This is HUGE. One of the best canceled-too-soon television series in recent memory, Terriers may be due to return. And no, not on Netflix, as we’ve previous suggested. But as a two-hour television movie.
Unlike a lot of other canceled television series that tease movies for years that never come to fruition — Party Down, Veronica Mars,
Arrested Development — Shawn Ryan, the executive producer and writer of Terriers (as well as the creator of The Shield and Chicago Code) — is not waiting around for a television network or a studio to greenlight a movie. He’s going straight to the fans. He’s set to become the most high-profile TV producer yet to use Kickstarter to fund a project, as he revealed in an interview with TBI Vision.
Ryan told TBI that he doesn’t think the stories “have been rung out” and following surprisingly high viewing figures from online video service Netflix, would like to try and work with [series creator Ted] Griffin to close it off via a two hour TV movie.
“I’ve had friends who’ve raised money for indie movies through Kickstarter 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, he said.
He added: “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 is in talks with Griffin and if he approves the idea, will discuss with Fox 21, the company that produced the original series.
I was heartbroken when FX cancelled Terriers because it was both an excellent show and seemed to suit the network so well. I thought, however, that the season finale did a nice job of ending the series, although there’s little in the world I’d love to do more than spend two more hours with Hank and Britt. Maybe without the restrictions of cable television, Laura Allen could even do some fan service to repay the Kickstarter contributors, of which I will definitely be one.
If it comes to fruition, we’ll make sure to point you to the Kickstarter page so you can help fund the movie, as well.
(Source: TBI Vision)