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FX Show ‘Terriers’ Canceled

Above: Private Detectives Hank (Donal Logue) and Britt (Michael Raymond-James) relax in Ocean Beach on "Terriers"

"Terriers," the character-driven private-eye drama shot in and around Ocean Beach has not been renewed for a second season due to low ratings. Apparently, the ratings were even too low for FX, which tends to renew shows they believe in despite low ratings in the hopes that viewership will build.

"Terriers" had very good reviews and a growing cult following, but it wasn't enough. Last ditch efforts were made by the writers, producers, and fans to save the show, obviously to no avail. "Terriers" was produced by "The Shield's" Shawn Ryan and written by "Ocean's 11" scribe, Ted Griffin.

When I tweeted the news of the cancellation this morning, a couple local fans of the show retweeted, all with a similar sentiment: bummer.

This really is a bummer for the San Diego economy. In September, shortly before "Terriers" launched, Karla Peterson at the U-T wrote that "Terriers" "is a big boost to the local economy. It is the first non-reality series to shoot in San Diego since the short-lived CBS dramedy 'The Ex List' decamped in 2008. The 106-member crew includes 75 to 80 locals, and 20th Century Fox Studios estimates it will spend at least $17 million in San Diego by the time it wraps up production on the 13 'Terriers' episodes."

Bummer, indeed.

Did you like the "Terriers"? How did it rank among the shows that have been shot here in San Diego, such as "Veronica Mars" or "HBO's "John from Cincinnati"? Did it manage to capture the feel of Ocean Beach?

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DSprings | December 7, 2010 at 12:22 p.m. ― 6 years, 2 months ago

I watched very episode of Terriers and what I liked about it was the opportunity to play guess-where-that-is. I've never seen the old Caltrans headquarters in Old Town, for instance, look so good. It was a great setting for the police station. Logue's charisma is always fun, but I thought Michael Raymond-James' character was weak. He shone much more in True Blood. The story lines were all over the place and not so interesting, but I still enjoyed this show much more than John from Cincinatti. (It was depressing enough that Deadwood was canceled but then to follow with JfC? Salt in the wound.) Sons of Anarchy should shoot a season in SD and then we can see if fellow "Sheild" alum Kurt Sutter can give Shawn Ryan a smackdown. Also, they should have called the show "Poodles." FX would certainly have renewed for a 2nd season in that case.

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NeoGeo12 | December 7, 2010 at 12:53 p.m. ― 6 years, 2 months ago

To any readers who have not seen the show. If your big on Mythology or serialized content watch the entire series or watch episodes 1,4,5,10-13. If your more into solo/procedural episode watch episode 3,6-9.)

Terriers has some of the most relative characters to date. This show was magic like the first two seasons of Burn Notice but tens times better. This show was great because it knew how to use subtleties and the human condition at top value and also reward viewers with predicaments and action(where were you AMC/Mad Men fans).It may not be Vic Mackey kicking down doors and interrogating suspects. It's not America's favorite Serial Killer Dexter hunting killers to feed his blood lust. It's definitely not a typical CBS procedural where forensic science always catches the bad guy or everything get's resolved in one sixty minute episode. I'll tell you what this show is: It's about two guys who are best friends with some of the most authentic chemistry ever done on television. Both characters Hank Dolworth and Britt Pollack work as bottom of the barrel unlicensed private investigators taking on cases ranging from odd to above their pay grade. Know why these characters are so easy to relate to. These guys were the average you or me not only fighting your typical bad guys but a system that protects the rich, the powerful, and the greedy. In the times we are living now it's hard to understand why no one could not see the relevance in this show. In my opinion FX is not to blame we the viewers have voices we can use them to be heard. The Nielson rating system is flawed they can't comprehend the exact viewing numbers so they use mathematical equations to estimate them.I know that the there obviously more than half million viewers tuning in. So here what I propose we continue the Email Campaign until September 8, 2011(Terriers premiere anniversary). We not only send emails to FX but to alternative channels willing to nurture this gem such as USA Network, Spike TV, AE, TBS, and TNT. Below I have the email contact information.
FX- />USA Network-
Spike /> 2. />AE- />TBS- />TNT-One CNN Center
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Phone: 404-827-1700

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Angela Carone | December 7, 2010 at 1:29 p.m. ― 6 years, 2 months ago

"Poodles!" Ms. Springs, you may be on to something.

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Drewski | December 19, 2010 at 9:38 a.m. ― 6 years, 2 months ago

Very disappointing that this show was canceled. I blame that one on the marketing. I happened to stumble on it and watched every episode and thought the acting and story lines were very well done. It was dark and unpredictable, which is not the norm for TV shows these days. It also lacked that typical cheese that gets baked into most TV shows. I will admit that I had no idea where the first couple of episodes were going, so that probably lost a lot of viewers, but from the middle to the end it was the most entertaining show on TV for me. I felt like I was watching more of a HBO series or movie. If this show had the marketing of a Hawaii 5-0 or Detroit 187, I don't think it would have been canceled. I watch both those shows and enjoy those as well. I thought Terriers was just as good, if not better than those shows. However, when I would ask other people if they watch Terriers, most people never even heard of it. Somebody should pick it up.......please!

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sta | December 19, 2010 at 4:46 p.m. ― 6 years, 2 months ago

I'm so disappointed that Terriers was cancelled. I watched every episode on Hulu & always looked forward to seeing what would come next. I enjoyed the chemistry of the characters and to see where they would be in San Diego. Darn!

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Moka | December 19, 2010 at 10:44 p.m. ― 6 years, 2 months ago

I am so disappointed also that Terriers was cancelled. I agree with Drewski that it was not marketed very well. I too stumbled on it and watched every episode. Very few people ever heard of it. It was so good. I loved the acting and story lines. Please, please find a network to pick it up and advertise it better next time!

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marisela | December 21, 2010 at 4:31 p.m. ― 6 years, 2 months ago

I have two terrier pups and I didn't have any interest in watching the show until my husband told me what the show was about and mentioned the good reviews. We watched it from Episode 1 and were hooked immediately.

One reviewer mentioned Hawaii Five-O...funny thing is that my husband and LOVE Hawaii and thought the show was photographed beautifully...but we thought it was so weak compared to Terriers and actually stopped watching Five-O partway through the season.

I think that the title Terriers turned off quite a few people. I understand the name but I think it needed a subtitle to explain it. Quite a few times I had to tell people "no, it's NOT a show about dogs..."

Sure hope another network picks up this gem. I can't believe how attached I became to the characters. There have been a few shows I have liked more, but probably none that I will miss more. Does that make sense?

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