There is potential good news for fans of the Terriers TV show, which was cancelled after one season of 13 episodes on FX. There was some serious talk at the ATX Television Festival this weekend about making a sequel movie. Deadline reports creator and EP Ted Griffin said, “We may have investigated [a reboot],” during a “Canceled Too Soon” Terriers panel. “I think we would like to make a movie. And I think we have the idea sort of what we’d want to do, we just need to clear it with Fox [21 Television Studios].”
Executive producer Shawn Ryan added, “There’s a couple of things we’d have to clear. Fox has the rights. This is the kind of show where I feel like if Donal and Mikey were up to it and Ted had the story he wanted to tell this is the world we would definitely revisit, given the opportunity.” Terriers starred Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James, with Laura Allen, Kimberly Quinn, Jamie Denbo, and Rockmond Dunbar.
A comedy-drama, Terriers revolves around Hank Dolworth (Logue) and Britt Pollack (Raymond-James) — best friends who never grew up. An ex-cop and recovering alcoholic, Hank has questionable ethics. Easy-going, hard-drinking Britt has a history of breaking and entering. Together, they run an unlicensed private investigation agency.
The writers joked about the creative process behind the series. “Writing felt like throwing sh** up against the wall sometimes,” executive producer Tim Minear said. Deadpanned Griffin, “Rian Johnson got Star Wars because of the show,” referring to helmer Johnson, director of Star Wars: Episode VIII, who directed one episode of Terriers.
The decision to cancel Terriers was so hard for FX brass, CEO John Landgraf got on the phone to discuss it — a rarity in television.
Today, Ryan offered his own explanation why Terriers couldn’t connect with viewers six years ago.
“I’d like to think we were just a couple of years ahead of our time,” he said, noting that he continues to hear people talk about the show and gets questions about the characters’ fates all the time.
Terriers EP Tim Minear wrote and executive produced Joss Whedon’s Angel TV series. Minear is frequently mis-credited as a Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer, although he never wrote an episode of the parent-series. His Twitter handle is “CancelledAgain.” This is an homage to the short-lived series he has worked on, including Firefly, Drive, Wonderfalls, The Inside, and Dollhouse.
Check out these photos of “Canceled too Soon” Terriers panel. Michael Raymond-James participated via Skype.
— ATX TV Festival (@ATXFestival) June 12, 2016
— Melissa Girimonte (@thetelevixen) June 12, 2016
— Lesley Goldberg (@Snoodit) June 12, 2016
— Melissa Mann (@PhantomRat) June 12, 2016
The first and only season of Terriers is currently available to stream on Netflix.
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