Will ‘Terriers’ Return As a TV Movie?

A report suggests that FX's critically acclaimed drama may find new life through Kickstarter, but Shawn Ryan cautions that it will be "difficult."

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Back in 2010, FX debuted "Terriers," a private investigator drama starring Donal Logue as an ex-alcoholic former cop, Hank Dolworth and Michael Raymond-James as his friend and former thief, Britt Pollack as they formed an unlikely duo across 13 episodes.

"Terriers" was created by Ted Griffin and executive produced by Shawn Ryan ("The Shield"). Although the series was met with criminally low ratings, "Terriers" was a hit among critics and even topped CraveOnline's list of the best TV dramas of 2010. FX may have canceled the series, but now there is at least hope that it could return.

Weeks ago, Ryan teased the possibility of a "Terriers" TV movie that would be funded through Kickstarter on his twitter account. Earlier this week. TBI Vision caught with Ryan and managed to get a few quotes from him on the subject.

“I’ve had friends who’ve raised money for indie movies through Kickstarter," said Ryan. And I started to think that if you wanted to make a 2 hour movie that capped off that series, how would it cost to make it and would there be a way to raise the money via a combination of Netflix and Kickstarter… It’s a very nervous time in the TV industry because paradigms are changing  but it’s also exciting because in the past the show would have been dead and gone and never to be revived but is there a way to do something.”

Ryan added “I don’t own the rights [to 'Terriers'], Fox 21 does but maybe there’d be some upside for them if they didn’t have to chip in a dime but all of a sudden had a two hour movie as an asset that they could add to what they have on Netflix, maybe they’d go for it.”

The original report at TBI Vision stated that Ryan "is in talks with Griffin" and that he will approach FOX 21 if Griffin approves. Following the release of this story, Ryan jumped on Twitter again to cool down the speculation that a "Terriers" revival was further along than it actually is.

"Not to throw cold water on folks, but reports of 'Terriers' movie revival are incredibly premature and would be very difficult to pull off," wrote Ryan. "Would I like [the] 'Terriers' movie revival to happen? Of course. Will I look into it? Yes? Are obstacles immense? Yes. Appreciate show love though… Just want to be honest with fans so you don't get your hopes up unnecessarily. #TerriersForever "

We'll keep you posted on any future "Terriers" developments here at CraveOnline. And if a Kickstarter campaign to bring "Terriers" back becomes a reality, I'll be one of the first to donate.