ABC1 is not renewing The Straits for a second season.
The series about a dynasty of misfits living in the tropics was a bold move by the broadcaster with its mix of drama, crime, dark comedy and violence. Word of mouth for the show, in particular for the the performance of Brian Cox as patriarch, was arguably stronger than its overnight ratings.
In a statement ABC1 Channel Controller Brendan Dahill said, “I’m very proud of The Straits and think it was bold and brave filmmaking. At present ABC1 has a strong slate of new and returning drama – but we also have a finite amount of money, and have to make some very hard choices about which programs we recommission. Unfortunately, in this instance, ABC1 is not able to commission a second series of The Straits.”
On their official Facebook page fans are expressing their disappointment, attracting 100 comments in just 3 minutes.
Producer Penny Chapman from Matchbox Pictures told TV Tonight, “The ABC committed big dollars to this bold series and it was a great shame the younger audiences it was aimed at didn’t turn on to the ABC in larger numbers.
” The show is selling all over the world and it would have been nice to take a second series to the market. It’s a great disappointment for those loyal viewers who loved the show and that’s showbiz but we’re developing other series with the ABC that we hope will work gangbusters for them and our audiences.”