Screentime: Moving Crownies later is for the best

Screentime has put a brave face on ABC1’s decision to move its legal drama Crownies to a later timeslot half way through its run.

The show, promoted as “Sex, Lies and Magistrates” featuring the lives of young solicitors , has struggled to pull audiences.

It was announced earlier this month that Crownies would be pushed back to 9.30pm to make way for The Slap.  

But as news coverage of the decision intensified in the last few days, Screentime has today issued a statement saying it backs the ABC’s scheduling move.

Screentime said:

“Screentime is extremely proud of its 22 hour production Crownies, created for the ABC with the specific intention of appealing to a younger demographic.

“The drama received strong critical support, and Screentime is honoured to be working in collaboration with the ABC, with whom we enjoy an excellent relationship.

“Screentime fully understands and supports the new Thursday lineup – as it promises a night of great drama.”

The ABC commissioned an initial series of 22 episodes of Crownies.


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