Cops LAC not returning

It’s official. COPS L.A.C. is no more.

Just a small line appeared in today’s Australian newspaper reported that COPS L.A.C. has been “dropped” by Nine.

It has been widely expected that the police drama starring Kate Ritchie would not return after disappointing ratings and reviews.

A Nine spokesperson confirmed to TV Tonight today that the show would not be returning.

Nine does have 22 episodes of Rescue Special Ops and 13 eps for the final season of Sea Patrol to come next year, along with several Telemovies. It may yet reveal further drama projects at its 2011 launch in early December.

Other networks recently reviewed their two police dramas. Seven is yet to officially clarify any production return for City Homicide. Unofficially, the outlook is grim.

Brighter news for Rush fans with 13 new episodes confirmed for TEN next year.

SBS also has a new series of East West 101.


  1. Cops – LAC was probably a little below Rush and City Homicide in quality. The scripts on these shows were more polished, in my opinion. That said, the characterisations in “Cops” were very engaging and the location shooting top notch. Gary Sweet and Kate Ritchie are very charismatic actors and although some of the solutions to crimes seemed a little too pat and easy, the show had something and was very enjoyable. Definitely a shame that it has been canned. Sometimes a second season irons out some of the flaws and quality comes through. Such a cutthroat business based on profits lends itself to either instant success or total banishment. I hope Kate finds something else to suit her talents.

  2. I think that Cops LAC should stay that was such a great show and I really think that 9 should reconsider their decision because I am sick of those stupid reality TV shows like the Boss is coming to dinner or whatever it’s called, I personally think it is a waste of time. I was looking forward to Cops LAC when I seen an add for it, I think that it is a cool show and that you should just give it a chance to expand.

  3. I really enjoyed watching COPS L.A.C, It’s not everyday, that you can actually sit down and enjoy a good aussie show, I’m sorry and dnt mean to offend anyone, but geez, we really need to look after our own, and i think they all do a great job, I loved COPS L.A.C And i am really disappointed that it is or maybe no more, I actually think that it out done the last 2 seasons of underbelly, and yet that got high ratings??
    Nothing better than true crime stories, and what better country than australia to film it with our very own talent!!!

  4. city homicide is a great show.why is seven giving it the axe..? ausies like to watch our own actors and stories , we have enough of those american csi’s.please reconsider seven

  5. COPS L.A.C is the best show I have ever watched! It is Much better than ‘Rush’ on Channel 10 – I think that is a piece of garbage. Cops L.A.C was a unique television show that actually had better ratings than once expected. Oh, and just to let you people know, it has not been completely “dropped” as the poster stated. It has yet to be determined, but it will most likely not be in the making for next seasons – although there is still a minor possibility.

  6. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Come on, script writers, start to give some good stuff instead of ever-fluffier soapies – with the occasional uniform thrown in, and the occasional murder (the script was the first victim). It ain’t working! Audiences are not stupid, in spite of the way the TV execs treat us.

  7. I would rather they have an Airline/Airport or going places kind of show instead of more crime if they have to try something other than 2.5 men or anything with Gordon Ramsay on it.

  8. I watched the first ep of Cops LAC and just couldn’t watch anymore, it was so bad.

    Maybe 9 could bring back The Boss is Coming to Dinner? It probably would rate better.

  9. I don’t want Aus drama to be like US or UK, that’s for them to do. Aus can make and has made great tv, Cops LAC was bad. Our dramas made, and what usually works here, like it or not, tends to be police or medical shows, but things outside that have been tried, some have worked some haven’t.

    Should we compare our productions to US and UK, or more fairly with say Canada and New Zealand, how much do they make, what type of shows do they make? We have 5 networks + cable, and each are only making about 2-3 ongoing shows each of a year at best, now and then limited series and telemovies. (if that view of things is wrong-please correct)

    This show needed to go, hopefully what comes along ‘new’ next, on any of the network doesn’t fail the same way, the tv industry’s drama producing stats are pretty small as it is.

  10. Despite the name, it never really went with the LAC concept – every episode seemed to revolve around a murder – which should have been handed off to Homicide. I think if the show had concentrated on the GD officers (less that horrible dragged-out Roy Billing backstory) and gone into their off duty lives as well, it could have been an interesting show.

    If everybody wants a new Blue Heelers, why don’t they do just that – a new Blue Heelers.

    When the US market stops producing cop shows, perhaps the rest of the world will follow suite – but don’t hold you breathe – you’ll suffocate. Cops, legal, medical, rescue… will always be the mainstay of drama – there’s a reason why shows about Librarians or Pizza Delivery are comedies!

  11. Iguess I am different om the othersthat pst in that I enjoyed COPS LAC, City Homicide, Rush,a well as othe cop shows from the past. I personally don’t enjoy reality shows. I’m not saying that these shows couldn’t have been better. They could be great lke Frost, Trial and Retribution, Taggart, etc from Great Britain which are the best myseries I have ever seen. We need good cop drama from Australia.

  12. anything has got to be better than another crime show but how about trying something new channel 9 to fill the gap till footy season 2011 instead of more Big Bang Theory or 2.5 men or CSI I am thinking bringing back those Airline/Airport and Changing Rooms kinds of shows we all know and love It would Tie in perfectly after Getaway too.

  13. Brad – it’s all about the demographics. Rush skews to a younger demographic – CH has a very old (but large) audience – not attractive to the advertisers.

  14. @Phoenix727 – Sorry, I didn’t mean to suggest that all cop shows are mediocre. I was merely pointing out that with City Homicide and Cops L.A.C gone if you happened to only enjoy dodgy cop shows than you don’t have many left.

    Of course there are fantastic cop shows out there but those two dropkicks aren’t even in the same league.

  15. It’s funny. Ch 10 keep Rush even though it is one of the most overrated shows on TV and struggles to get 750K, Ch.7 looks to axe CH and it’s getting about 50% more audience, Maybe Ch 10 have insufficient local content in their cupboard so have to keep failing series going even if they don’t rate.

  16. @ Dr TV, finally someone else points it out!! I know it’s very shallow to judge a show on its title but it really was a clunky one. To me (just personal opinion) it felt like they were trying a little too hard to make it sound CSI-ish.

    I know a show is much more than its title but I’m sorry, you’ve gotta put some work into that too. To be honest the title turned me off before I even saw the show…..and then I saw the show…..

  17. @DC, yeah, I’m thinking more 2012 onwards … it can take 2-3 years of development before a series is ready to shoot and edit. Here’s hoping they’ve got some good ideas!

  18. Jezza of the city

    The acting in CLAC was very poor with Kate Ritchie being the least convincing cop I have ever seen, followed closely by Roy B & Gary S.

    Kate just needs to go back to being a soapie doll…sorry its harsh but she can’t cut elsewhere.

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