Nick's TV Review: FX's TERRIERS
Published: September 12, 2010 - 6:25pm
FX's latest addition to their fall lineup, Terriers explores what it’s like in today's America to be “too small to fail.” Does the show have the potential to be another success or failure for the network?
Ever since The Shield, new FX shows will garner my attention (and they should yours too). The Shield was arguably one of the best series on television and Sons of Anarchy is fast becoming a fan favorite. So when FX announced that they have a new show and that it is produced by Shawn Ryan, the same guy that did The Shield, well I'm all in. Terriers debuted September 8th and per the FX website...
Terriers from Creator/Executive Producer Ted Griffin (Ocean’s Eleven, Matchstick Men) and Executive Producer Shawn Ryan (The Shield), is a comedic drama starring Donal Logue (The Tao of Steve) and Michael Raymond-James (True Blood). It centers on “Hank Dolworth” (Logue), an ex-cop, who partners with his best friend “Britt Pollack” (Raymond-James) in an unlicensed private investigation business.
Comedic, edgy, original, a show about high stakes in the face of low expectations, Terriers explores what it’s like in today's America to be “too small to fail.” Co-stars include Laura Allen (Dirt) as “Katie,” Britt’s girlfriend; Rockmond Dunbar (Prison Break) as “Detective Mark Gustafson,” former colleague of Hank; and Jamie Denbo (Weeds) as “Maggie Lefferts,” Hank’s attorney. Craig Brewer (Hustle and Flow, The Shield) directed the pilot episode. Terriers is produced by Fox 21.
I understand that this was the very first episode and that there has to be some set-up for the show, but the first half seemed to drag quite a bit. Thankfully, the second half picked up and by the end of the show my lovely wife summed it up best, "I'm marginally interested but it had better get going soon." FX is really trying to push this show as a Dramedy and if they are going to stick with that, then they need to up the comedy aspect considerably. Unfortunately for FX, only 1.6 million viewers tuned in to catch the pilot and less than half of those were in the coveted 18-49 year old demographic. That's not to say that the show won't be a success. Son's of Anarchy's pilot only debuted with 2.5 million but has grown and now brings in around 4 million on average. I will check out the second episode and I am hoping for good things before I put the dog out for good on this new show.