After vague reports and little promotion, Angel scribe Tim Minear’s new series, Terriers, is about to hit the small screen. No, the program is not about a dog expo or a kennel, nor is it the newest Animal Planet search and rescue show. The FX cable series is actually about private investigators with such a low level of expectation for success, they can’t fail.
Created and Executive produced by Ted Griffin (Ocean’s Eleven, Matchstick Men) and Shawn Ryan (Angel, The Shield, Lie To Me), Terriers is a comedic drama which stars Donal Logue (Grounded for Life, Life) as an ex-cop who leaves the force and teams up with his best friend played by Michael Raymond-James (True Blood) as partners in an unlicensed private investigations business. Having written the irreverent pilot episode, Minear stepped up his responsibilities by adding Executive Producer to his list of responsibilities. Considering Minear’s resume, I’d say the series is in deft and capable hands.
One of the most creative writers in the business, Tim Minear has been a genre favorite for over a decade. In 1996, he spent a year writing for the ABC hit series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman before beginning what would be a long though not always satisfying association with FOX. In 1998 Minear worked on FOX’s hit show The X-Files, then produced as well as penned several episodes for another ABC series, the short-lived Strange World, which explored the criminal abuses of science and technology.
Following Strange World’s cancellation, Minear signed on to Angel and spent four seasons delighting fans by producing and overseeing some of the most memorable arcs of the series. Having written such episodes as S1’s “Hero” and “Somnambulist,” S2’s “Darla,” “The Trial,” and “Reunion,” and the memorable S4 finale, “Home,” its no wonder viewers mourned his leaving Angel, but delighted he lent his talents to the irreverent space opera, Firefly, where he continued his dual-role as writer and producer. After penning the de facto series premier “The Train Job” and the poignant “Out of Gas,” Minear’s “Bushwhacked” introduced viewers to the horrific baddies of the ‘verse, the savage and cannibalistic Reavers.
After Firefly, Minear created the quirky and under-appreciated Wonderfalls, then wore numerous hats on other series: an FBI violent crimes task force drama, The Inside; Standoff, a second FBI-centric series, this time about hostage negotiators; the post-Katrina New Orleans cop drama, K-ville; and Nathan Fillion’s second cut-down-before-its-time series, Drive, all of which aired on FOX. Makes you wonder why Minear then agreed to sign a contract that kept his talents there, doesn’t it? But that he did, and moved on to work with Joss Whedon again on a little series called Dollhouse. I think he needed a breather after that, don’t you?
Bouncing back from yet another disappointing though not unexpected cancellation, cable television must have looked pretty good, and Minear joined Ryan on Terriers. On the show, Logue and Raymond-James turn in heartfelt and comedic performances as two friends who try to solve crimes while avoiding danger and responsibility with equal fervor. The series also stars Kimberly Quinn, who has had guest spots on House, CSI:NY and The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Loren Dean (Bones, CSI), and Zach Silva (Desire).
Terriers premiers on Wednesday September 8, 2010 at 10 PM ET/PT.
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