New Oz drama skein fails to reach expectations

SYDNEY — Nine Network’s new drama series “The Alice” has not been able to reach the heady heights of its previous outing as a miniseries, which drew more than 1.8 million viewers in August last year.

Preem of the new series peaked at just over 1 million sets of eyeballs and failed to make the national top 10 shows.

Original mini told the story of several disparate characters heading to Alice Springs in the center of Australia to view a solar eclipse. The quirky characters and strong script connected with viewers and suggested that local drama was not dead.

Free webs have been reluctant to back large-scale local drama due to lack of support from Oz auds; the result has been that barely a quarter of TV dramas are local productions.

Producers of reality skeins have been happy to rush in and fill the void, while the growing list of failed dramas includes “The Secret Life of Us,” “Marshall Law,” “Young Lions” and “The Cooks.”

“The Alice” now moves into its regular timeslot Mondays at 7.30 p.m.

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