Seven's period drama A Place To Call Home has been prematurely axed mid-way through its second season, although the remaining episodes will go to air.
The show, set in the 1950s and starring Noni Hazlehurst, Marta Dusseldorp, Brett Climo and newcomer Abby Earl, enjoyed a stellar launch only one year ago, when it became the top rating Australian drama of 2013, with an average five-city audience of 1.47 million.
But the show has struggled to find an audience this year, with last Sunday's episode pulling 855,000 viewers. Significantly, the audience is skewing to the older demographic, with the over-55s comprising roughly 60 per cent of the audience, compared to Seven's prime-time average of 39 per cent for the 55-plus audience.
Curiously, however, the remaining episodes of season two contain a significant story twist that would have provided considerable intrigue for the third season, which is understood to have already been written by the show's creator Bevan Lee.
Options to renew the roles for actors contracted to the show lapsed several weeks ago and Seven today confirmed that filming of season three would not proceed.
Earl, who played Anna Bligh, has been hunting auditions for HBO shows in Los Angeles this month while attending the Heath Ledger Scholarship dinner, which will be held at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills on Thursday (LA time).
She is one of 20 rising Aussie stars in line for the scholarship. Some of the other finalists are Maeve Dermody, Remy Hii Millie Samuels, Axle Whitehead and Alex Williams.
- with AAP