So it seems like every couple of years or so a rumor pops up about a possible return for the cult show Terriers. These rumors always lead to heartbreak for the small, but fierce fanbase, but we maintain hope none the less. For the uninitiated, Terriers was a show about a pair of rag-tag ‘beach detectives’ that aired on FX back in 2010, and totaled only 13 episodes before its inevitable ratings-doomed cancellation. In fact, the ratings were so bad that not only did the few people who watched the show see the cancellation coming weeks before it happened, but many of us actually considered it a gift that FX finished the season out, something that would never have happened on broadcast television.
In the years since, and with a little help from NetFlix, Terriers’ fanbase has grown from minuscule to modest, but remains still unknown to the masses. Despite this, the interest never seems to go away. That is perhaps why is was newsworthy when creators Ted Griffin and Shawn Ryan spoke at the ATX Television Fest in Austin, Texas, back in June.
“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.” – Shawn Ryan
“Donal and Mikey” of course being the show’s two lead actors Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James. They were of course both on hand for the June panel as well (Raymond-James via big screen Skype), and Louge had this to say;
“Michael and I talk about it all the time. It was the only job I’ve been on where I can’t really describe what it was like. I can’t distinguish myself from a character in this thing and a fan of this thing.”
Michael Raymond-James chimed in over the big screen;
“I’m Skyping you guys from some medium-security correctional facility that Britt’s been in these last six years,”
This is the kind of talk that actors and writers always spew at panels like this, so it’s no big deal right? Well, here we are a few months later, and people are still buzzing, and so when the Television Critics Association Press Tour started, and FX big-wig John Landgraf started taking questions, people wanted to know about Terriers.
“I’m not saying we’ll never do a reboot because I guess we will at one point,” Landgraf said, admitting that he often thinks about the show whose cancellation he had called a very hard decision to make.
And to further prove that the audience is still hungry, give a listen to the podcast that The TV Dudes did with Griffin and Ryan back in June, and tell me there are still rabid fans. Furthermore, now years after it left FX’s schedule, there is a new podcast starting September 8th dedicated just to the show called Beach Cop Detectives: A Terriers Podcast.