Axed: The Strip

By David Knox on November 15, 2008 / Filed Under News 50

Nine has ‘axed’ The Strip, at least not renewed it for a second season, depending on how you want to word it…

The $7.8m Gold Coast crime series will not be proceeding when it ends its first series run.

“The 13 part mini-series comes to a conclusion at the end of the month,” a Nine spokesperson said.

“We are disappointed the show didn’t sustain the audience it attracted in its premiere week.

“It’s an unfortunate outcome in this highly competitive environment.”

The drama, starring Aaron Jeffery, Vanessa Gray and Frank Holden premiered to 1.45m viewers but slipped under the 900,000 mark. This week it was moved to 10:30pm where it only took 430,000 viewers.

It is the second new drama to fail for Nine this year with Canal Road failing to fire (or even be completed on air). McLeod’s Daughters also struggled in its final season but will return for summer.

Thankfully, Nine has had better luck with Underbelly and Sea Patrol both proceeding with new series in 2009.

Fans of The Strip will get to see it complete its on-air run.

Source: Herald Sun

50 Comments »

  1. Greg May 5, 2011 at 2:11 am -

    The Strip has the most irritating characters I have seen in a cop drama. Bad scriptwriting and directing. Its garbage.

  2. Robbie March 14, 2011 at 12:01 pm -

    Is their more eps to the end of season 1 of the strip I’ve got the first season I wanna know wats going on I’m confused.

  3. William December 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm -

    I agree John, but I think they have moved on to rescue special ops. It was an awesome show.

    Me and my cousins are making a parody of it, though it will also parody NCIS. It’s called The Trip :) hehehe. We may or may not release it on the net. Its gonna be filmed at the Sunshine Coast, and parts of the Gold Coast (where The Strip was filmed). Yay!!!!

  4. john December 6, 2009 at 4:35 pm -

    The Strip was the greatest show that ive seen on Channel nine.i think it was a big mistake to only make a first series now we are left in suspense as to what may happen next i think it was a great storyline and set in a perfect location i really hope the people at channel nine reconsider because i really think it was a massive mistake taking it off our televisions

  5. Steve September 3, 2009 at 8:20 pm -

    Sorry, but any show with Frankie. J. Holden that attempts to appear like a serious drama is simply going to fail.
    How can the casting directors be doing their jobs if actors of this quality are all that they can come up with?
    I mean, isn’t there some sort of competetive selection process as part of the casting process?
    Why in almost every Aussie show do we seem to see the same bloody half dozen faces that I was tired of a decade ago?
    Are we that skint for fresh acting talent that we have to keep on seeing and hearing those who have proven themselves over and over again that they have no business in front of a camera.
    Is it any wonder that Aussie TV is a laughing stock?

  6. David Knox August 17, 2009 at 9:37 pm -

    Sorry no.

  7. Rachel August 17, 2009 at 8:58 pm -

    So there will never be a second season… at all? I thought it was an absolute brilliant show, i’m 15 and i loved the show, and sat with my father every week and watched it. I think it was watched by many, and liked and loved by millions. I think a return to television fr The Strip would be great, and will rise to popularity again.. maybe even more then the first season.

  8. will July 9, 2009 at 7:16 pm -

    this was a great tv show, so sad that it was cancelled. i watched every episode on tv. i was actually excited because i went to surfers paradise for holidays and went down the main street and i shopped at a 7-11 that i saw in one episode, and a number of other places. thrilling, huh? it was. but thank god each episode is available on itunes, for anyone who loved the show like me.

  9. Ozzie in DXB June 5, 2009 at 3:28 am -

    Oh my god! A lover of Mcleod’s Daughter, and nearly every Ozzie made ‘serial’ – I have lived away from Oz, in Dubai now for four years. We’ve had the luxury of Mcleod’s, and then we’ve suffer Sea Patrol and The Strip – what hell is this? If it isn’t enough that the major satellite channels offer this – from South Africa, like they know any better, please as an Aussie – how bloody embarrising!
    This is low quality (even lower than Neighbours when it first started and certainly of the similiar standard to Home and Away which is unbelievable pathetic…..
    Do we really want to be portrayed as ‘half-wits’? Because believe me…..that’s how you look providing this level of entertainment to the rest of world. Shame on you. We can truely do better than this!
    Aussie in DXB.

  10. les December 22, 2008 at 9:08 am -

    that sucks could of at least tried2 put it on another night to attract move viewers its a great cast and story lines are gooooood i will miss it for sure please another net work revive it!!

