And the winner for PETA’s new least favorite television executive goes to former CKX president Marc Graboff, who, sitting on a Variety TV Summit panel discussion on the “state of the global TV industry,” suddenly went all Friar’s Club on the room. Asked for his favorite show on television, Graboff began his answer: “Not to beat a dead horse… Sorry Michael…”
“Michael” would be HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo, who did not look pleased. Plenty of groans all around the room in solidarity. Too soon, for Luck jokes, Graboff. Too soon.
We caught up with Lombardo after the panel asked him about the hit his network took on Luck’s cancellation. After expressing remorse at the deaths of three horses that ultimately precipitated Luck‘s demise, Lombardo noted that, emotional tragedy aside, the network is in position to absorb the financial hit the show’s cancellation inflicted.
“We’re not dependent on any one show. That’s the place we are and we need to be to be successful.
“We don’t monetize each of our shows the same way. Shows like Game of Thrones and True Blood are quite successful financially, and that allows us to experiment and takes risks.”