Audience Network spent a couple of years developing Antoine Fuqua’s diamond-trade drama Ice before its November 16 debut. It should have spent a bit more time, because the result so far is more cubic zirconia than Peak TV precious stone.

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Highly stylized and with the Training Day director and series EP helming the first episode, the Los Angeles-set series looks sharp and follows fairly standard plotlines for this sort of dark drama. However, as I say in my video review above, that just isn’t enough in this multi-generational tale of the precious gem-trading Green family as the dismal dialogue overwhelms Ice and piles up the clichés nearly as fast as the body count.

Add to that a totally miscast Ray Winstone as London transplant Uncle Cam and Jeremy Sisto and Cam Gigandet doing that well-trodden bad brother/good brother act, and you ended up with a flabby mess of a series. Even a solid turn from Raymond Berry as patriarch Isaac Green and a strong performance by Heroes Reborn alum Judith Shekoni as crime boss Lady Rah can’t break through the damper of the narrative. Donald Sutherland also is cast in the 10-episode first run of Ice as a “ruthless” South African diamond baron but was not featured in the episodes I saw.

Click on my video review above to see more of what I think of Ice, and how it simply lacks the edge and punch of Audience’s Kingdom, still the best thing the AT&T-owned network has put out so far.