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.
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.