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Posted at 1:15 PM ET, 12/ 7/2010

[Updated] FX cancels 'Terriers,' helps TV critics grieve. Creator to hold wake. Yes, seriously.

By Lisa de Moraes

[This blog post has been updated]


FX canceled buddy/cop drama "Terriers," and TV critics mourned. (FX)


Update: "Terriers" creator Shawn Ryan has tweeted that he's going to hold a "Twitter wake" for the now-canceled FX show, on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 10 p.m. ET and again at 10 p.m. PT., after tweeting emotionally:

Terriers fans know that all the emails you sent in to FX on behalf of show were read by FX prez John Landgraf and caused sleepless nights.

WaPo Team TV's Emily Yahr writes:

A few hours after FX cable network announced it would not order a second season of its buddy/cop drama "Terriers," its president John Landgraf got on the phone to console the ones who seemed to be taking the news the hardest -- TV critics. It certainly wasn't viewers, since hardly any of them bothered to watch the series.

Knowing he was speaking to those who had spent the last few weeks begging people, on their blogs and Twitter accounts, to watch the show, Landgraf launched into a really, really long explanation of his decision.

We'll first give you the abridged version: "The ratings stank."

And here, if you are looking for more detail -- and remember, you asked for it -- is some of what Landgraf had to say about "Terriers":

"It had a subtle charm that kind of crept into your psyche over time and you got to like it more...I don't know if subtlety is something the American public is buying in droves today," Landgraf said.

"When I look at 'Jersey Shore,' and the Kardashians, and 'Sons of Anarchy,' and 'The Walking Dead'...and up to and including what seems to be selling in the political space in America, I wouldn't say that subtlety and nuance describe the most successful kind of pop content in America today," Landgraf said.

Yeah, it was like that.

One reporter simpered that it was unusual for a network president to take a half-hour out of his important day for this type of post-cancellation call, to which Landgraf responded that it is his goal to run the network "in a much more transparent way." (Translation: "It was a Shawn Ryan series".)

As the call wound down, bereft TV critics having been successfully talked off the figurative ledge, Landgraf sounded truly despondent as he noted the success of a show on a rival network.

"Kudos to AMC for having such success with 'The Walking Dead,' Landgraf said sadly/cynically.

"It's now obvious that zombies was an unfulfilled need in the American people."

By Lisa de Moraes  | December 7, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
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Comments

I will miss Terriers. It was well acted and well written. Clever and sly. Too bad it is gone.

At least, we have Archer.

Posted by: milevin | December 6, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Drat! That was a great show!

Posted by: talleyl | December 7, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Watched two episodes, and hated both of them. It was like an unfunny version of Dumb and Dumber.

Posted by: strohminator | December 7, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with the naysayers. This was a great show. It was innovative, thought provocative, and just different. Unlike every other carbon copy that seems to squeak through because of big name actors, or violently packed episodes, Terriers brought a new freshness to the TV scene. I think FX was way off target on this one. Maybe they could have changed the time slot. There is a lot of competition for that time slot. I don't get it. You blew it FX. Maybe another network might pick it up? It is better than watching worn out episodes of Two and a Half Men. See ya FX. I have no allegiance to your station now.

Posted by: Blogical1 | December 7, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with the naysayers. This was a great show. It was innovative, thought provocative, and just different. Unlike every other carbon copy that seems to squeak through because of big name actors, or violently packed episodes, Terriers brought a new freshness to the TV scene. I think FX was way off target on this one. Maybe they could have changed the time slot. There is a lot of competition for that time slot. I don't get it. You blew it FX. Maybe another network might pick it up? It is better than watching worn out episodes of Two and a Half Men. See ya FX. I have no allegiance to your station now.

Posted by: Blogical1 | December 7, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the show would get some ratings if they put any marketing behind it! Most people that I've spoken with have never heard of it and when you say the name of the series they think it's something on Animal Planet. It's a shame that this wonderful show will fail due to the marketing plan. FX should hang in there with it. Smart TV sometimes works.

Posted by: higginp1 | December 8, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I am SSSSOOO tired of my favorite shows being cancelled. "Terriers" was one of the best shows on TV in years. But no, the TV gurus keep "Jersey Shore" and cancel a show with wit, heart, excellent writing, and excellent acting. FX, shame on you. Maybe some other network producers will have the good sense to cast Donal Logue and and Michael Raymond-James together in another show.

Posted by: LindaLK | December 9, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Sadly a quality show gets cancelled. Terriers should have been a mid-season start like so many other cable dramas are these days. Starting it at the beginning of the fall season for networks, there was just too much competition for people's time. Better marketing and putting it in Sons of Anarchy's off-season time slot would have given this drama the chance to succeed. I'm glad I got to see it but am saddened that it's over. It ought to be a crime to mismanage the promotion and scheduling of such a quality program. I guess the Jersey Shore/Jerry Springer/Teen Mom fan base determines what the discriminating viewers among us get to watch. And to think, those fans vote in political elections, too. No wonder this country is going to the dogs....but alas, not to the Terriers.

Posted by: LeoVale | December 10, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

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