  11. Bruce December 5, 2008 at 7:39 am -

    That was one of the best shows – I can’t believe that a show of this calibre can be axed…..what’s wrong with Australian viewers…..now we know there is no hope for the local industry.

  12. Jack December 3, 2008 at 10:10 pm -

    the strip was a great show, it got better towards the end. i want it back :)

  13. Matt December 2, 2008 at 4:57 pm -

    Shame nine has axed it,Thought it was a decent show,sure anyboby could have come up with some of those plots and the acting was so-so but it was better than most of the crap thats served up on TV these days.
    But we loved trying to work out where scenes were done on the Gold Coast(being an ex-gold coaster) the biggest laugh was when they were in that car chase scene and they were driving between sugar cane fields and they said they were going along the Pacific Hwy at Bilinga,they must’ve sprung up overnight!

  14. bored November 27, 2008 at 11:21 pm -

    Can someone explain why there are NSW coppers in the show if its based in Qld?

  15. brett November 22, 2008 at 9:54 pm -

    ah memo to ch 9 execs whats happening with the young doctors remake for god sake get this show up and running you fools havent had a successful soap since the original ended in 83 what does that tell you everything you try is crapola bring back the albert memorial and perhaps if you cant see the valley for the trees then perhaps you shouldnt be working in television give me a job and i’ll fix the network firstly by getting rid of all the yankee crap you air and then reinstating some good ole aussie drama ah sister livingstone dr holland anyone and what we also need is the restless years to be contemporised and remade but no 9 has certaintly been lacking in the soap dept and no mcleods was not a soap it was a series in the same vein as a country practice.

  16. Sephiroth_FF November 20, 2008 at 8:30 pm -

    Mini-series. Yeah, sure, now try to say it’s only a mini-series to make it look like it wasn’t axed. They really have a shifty way of wording everything.

    I am glad this crap is finally over and done with. This show actually makes City Homicide look good and that’s saying a lot.

  17. newtaste November 17, 2008 at 1:34 am -

    In The Australian 17/11/2008, Amanda Meade writes:

    “Nine has very few new programs next year and no new dramas at all. But chief executive David Gyngell is delivering a second series of the hit drama Underbelly and a third season of Sea Patrol.”

    No mention of The Young Doctors, no telemovies. Nothing new!

    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/business/story/0,28124,24660198-7582,00.html

  18. David Knox November 16, 2008 at 11:25 pm -

    Jack, many argued The Strip was an American CSI on the Australian Gold Coast….

  19. Matt Vella November 16, 2008 at 11:07 pm -

    Humm The “Russian Strip” didn’t do much for audiences

    week after week all it was Russian this Russian that i live on the gold coast and i had no idea that the Russians ran everything i must be blind or channel 9 is seeing something that i am missing

  20. jack November 16, 2008 at 10:59 pm -

    Needless to say I’m very unhappy about this. I’m sick of Aussie drama’s being filmed in crummy studios and set in boring suburbs and grey citys, finally a drama that shows off Austalia’s beautiful landscape- ie. the gold coast- and now its been axed!! What a dissapointment!! C’mon network’s pull your finger out, we need a new Country practice, Blue Heelers, McLeod’s daughters ect not all this ammericanised crap like Rush, Sea Patrol and All Saints.

  21. Harry November 16, 2008 at 4:37 pm -

    Knew it. That show was a load of croc.

  22. Glenn Petrie November 16, 2008 at 3:20 pm -

    Of course, The Strip would have rated well if it was on Seven.

  23. Leo November 16, 2008 at 1:13 pm -

    The Strip started with a rocky start – I actually missed a couple of episodes but then went back to it – def improved as it went along, be sad to see it go!!

  24. Mitch. November 16, 2008 at 11:19 am -

    Finally! The Strip was utter rubbish. Crap acting, crap storylines. Australian networks need to give up on making their own CSI Miama, or Life, Burn Notice etc. It’s just not going to work….stop wasting your money and putting the viewers through the torture that was this show!!

  25. Alex November 16, 2008 at 10:06 am -

    I’m not sad this show has been axed it wasn’t good at all, 9’s had a very mixed bag with drama this year with Underbelly and Sea Patrol both doing very well but everything else failing.

    I agree – cop/medical shows have a story engine and hence are great concepts, you just need to be able to find a new spin on the genre each time like Stingers (undercover), Water Rats (water police), CSI (Forensics), Rush (tactical response) and so forth.

    Also – is Nine still going ahead with Young Doctors??

    And secondly, this is justifiably being axed but I don’t think Canal Road was given much of a chance, shelved after 1 ep at 825K at 9.30.

