Irish actor Stuart Townsend's hopes of becoming a US TV star have been dashed - his new drama series has reportedly been axed.

Townsend, who is dating Charlize Theron, was the star of quirky show The Night Stalker, but the much-hyped show has failed to set the ratings alight.

The series is a reworking of 1970s show KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER, which starred Darren McGavin.

Show creator FRANK SPOTNITZ tells movie website, "While I'm disappointed the series has come to an end, I am enormously grateful for the experience and the opportunity given me by the network (ABC)."

Though only six of the nine episodes that were filmed have been aired, ABC has no plans to show the rest of the series at this stage.