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Last Man stands up

CHANNEL 7's new drama series, Last Man Standing, has raised some perplexing questions about Australian drama.

LMS has failed to grab the attention of viewers in its first two weeks despite being a quality product and running after Seven's hit, Desperate Housewives.

It was ranked a dismal No. 27 out of all the shows screened on Monday night, and could only reach No. 11 in the younger 16-39 demographic.

The strange thing is that we reckon LMS is a funny series, with good acting and an irreverent humour that should appeal to 20 and 30-somethings.

A weak first episode wouldn't have helped matters, but we hear the series only gets better and better through the season.

Perhaps a string of so-called duds, like Ten's Cooks and CrashBurn, have made young people cynical.

Ever since The Secret Life of Us went awry in its third season, local hit drama series tend to appeal to a wider audience, a la Blue Heelers, McLeod's Daughters and All Saints.

Let's hope LMS can get the numbers before it too hits the cutting room floor.

We reckon it's really worth a go.

June 15, 2005
The Hearld Sun