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'Terriers' officially a one-season wonder

Posted by Matthew Gilbert  December 6, 2010 11:58 AM

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Sometimes I feel like Debbie Downer, when it comes to cancellation news. But here we go again. "Terriers," one of the year's best new shows, will not return for a second season. The FX announcement is no surprise to fans, who have been aware of the ax hanging over the series for many weeks now. The ratings have just been awful all season long, with little rises here and there, but nothing consistent enough to indicate much potential.

Now "Terriers" joins the likes of "Keen Eddie," "Wonderfalls," "The Comeback," and, oh yeah, "Freaks and Geeks" as a show gone too soon. Maybe it needed a better title ...? "Terriers" just doesn't say enough. And anyway, if the show's scruffy private eyes were dogs, they were Golden Retrievers or Lab mixes. Also, I think the tone of “Terriers’’ may have been a little too soft for the audience of a network that is known for more aggressive, morally shaky series such as “The Shield’’ and “Nip/Tuck.’’ "Terriers" belonged on TNT, perhaps?

I really loved "Terriers" when it premiered in September -- here's my review. I liked to think of it as beachfront noir, because the two crime-solvers were working in the hippie-ish San Diego neighborhood of Ocean Beach. The show was a great playground for actors Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James, who were overgrown boys trying to become men.

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