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Tuning in to TV: Lawsuit: Horses mistreated on HBO’s canceled ‘Luck’
Several of the horses used on HBO’s canceled series “Luck” were drugged, underweight and sick during production, an animal rights worker who oversaw conditions on the show alleges in a lawsuit.
Barbara Casey’s suit filed last week said she was wrongfully fired from her post at the American Humane Association after complaining about the conditions horses faced on the show, which was canceled after a series of high-profile animal deaths.
The suit claims four horses died during the show’s production, not three as previously reported, according to The Associated Press. Horses were “often drugged to perform,” and “underweight and sick horses unsuited for work were routinely used” by producers, her lawsuit alleges.
“We took every precaution to ensure that our horses were treated humanely and with the utmost care, exceeding every safeguard of all protocols and guidelines required of the production,” HBO wrote in a statement.
The association “bowed to political and financial pressure and refused to report the production defendants’ conduct to the authorities,” the lawsuit states.
Ms. Casey served as director of the association’s Film and Television Unit, which oversees animal welfare and often allows a notice to be attached to the end of films and television shows that says no animals were harmed during production. The nonprofit association’s film- and TV-monitoring efforts are paid for through entertainment industry grants, according to the lawsuit.
HBO canceled “Luck,” starring Dustin Hoffman, in March 2012 after three horse deaths were reported during production. Ms. Casey claims a fourth horse, named Hometrader, was killed in summer 2011 but its demise wasn’t documented because it occurred during a hiatus in filming.
Ms. Casey’s lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
Ty Pennington to host new series for HLN
Ty Pennington is doing some traveling again, this time for the HLN television network.
HLN said Wednesday that Mr. Pennington, who stars in “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” will host a monthly series called “American Journey.” It will focus on people with unusual lifestyles, and debuts Saturday, according to The Associated Press. Each episode will air multiple times over the weekend on the network formerly known as CNN Headline News, with a new edition starting each month.
Early episodes will focus on lobstermen and Delta blues musicians.
Mr. Pennington said he wants to follow the growing subculture of entrepreneurs and creative thinkers trying to rebuild the country.
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