is that ‘Luck’ simply sucked. The show was getting downright laughable and unwatchable. The only thing more painful than watching the guys on HRTV ask Gary Stevens the same retarded questions about being a jockey in 300 different ways is watching Gary Stevens play himself in Luck.
But the problems didn’t end there. From the word go, Luck was obviously not what track execs and the powers that be in the sport of horse racing had hoped for. This was no feel-good series. It was all about the many seedy sides of the racetrack lifestyle. ‘
This was definitely not a show that would bring more fans to the track. If anything, it would turn them away.
Not only that, the plot NEVER got off the ground. If anybody can still explain Ace Bernstein to me, I’m all ears. Was he a gangster? A business man? A horse owner? A horse bettor?
His character was poorly developed.
Then there’s the simultaneous plots. In this past week’s episode, one of the degenerates links up with a poker dealer at a local casino and they end up going at it in the parking lot of the casino in his car.
First off, the actress playing the dealer was so good looking that the character wasn’t believable. And if there ever was a dealer so good looking, she certainly wouldn’t end up getting busy in a yellow 1984 Camaro with some degenerate.
The only redeeming part of the show was Turo Escalante, played by John Ortiz. That character was interesting and always worth paying attention. But even that took a turn this week when he befriended some kid whose uncle had ditched him.
Someday, people in the television and film industry will realize that the world that is horse racing rarely translates to the big screen. That’s why ‘Let it Ride’ still remains the undisputed No. 1!
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