'Game over' for TV3's Red Rock as insiders claim props being sold
TV3 looks to be in a state of turmoil ahead of today's autumn launch as insiders say it's "game over" for Red Rock.
Producers of the garda drama recently released a statement on its Twitter account confirming it would not resume filming in September as expected and would instead not return until January.
However, sources close to the series have insisted the cast and crew are well aware that the show is coming to an end and bosses are already selling off the series' costumes and props.
"Twenty-three episodes for next year are already shot and in the can. But what isn't generally known is that two more episodes are being made which will be shot late this year," an insider told the Herald.
"These will effectively wrap up all of the ongoing storylines.
"Despite what's being said in public on the Red Rock Twitter account, nobody believes the show has a chance of coming back.
"In fact, they're selling off costumes and props. It's game over."
The source claims the final nail in the coffin came for the gritty crime drama when it was forced off the John Player factory plot, where the show has been filmed since its debut in 2015.
"It has always been on the cards that Red Rock would need to leave John Player one day," the source said.
"Finding new studios and a new exterior lot will involve huge costs - it would be like setting up the show from scratch all over again."
With "mediocre" ratings, Red Rock has become too costly for Ballymount bosses.
"Despite the fact the show is highly regarded, it is not a ratings winner. Audience numbers have been mediocre at best, and the move to 9pm on a Monday didn't work," the source added.
"Red Rock doesn't make any profit, so from a business perspective it can't keep pumping money into a show that doesn't generate advertising revenue.
"Business is business and TV3 needs its shows to be cost-effective and profitable, as it does not have the benefit of a TV licence to fall back on."
A spokesperson for TV3 declined to comment.