NewsNation | March 15, 2012
>>> hbo's short lived horse racing drama has been cancelled after three horses have died during filming. the decision to cancel the show was made after a horse was injured on tuesday and had to be put down. two other horses died last year. the shows producers were accused of ignoring advice from animal safety experts. this has been a horrible story. i know if it's rotten luck. they are investigating two other horse deaths. hbo released there statement. while we maintained the highest safety standards possible, accidents happen. and it's impossible to guarantee they won't in the future. how is that -- is that explanation enough?
>> i think it reflects what hbo truly -- how they feel. they took a lot of steps to do this safely. i think you're working with very demanding directs, creditaorcreators. the ambition of the show was to get inside horse racing . this is not the blimp shot. the cameras were right inside the racing. i think they discovered it's dangerous to do. they can't make the show they want to make and protect the horses in the way they like to.
>> this has to be a pr nightmare. you cannot have come back from something like this and have success on a show and people know that horses are dying in the process.
>> the theme was the nobility of these animals and how you can take the grossest people that are horrible and when they come around the horses they get elevated. there's a scene where the horse dies in the first season, it's gut wrenching and they can't be having horses die onset and make a show that sends the message they want to make. i think this was the only decision they could have made.
>> there's been so many successful horse movies. the movies make you cry. they are incredibly inspirational. you can see where the thought came from.
>> they tried to take a grittier approach. when he says i've got an idea, hbo says, let's do it. the thing is that in this case what they tried to do is something that appears it's not possible to do it safely.
>> thank you for joining us. it's just awful to read about.