  26. Nick November 16, 2008 at 9:15 am -

    Well comparing The Strip to Canal Road, it is clear to see that Canal Road was a better quality drama and more original, not just crime. I still maintain Ch9 stuffed up, by not airing it at 8.30 after Underbelly finished. It is inconsiderate to have not shown the final episodes. I thinki it was a great series, but I had to watch it on DVD! Show it over summer Ch9 at 8.30 and then launch a new season next year. Give it a go….

  27. Zambora November 16, 2008 at 9:13 am -

    Probably in the end, the thing that frustrates me is…

    Aussiescan be good actors.
    Aussies can be scritpwriters,directors,editors,photograhers etc…

    Yet we deliver some outstanding tripe that even us folk here (after viewing first one or 2 eps can point out obvious flaws)

    Why do producers,networks miss the obvious ?

    or is it they are in dremaland and have no idea how real viewers look at shows.

  28. Craig November 16, 2008 at 8:24 am -

    I linked CR better than the Strip.

    So since we have 2 more eps can we hope the final 2 CR will air Dec 4 and 11?

    Speaking of seasons, with CH resting for the rest of the year in re-runs and we know they have more eps in the can does this mean when it comes back it will be S3 and not a continued S2? Both S1 and 2 currently have 14 eps, It makes sense if they are saving the new eps for the next season IMO.

  29. Amanda November 16, 2008 at 1:09 am -

    Between the Strip and 10’s Rush I was more swayed towards Rush and I have to admit is the first time I’ve ever been excited about a Aussie drama.

    I mean the promos for The Strip were pretty lamo to tell ya like the whole “Some ones’s been a naughty little Vegimite” *shakes head and shudders* with lines like that is there little wonder why I don’t like Aussie drama.

    By the way just how is Rush going it has been picked up for a full/second season? I still like it even though they did that whole thing with Grace which I think was a bit of a bold move to make but I understand why they did it

  30. RichoTB November 16, 2008 at 1:06 am -

    Awful show. Not as bad as Canal Road, but still awful. Nine gave this show the biggest shot in the world. Brodie said it best with Nine giving it “a free ride in the easiest slot of the week and still no one watched.” What were its competition? Ghost Whisperer, The Amazing Race and Law and Order?? Ironically enough, CI was getting figures of 800,000 before The Stripe came on. Now its getting 1.2 million every week, I guess audiences went to see a show with an actual script and plot. At least City Homicide has something fresh about it, probably the fact that the characters aren’t 1 dimensional cardboard cutouts. Nine should have canned this series from the start and given Underbelly 2 a bigger budget for next year.

  31. ali November 16, 2008 at 12:32 am -

    The Strip was rubbish. Bad acting and bad writing.

  32. David Knox November 16, 2008 at 12:13 am -

    Crime / medical / legal are also the staples of US adult drama (soap notwithstanding). They allow for new stories to come in the door every week, with recyclable sets and heroic characters.

    That said, some of our other shows to move outside the square a little are Satisfaction, East of Everything, Love My Way, Rainshadow, SeaChange all of which are soap hybrids.

  33. tom November 15, 2008 at 11:52 pm -

    I’m agreeing with Andy.
    Why can’t Australia come up with ideas like Heroes or Pushing Daisies, something different which has huge promise and fan base. Not a copy, just a standout idea that would be as popular in other countries as well as our own. We buy so many US shows and air in primetime, how about they have the chance to buy ours and air in primetime.

    All we predominantly make is Crime/Hospital Drama. I really enjoy City Homide and Rush, and look forward to return seasons, but how about something completely different.

  34. Andy November 15, 2008 at 10:53 pm -

    you know what i’d like to see? a drama series which is not simply the same old rehashed cardboard cut out drama which we always get.

    Where is the innovation in Australian drama – i mean, they have to make a certain amount of it each year, why not try something different -anything different.

    Instead we had yet another cop show…with a group of half a dozen sexy cops, all solving crimes borrowing techniques from all the other cop shows…yawn!

    Give me HBO style drama. they have Six Feet Under, Carnivale, Sex and the City, Sopranos etc….why can’t that diversity exist here? Or any level of diversity!

  35. EMQ November 15, 2008 at 6:54 pm -

    It’s good to see that Nine even finished the entire series albeit not renewing it for a second one. The Strip doesn’t really have a future here, it will always be compared with the US crime series like CSI and other CSI wannabes for which it will always be seen as an utter crap. I love the Mentalist though; everybody should watch it, I’m not sure why people are sticking with Criminal Minds

  36. Sharpy November 15, 2008 at 6:38 pm -

    That’s a shame… The chances of getting a second season was about as realistic as the photo of the cast standing on the GC strip itself…

  37. andy November 15, 2008 at 6:14 pm -

    at least it puts more pressure on networks to come up with smart shows, not crap like this.

