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“Terriers” Premiere Review

Posted by Marlo Stanfield on September 8, 2010

Hank (Donal Logue, Left) and Britt (Michael Raymond-James) star in "Terriers"

Ah, San Diego – my favorite city weather-wise in the United States.  On the likelihood that I’ll sound biased off of the locale, I quite enjoyed Terriers.  It has enough comedy and suspense to carry me through at least another episode, probably more.

However, it walks a fine line of becoming trite and predictable.  The buddy cop theme works, and it will probably thrive on TV’s browork  (netbro?), FX. This is a stale genre though, and I’m not sure Terriers has enough layers past the relationship of Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James to survive.  And I’m not too keen on the tension between Hank and detective Mark Gustafson (Rockmond Dunbar) – the former partner status fight is unsurprising.

Terriers is about ex-cop Hank Dolworth and his best friend/ex-criminal Britt Pollack who partner in an unlicensed investigation business in Ocean Beach, a community in San Diego, CA.  Logue, from Grounded for Life fame, plays the divorcee PI for hire, Hank: a la Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon.  His friend, Britt, (Michael Raymond-James of season 1 of True Blood) plays the somewhat bumblish friend.

Rounding out the cast is Kimberly Quinn as Logue’s ex wife, Gretchen, who walks the fine line of civility with Hank (In case you didn’t know, divorcees aren’t allowed to get along according to TV logic.), Laura Allen as Britt’s girlfriend Katie, and Jamie Denbo as Maggie Lefferts, Hank’s attorney.

In the beginning, Hank and Britt begin their fun by pretending to be pool cleaners to claim a pitbull that is owned by Britt’s drycleaner.  Or so Hank thinks.  They steal the dog after being chased by the muscle-bound owner and as far as I can tell, that’s the best reason the show’s title is Terriers.

The pilot centers on a drunken ex-cop’s missing daughter, which leads to multiple dead bodies and a citywide conspiracy involving a wealthy businessman with a mansion that I could only dream to live in one day.  This seems to be a plotline that they return to multiple times in the season, and I’m behind it.

The acting is pretty solid throughout.  Logue provides enough dry wit and every-guyness that will carry the show; Raymond-James is able to pull off the best friend without being a stereotype. Script’s not perfect, but I found myself laughing out loud a couple of time, adding a nice touch of humor from what could be another procedural cop show.  My final verdict of the show is a positive one: I’m definitely hooked enough to watch a second episode, although I’m weary of how long it can last.  Terriers is certainly not breaking new ground.

Grade: B-

I take it down a notch because Detective Gustafson was speaking with a cigar in his mouth. Multiple times.  I hate that.

He did it better


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New on Wednesdays this Fall

Posted by Mr. Feeny on September 4, 2010

Wednesday’s were insanely crowded with new shows last year. And this year is no different. I guess people must not watch television in the middle of the week. Last year, ABC premiered four new sitcoms. Incredibly, three of them survived (the one that didn’t, Hank, was an early pick of mine to fail). And of course one of those three won the Emmy for Best Comedy. I don’t see that happening again this year. The hour-long shows were very different. Glee succeeded in becoming popular, while Eastwick, The Beautiful Life and Mercy did not.

This year’s lineup of shows on Wednesday seems fairly bland. Except for my only “must-watch” show, Modern Family, it’s a pretty passable slate of programming. I like Survivor and Lie to Me, others like Criminal Minds and America’s Next Top Model. No slam dunks. I like how the 9pm slot is full of three new shows…all about lawyers. One focuses on the prosecution, one on the defense and one on both. Can’t wait to see how that plays out (actually…can I keep waiting until next year? Say, the summer months when nobody watches television?)


Basics: Spy Drama
Twist: Husband and wife
Stars You Know: Gerald McRaney (Major Dad, Promise Land, Jericho)
Creative Team: Creator JJ Abrams (Lost, Alias), Producer Josh Reims (Brothers & Sisters)
Timeslot: 7:00pm (Wed)
Network: NBC
Going Against: The Middle, Better with You, Survivor, America’s Next Top Model, Hell’s Kitchen
Premiere: September 22

Better with You

Basics: Relationship Sitcom
Twist: “Rules of Engagement,” but all related
Stars You Know: Kurt Fuller (Psych, many guest starring), Debra Jo Rupp (That 70’s Show)
Creative Team: Creator Shana Goldberg-Meehan (Joey), Director James Burrows
Timeslot: 7:30pm (Wed)
Network: ABC
Going Against: Undercovers, Survivor, America’s Next Top Model, Hell’s Kitchen
Premiere: September 22


Basics: College Drama
Twist: Cheeleaders
Stars You Know: Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical), Robbie Jones (One Tree Hill), Matt Barr (Harper’s Island), Alyson Michalka (Phil of the Future)
Creative Team: Producer Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives), Tom Welling (Smallville), Director Allan Arkush (Heroes, Crossing Jordan)
Timeslot: 8:00pm (Wed)
Network: CW
Going Against: Modern Family, Hell’s Kitchen, Law & Order SVU, Criminal Minds, Cougar Town
Premiere: September 8

Law & Order: Los Angeles

Basics: Legal Drama
Twist: No Sam Waterson, but other prosecutors
Stars You Know: Skeet Ulrich (Jericho), Alfred Molina (Spiderman 2), Terrence Howard (Iron Man)
Creative Team: Creator Dick Wolf (Law & Order)
Timeslot: 9:00pm (Wed)
Network: NBC
Going Against: Defenders, The Whole Truth, Terriers
Premiere: September 29


Basics: Legal Dramedy
Twist: Defense attorneys in Las Vegas
Stars You Know: Jim Belushi (According to Jim), Jerry O’Connell (Sliders, Crossing Jordan)
Creative Team: Nobodies
Timeslot: 9:00pm (Wed)
Network: CBS
Going Against: The Whole Truth, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Terriers
Premiere: September 22

The Whole Truth

Basics: Legal Drama
Twist: Prosecutors and Defenders
Stars You Know: Maura Tierney (ER, NewsRadio), Rob Morrow (Numb3rs)
Creative Team: Producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pick a show, any show), Director Alex Graves (The West Wing),
Timeslot: 9:00pm (Wed)
Network: ABC
Going Against: Defenders, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Terriers
Premiere: September 22


Basics: Crime Dramedy
Twist: Two friends become private investigators
Stars You Know: Donal Logue (Damages, Grounded for Life), Michael Raymond-James (True Blood)
Creative Team: Creator Ted Griffin (Ocean’s Eleven), Producer Shawn Ryan (The Shield)
Timeslot: 9:00pm (Wed)
Network: FX
Going Against: Defenders, Law & Order: Los Angeles, The Whole Truth
Premiere: September 8

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