Anyone who became addicted to HBO’s horse racing drama Luck – which the net elected to cancel on Wednesday – should get some closure in the next two weeks. The ninth and final episode that is set to air on March 25 has the feel of finale, even though it wasn’t necessarily designed to be the series’ last, EW has learned.
And HBO will still release the entire first season on DVD. The only lingering question is whether the scenes that were shot during Luck’s final days will be added as extras: The drama from David Milch and Michael Mann was busy making its second episode for the second season when a horse was injured and euthanized Tuesday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. It was the third animal death on the series since it began production in 2010.
Though Luck had an inauspicious start despite its good reviews, the drama gained a following and had begun to accumulate almost 5 million viewers per episode. HBO already ordered 10 more episodes for a second season before it decided to end the show, but high-wattage stars like Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte will still receive their guaranteed payouts. But what a bummer for Jason Gedrick, who played the intuitive gambler Jerry: The attractive and immensely talented actor always seems to get gigs on shows that last for about a minute (see: LAX, Boomtown, Philly, Falcone, EZ Streets).
Maybe Gedrick and his celebrated co-stars like Richard Kind, Dennis Farina and Kevin Dunn can have one last hurrah at the Emmys. All the male leads would be foolish not to submit themselves for consideration this year. The deadline is May 4, guys!