  38. Kirk November 15, 2008 at 6:11 pm -

    Thank goodness. It really was rubbish. Why don’t Nine try something less dramatic and maybe something goofy (but not Monster House-goofy).

  39. Craig November 15, 2008 at 6:11 pm -

    Nice how they are calling it a “mini-series” to make it seem not as bad, we all saw this coming but what I want to know is when with we see the final 2 Canal Road eps?

    I forgot about Young Doctors, don’t they have any new ideas, oh wait Canal Road….

  40. Russell November 15, 2008 at 5:20 pm -

    It’s a shame. Nine should have nurtured the show a little more. Given it repeat screenings a few times a week to expose it more. Offer free episodes online. Up the ad dollars they spent to promote it. Let it run continulously. Given it a better lead in (Getaway gets what – 1 million?)

    With some creative changes and a bigger push for season 2 I think they could grow this show to 1.1 to 1.4 million.

    Now they have to start from scratch with a new show. Again.

  41. Benno November 15, 2008 at 5:03 pm -

    I seem to recall people saying that it frequently started around 10 minutes late. Could there be a slight cause and effect here?

  42. Craig November 15, 2008 at 4:53 pm -

    it really was utter trash, and stupid Bobby Morley certainly wont be popping up on any of 7’s dramas anytime soon after his remarks about his time on Home and Away…

  43. Rachael November 15, 2008 at 4:23 pm -

    Nine can’t blame the viewers, they should really be blaming themselves because they are the ones who kept stuffing around with the show putting it here, there and everywhere. Why do they think that the show had little viewers? Either that or the show was crap. I never watched it anyway.

  44. GuanoLad November 15, 2008 at 3:52 pm -

    Here’s an idea – how about drama that isn’t so dramatic. Maybe a little bit of irreverence and humour, or quirkiness, to sustain some uniqueness to the concept. There’s only so many glowering, crying, and shouting characters I can take before it gets overwrought and embarrassing.

  45. Cameron November 15, 2008 at 3:50 pm -

    A sad day for the cast and crew who will not be returning to the Gold Coast next year. At least it was given a full run despite moving to 10:30pm.

    Underbelly and Sea Patrol will not be enough for Nine next year. They have Young Doctors which will probably start production in 2009 but they need a proper replacement for McLeod’s Daughters. Perhaps they should bring it back with a ninth season. One can only hope even though it will not happen. Another crime drama would only work if it was of great quality.

    The Strip was ok and so was Canal Road. They were not shows to go all crazy about but at least they were given a go. The Strip had some familiar faces and nice scenery but the storylines were not as strong as Rush or Underbelly.

  46. David Knox November 15, 2008 at 3:29 pm -

    Miniseries these days is defined more from funding definitions than episode numbers. Remarkably Sea Patrol is also a miniseries.

    To qualify for miniseries funding these drama have had to include an ongoing story thread. Hence in Sea Patrol 1 we had a loose arc with Sibylla Budd, and in SP2 there was a coup on the Samaru Islands.

    Canal Road had a thread for Paul Leyden’s character.

    Producers are merely maximising opportunities within the guidelines of funding bodies as a way to help finance projects.

  47. Brodie November 15, 2008 at 3:28 pm -

    Well we all saw that coming.

    Haha “highly competitive environment”. Rush has a highly competitive timeslot, The Strip was given a free ride in the easiest slot of the week and still no one watched.

  48. Jerome November 15, 2008 at 3:11 pm -

    “It’s an unfortunate outcome in this highly competitive environment.”

    ahh yes blame the competition, disregard the fact that it was total rubbish.

    sea patrol and underbelly just go to show that 9 can only do drama if it has a 8 figure budget attached to it.

    ps. does 13 eps still count as a miniseries?, i thought miniseries were less than 6 eps maybe 8 in SHH case

  49. newtaste November 15, 2008 at 3:10 pm -

    Nine will have to come up with another drama or two. 26 hours of Underbelly and Sea Patrol will not be enough for their drama quota in 2009.

  50. Zambora November 15, 2008 at 3:08 pm -

    Gee whiz, methinks virtually all folk that posted on this site tipped this months ago.

    Nine and drama equates death sentence or guarantee you will get lousy promotion, timeslots galore and viewers wishing Nine would find consistentcy.

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